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Australian Institute of Criminology's 25th! - facts and figures

Media Release

24 November 1998

The Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) is celebrating its 25th anniversary tomorrow with the release of a handy Facts and Figures booklet.

The booklet presents the most up-to-date information available on crime throughout Australia, covering the number of different types of recorded crimes, their place of occurrence, victim details, responses of criminal justice agencies and the government resources directed to deal with crime.

A celebratory dinner will also be held with high profile guests, including Senator Amanda Vanstone, Minister for Justice; Commissioner Mick Palmer, Australian Federal Police; Professor Don Aitkin, Vice Chancellor, University of Canberra; and Justice Jim Muirhead of the Royal Commission into Deaths in Custody, the first interim head of the Institute.

Legislation establishing the AIC was passed in 1971 and the AIC commenced operation in 1973 as a Commonwealth statutory authority to provide a national focus for the study of crime and criminal justice in Australia and for the dissemination of criminal justice information.

"The Institute conducts in house research, works collaboratively with other organisations and draws on information supplied by a wide variety of sources to provide policy advice that is objective and independent", said Dr Adam Graycar, Director of the Institute.

The Australian Institute of Criminology's authoritative publications are widely distributed within Australia and internationally. And it holds the most comprehensive collection of crime data in Australia.

The Institute's library is one of the world's leading criminological libraries and serves a wide variety of criminal justice agencies. Almost half the library's holdings are unique or of limited availability within Australia.

AIC holds regular seminars and conferences covering significant issues of public importance. The third National Outlook Symposium on Crime in Australia to be conducted by the Institute will be held in Canberra in March next year.