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Seeking Australia’s best crime prevention programs

Media release

7 June 2016

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPA). These awards recognise and reward good practice in the prevention or reduction of violence and other types of crime in Australia.

This year, the ACVPA celebrates its 25th year of rewarding outstanding community-based crime and violence prevention projects. The awards are open to projects of all sizes, including smaller initiatives involving local community groups.

Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) Director, Mr Chris Dawson, said the awards play a vital role in highlighting effective community-based initiatives to prevent crime and violence, before it actually occurs.

“I strongly encourage businesses, community networks, and members of the public to nominate local projects that have made an impact on their community by reducing crime and violence,” Mr Dawson said.

“Recent national awards went to winners as diverse as a restorative justice project, a detention transition program, and a program that reduces victimisation from online fraud activity.”

The awards are a joint initiative of the Australian, State and Territory governments, coordinated by the AIC and co-sponsored by the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council.
Nominations close 29 July 2016. To apply for this year’s awards visit

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