The Australian Institute of Criminology is the national centre for the study of crime and criminal justice in Australia and for the dissemination of criminal justice information. The Institute draws on information supplied to it by a wide variety of sources and its policy advice is objective and independent.
The Institute is a Commonwealth statutory authority and was established in 1973. It operates under the Criminology Research Act 1971.
The Director reports to the Minister for Justice and to a Board of Management comprising distinguished criminal justice practitioners from around Australia.
Key stakeholders include Commonwealth Government ministers and parliamentarians, and Commonwealth departments and agencies. Other stakeholders include State and Territory Governments and agencies, criminal justice practitioners, the criminological research community and community organisations.
Research activities are focussed on
- Sophisticated crime
- Violence and property crime
- Crime analysis and modelling
- Public policy issues
Information services include
- The AIC internal and external web sites
- The Institute's Library
- Publication and distribution of research outcomes
- Conduct of conferences, seminars and workshops
Learning and Knowledge Development activities are focussed on
- Developing and delivering training for AIC stakeholders
- Offering other learning events
Administrative services include
- Executive management and staff
- Office, human and financial resource management
- Infrastructure and information technology services
The functions of the Australian Institute of Criminology are listed in section 6 of the Criminology Research Act and are summarised as follows:
- To conduct criminological research on matters specified by the Attorney-General;
- to conduct criminological research which is approved by the Board;
- to communicate to the Commonwealth and the States the results of research conducted by the Institute;
- to conduct seminars and courses of training or instruction for people engaged, or to be engaged, in criminological research or in work related to the prevention or correction of criminal behaviour as specified by the Attorney-General or approved by the Board;
- to advise the Criminology Research Council on needs for, and programs of, criminological research;
- to provide secretarial and administrative services for the Council;
- to give advice and assistance on any research performed wholly or partly with moneys provided from the Criminology Research Fund;
- to give advice on the compilation of statistics relating to crime;
- to publish such material resulting from or connected with the performance of its functions as is approved by the Board; and
- to do anything incidental or conducive to the performance of any of the foregoing functions.
Public policy papers
These report on issues such as drugs monitoring and evaluation, and crime and social policy.
Publications cover a wide range of issues in crime and criminal justice, and include:
- Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice
- Research and public policy series
- Technical and background paper series
- Australian crime: facts and figures
- Crime facts info
The Institute sponsors national conferences and provide expert speakers to national and international conference organisers.
Consultancy services cover a range of research projects to government, business and the community in areas of special and public interest activities.
The Institute sponsors roundtable discussions that seek to bring together researchers, policy makers and practitioners to discuss issues of immediate priority and relevance to our core stakeholders.
The Institute recognises the value of the Internet for its work and clients.
The Institute's website includes a wide range of research documents. The catalogue of the JV Barry Library is available online and includes information on the Library's holdings.
With the development of the Government Online Strategy, the AIC is well placed to increase online services over time and to provide a more streamlined access to clients and casual visitors.
The Institute understands and accepts the Government Online approach to standardisation.
Online Information Service Obligations
These obligations require simultaneous online and print release of public information and the ready availability of online information.
All of the Institute's public documents meet these obligations.
All of the major sections and documents on the Institute's website carry AGLS metadata. The Institute is working to develop metadata for all of its web content.
W3C Accessibility Standards
The Institute acknowledges the need for this standard and our online documentation is designed in such a way as to allow as much access as possible to persons who are visually or aurally impaired. Economies of scale must play a part in the business decision on accessibility, however the Institute is committed to compliance with the standard wherever possible.
Government's security standard
The Institute has reviewed its Information Technology Security Policy as part of its Internet Services Review. The security of Institute's corporate network and website are closely monitored.
Government's Electronic Procurement strategy
This strategy required that the Institute pay all suppliers electronically by the end of 2000. The use of open standards ensures that all 'simple procurement' suppliers can deal with the Government electronically.
The Institute's legislation does not impede online activity
Continuous Improvement Plan
The Institute is committed to providing best practice online services for its clients. This Action Plan forms part of an on-going strategic analysis of the Institute's information technology services which, in turn, is part of the services contract with our IT Services provider.