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Statement of Expectation 2012/13

By the Hon Jason Clare, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice For The Australian Institute of Criminology

My expectation of the key strategic priorities for the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) is as follows:

  1. Undertake impartial and contemporary policy-relevant research of the highest standard on crime and justice for Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments to assist Government to improve their efforts to prevent crime. This research should take into account but is not limited to:
    1. the Research Priorities as set under the Crime and Law Enforcement Research Agenda;
    2. the capabilities under the Commonwealth Organised Crime Strategic Framework; and
    3. advice on research priorities provided by the Criminology Research Advisory Council.
  2. Develop, working with HOCOLEA agencies, a Research Plan under the Crime and Law Enforcement Research Agenda to better coordinate research across Government.
  3. Produce and disseminate user friendly research findings to policy-makers, researchers, law enforcement and other practitioners and the general public in a timely manner.
  4. Maintain and produce research information of value to key stakeholders from ongoing monitoring programs and other research data collections.
  5. Maximise criminology research efforts and resources by working closely with other research and data collection institutions.
  6. Assume the role of the former Criminology Research Council and provide research grants relevant to public policy jurisdictions in areas of law, police, judiciary, corrections, mental health, social welfare, education and related fields.
  7. Manage the Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards to recognise good practice in the prevention or reduction of violence and other types of crime in Australia.
  8. Provide statistics, information and advice to support the implementation of the Commonwealth Organised Crime Strategic Framework.

25 May 2013

Australian Institute of Criminology Statement of Intent 2012/13

The AIC formally commits to meeting the expectations of the Minister. These will be measured using the following key performance indicators for each expectation:

1. Undertake impartial and contemporary policy-relevant research of the highest standard on crime and justice for Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments to assist Government to improve their efforts to prevent crime. This research should take into account but is not limited to:

  • the Research Priorities as set under the Crime and Law Enforcement Research Agenda;
  • the capabilities under the Commonwealth Organised Crime Strategic Framework; and
  • advice on research priorities provided by the Criminology Research Advisory Council.

Key performance indicators

Research

  • Undertake a range of timely and policy-relevant research that is valued by stakeholders

Consultation

AIC will:

  • Seek the views of AGD and portfolio agencies about research gaps
  • Ensure that AGD and portfolio agencies are included in AIC research activities
  • Keep AGD and portfolio agencies informed about AIC research findings
  • Seek the views of the Criminology Research Advisory Council at least annually on research priorities and future directions of the communications functions
  • Seek the views of state and territory law and justice agencies with regard to new and emerging research needs

Publications (research outcomes)

  • 100% of Trends & Issues papers and Research and Public Policy papers are peer reviewed
  • Annual production of at least 23 peer-reviewed publications are produced
  • The successful collection, analysis and dissemination of timely and valued information from the AIC’s monitoring programs
  • Annual production of at least 40 other publications (including but not limited to information sheets, newsletters, academic journal papers, contracted research reports)
  • Production of an annual edition of Facts and Figures

2. Develop, working with HOCOLEA agencies, a Research Plan under the Crime and Law Enforcement Research Agenda to better coordinate research across Government.

Key performance indicators

AIC will:

  • Convene regular meetings of the Commonwealth Law Enforcement Research Steering network
  • Develop a Commonwealth Law Enforcement Research Plan for endorsement by HOCOLEA
  • Fulfil a ‘clearinghouse’ coordination function for research undertaken by HOCOLEA agencies

3. Produce and disseminate user-friendly research findings to policy-makers, researchers, law enforcement and other practitioners and the general public in a timely manner.

Key performance indicators

Publications

  • 100% of Trends & Issues papers and Research and Public Policy papers are peer reviewed
  • Annual production of at least 23 peer-reviewed publications are produced
  • The successful collection, analysis and dissemination of timely and valued information from the AIC’s monitoring programs
  • Annual production of at least 40 other publications (including but not limited to information sheets, newsletters, academic journal papers, contracted research reports)
  • Production of an annual edition of Facts and Figures

Events

  • Hold at least 10 Conferences, Roundtables and other forums held

Dissemination

  • 90% of web users report they find the website up to date and useful
  • 90% of routine alerting to subscribers and listservs complete within two days of release
  • All publications are placed on the website within 24 hours of release
  • Development of a suite of Government 2.0 information dissemination channels

4. Maintain and produce research information of value to key stakeholders from ongoing monitoring programs and other research data collections.

Key performance indicators

  • The successful collection, analysis and dissemination of timely and valued information from the AIC’s key monitoring programs:
    • National Homicide Monitoring Program
    • Drug Use Monitoring Australia
    • Fraud against the Commonwealth
    • National Deaths in Custody Monitoring Program
    • Policy Custody survey
    • National Armed Robbery Monitoring Program
    • Trafficking in Persons Monitoring Program.

5. Maximise criminology research efforts and resources by working closely with other research and data collection institutions.

Key performance indicators

  • Create and/or maintain effective linkages with key research and data agencies
  • Seek opportunities to conduct research in partnership

6. Assume the role of the former Criminology Research Council and provide research grants relevant to public policy jurisdictions in areas of law, police, judiciary, corrections, mental health, social welfare, education and related fields.

Key performance indicators

  • Criminology Research Grants funds are used to support research that is relevant to current and future public policy issues
  • Provide research advice and administrative support to assist the Criminology Research Advisory Council in its deliberations for funding of relevant grants and consultancies applications
  • Ensure the effective promotion of the Criminology Research Grants program and dissemination of CRG-funded research outcomes
  • Report on the grants program in the AIC annual report

7. Manage the Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards to recognise good practice in the prevention or reduction of violence and other types of crime in Australia.

Key performance indicators

  • Provision of secretariat services for the Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPA) program, including management of the ACVPA nominations process
  • Provide research advice and administrative support to assist the ACVPA Board in its deliberations in making annual ACVPA Awards
  • Ensure the effective promotion of the ACVPA Awards program and Award winners each year

8. Provide statistics, information and advice to support the implementation of the Commonwealth Organised Crime Strategic Framework.

Key performance indicators

  • Provide information and advice in support of the Framework as required
  • Respond to individual agency requests for research support of their responses to organised crime

In addition, the AIC will:

  • Be responsive to any requests for information from the Minister’s Office and/or the Attorney General’s Department and alerting the Minister to any significant events related to the AIC’s activities through clear, concise and timely advice
    • Regular meetings with Minister and AGD to consult on AIC research program and identify research gaps and priority areas
    • Provide advice and support as required, taking into account legislated functions and within existing resources
  • Keep the Minister informed in writing, comprehensively and in a timely way, about the AIC’s performance and about issues affecting its capacity to achieve its objectives and functions
    • 90% of submissions are of good or excellent quality
    • Minister is satisfied that he has been notified in a timely fashion of any ‘significant event’
  • Demonstrate best practice in corporate governance, privacy, security, and information management and comply with relevant legislative requirements
    • Unqualified audits on the end of year financial statements secured
    • 100% compliance with all internal audit recommendations
    • 100% of all new policies and guidelines are promulgated to staff within one working day of release
    • Annual review of the Director/Chief Executive’s Instructions
    • Ongoing management of the Institute’s Risk Control Register
    • Ensure the AIC complies with all relevant government legislation
    • Annual report is lodged by the due date
    • AIC staff conduct themselves in a manner which is consistent with the Public Service Code of Conduct
  • Preserve and strengthen the community’s confidence in the AIC
    • Regular engagement with Commonwealth, state/territory and academic stakeholders
    • As per Expectation 3 above
    • Production and dissemination of a range of publications
    • Holding of conferences and events
    • Information dissemination via library alerts and a range of Government 2.0 measures
  • Promote and uphold the Australian Public Service Values and Code of Conduct as set out in sections 10 and 13 of the Public Service Act 1999.
    • AIC staff conduct themselves in a manner which is consistent with the Public Service Code of Conduct

25 May 2013