The Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) released its Annual Report 2018–19 today, which demonstrates the Institute’s achievements in providing timely, accurate and sound research to inform public policy.
The AIC is Australia's national research and knowledge centre on crime and justice. We seek to promote justice and reduce crime by undertaking and communicating evidence-based research to inform policy and practice.
The AIC achieved all of its key performance indicators in 2018–19; our researchers produced 67 research products including 28 peer-reviewed publications, further adding to the Institute’s collection of crime and justice research reports.
In 2018–19, 32 per cent of the AIC’s research was used in government publications, and a further 7 per cent was used in parliamentary documents.
Our activities in undertaking, funding and disseminating applied crime and justice research have played a key role in shaping Australia’s response to issues of concern to both the Australian Government and state and territory governments.
Research topics included: criminal justice responses to family and domestic violence; child exploitation material; Indigenous over-representation in the criminal justice system; youth crime; transnational serious and organised crime; and illicit drugs.
In addition, the AIC has continued to undertake long-term statistical monitoring of key crime and justice issues, including homicide, deaths in custody, drug use, identity crime and fraud against the Commonwealth.
The National Deaths in Custody Program marked 25 years of collecting and publishing deaths in custody data with an overview of trends covering the period since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.
The Drug Use Monitoring in Australia program also entered its twentieth year, with data collected in four capital cities across the country.
Two new research programs were launched in July 2018, following the receipt of funding under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. The Child Exploitation Material Reduction Research Program funded eight academic teams to develop innovative solutions to the growing problem of child exploitation material.
The new Serious and Organised Crime Research Laboratory, located within the AIC, has been established to use crime science methods and new analytical techniques to identify new approaches to reduce organised crime in Australia.
Towards the end of the financial year, 18 Trends & issues reports and Statistical Bulletins produced during 2018–19 were published in a compendium, which included three studies from each of the AIC’s six research priorities. This publication, entitled Crime & justice research 2019, is available on the AIC website, along with the Annual Report 2018–19: www.aic.gov.au
To view the latest crime and justice statistics visit: www.crimestats.aic.gov.au