Australian Institute of Criminology

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About the AIC

The Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) is Australia's national research and knowledge centre on crime and justice. The Institute seeks to promote justice and reduce crime by undertaking and communicating evidence-based research to inform policy and practice.

The AIC was established in 1973 under the Criminology Research Act 1971. Since July 1, 2011 the Australian Institute of Criminology, a Commonwealth statutory authority, is regulated under the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 (FMA Act).

The functions of the AIC include conducting criminological research; communicating the results of research; conducting or arranging conferences and seminars; and publishing material arising out of the AIC's work.

The Director and Chief Executive of the Institute is Michael Phelan APM.

A Criminology Research Advisory Council comprised of the CRG representatives from each jurisdiction, advises the Director on strategic research priorities, communications and on the Criminology Research Grants program.