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AIC 2015–16 annual report shows continued influence on criminological research and policy development

Media release

13 October 2016

The Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) has today released its Annual Report 2015–16, which demonstrates the Institute’s achievements in the conduct of criminological research and dissemination of research findings, in a year of transition for the agency.

“This year, the AIC produced 60 research products highlighting its research on an impressive array of research topics and expertise,” AIC Director, Mr Chris Dawson APM said.

Topics included child exploitation, cybercrime, deaths in custody, domestic and family violence, fraud, homicide, human trafficking and slavery, identity crime, methamphetamine use, missing persons, police officer safety, public sector corruption, and unexplained wealth.

“A hallmark of the AIC’s research in 2015–16 is its focus on policy relevance to inform future criminal justice strategies.

“Thirty-six per cent of the AIC’s research was used in government publications, and a further 22 percent was used in parliamentary documents,” Mr Dawson said.

In September 2016, the Minister for Justice, the Hon. Michael Keenan MP introduced legislation to the Parliament to merge the AIC and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC).

“The Institute has served successive Australian governments and the criminal justice system for more than four decades as the nation’s research and knowledge centre on crime and justice.

“Once the legislation passes Parliament, the AIC will become the Australian Crime and Justice Research Centre, where it will continue to deliver influential criminological research,” Mr Dawson said.

The Annual Report 2015–16 can be found on the AIC website: www.aic.gov.au

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