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New Director for the Australian Institute of Criminology

Media Release

12 July 2004

Media release from the Hon Philip Ruddock MP, Attorney-General; and Senator, the Hon Chris Ellison, Minister for Justice and Customs

The Attorney-General, Philip Ruddock, and the Minister for Justice and Customs, Chris Ellison, have today welcomed the appointment of Dr Toni Makkai as Director at the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC).

Dr Makkai's appointment starts next month and is for a period of five years.

"Dr Makkai has made a valuable contribution to the AIC since 1997, and this appointment is recognition of her expertise and skills in the field of criminological research," Mr Ruddock said.

In 2001, Dr Makkai took up the position of Director of Research and has been Acting Director at the AIC since September 2003.

"We look forward to continuing to work with Dr Makkai in furthering the AIC's important role as Australia's national centre for the analysis and dissemination of criminological data and information," Senator Ellison said.

"Dr Makkai's leadership will ensure the AIC continues to play a central role in ensuring such data and information is of a high quality and reflects both current trends and emerging issues in crime and criminology," he said.

Dr Makkai has a strong reputation in the criminology community and has shown a solid commitment to informing public policy development through social science research. She was awarded her Doctorate in 1989 from the University of Queensland and lectured in Australia and the United Kingdom until 1997.

The position of Director was advertised nationally and internationally in November 2003.

The AIC is an Australian Government statutory authority and was established under the Criminology Research Act 1971.

The AIC operates with a Board of Management and reports to the Attorney-General and the Minister for Justice and Customs.