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Sourcebooks, bibliographies and guidebooks



  • Current sources of Australian criminal justice statistics (pdf 5MB)
    Every year since its establishment in 1973 the staff of the Australian Institute of Criminology has received a steady flow of requests for statistical information about various aspects of crime and criminal justice. These requests have largely been directed to the library staff but many have also been directed to Institute researchers. There is such a wide variety of sources of criminal justice data that Institute staff have had considerable difficulty in locating the necessary information.
    This publication is but a small step in the direction of improved criminal justice statistics in Australia. It does not provide any data but simply describes the statistical collections that are available. It is to be followed by further work evaluating the available information and identifying the gaps that need to be filled.
    ISBN 0 642 09672 4, November 1985
    Debbie Neuhaus
  • Police source book (pdf 3MB)
    This compendium originated as a contribution to the Encyclopedia Of World Police. As that publication experienced lengthy (and as yet unresolved) production delays, the Australian Institute of Criminology decided to publish its contribution under the title Police Source Book.
    ISBN 0 642 88068 9, 1983
    Compiled by Bruce Swanton, Garry Hannigan, David Biles
  • Police source book 2 (pdf 12MB)
    The Police Source Book is a unique compendium of information about all aspects of policing in Australia. The First Edition was thus welcomed by practitioners, researchers and students, to the point where the Institute considered that it would be an appropriate utilisation of resources to authorise Mr Bruce Swanton, the principal author, to update and expand the material contained therein.
    ISBN 0 642 07831 9, 1985
    Edited by Bruce Swanton, Garry Hannigan and Trish Psaila
  • Source book of Australian criminal social statistics 1900-1980 (pdf 4MB)
  • Source book of Australian criminal and social statistics 1804-1988
    Crime statistics have been used and abused in the past to suit a variety of interests. Across the country policy decisions have been made, laws have been drafted and immense sums of money have been invested on the basis of information which could only have been fragmentary and has generally lacked perspective. This has not been the administrators' fault. Traditionally, precise information about crime is difficult to obtain on a national basis in federal countries. In Australia, even the basic tool of Uniform Crime Statistics" is still in the early stages. The task of the Australian Institute of Criminology from its inception, therefore, was to remedy this dearth of information and to relate statistical data in such a way that its use could be improved, decisions could be streamlined and opportunities for abuse would be minimised. It is always open to the media to alarm the public; and the law and order and human rights lobbies have to be balanced with precise information. Such information should be not only on crime but on what crime means within the general context of social and economic changes. These changes have included in the past decades an increasing population, changes in the age structure, an inordinate indulgence in law making, health and welfare provisions, increased numbers of police and large investments on the prisons.
    ISBN 0 642 89462 0, 1981
    Satyanshu K. Mukherjee, Evelyn N. Jacobsen, John R. Walker


  • Aboriginal criminal justice (pdf 4.3MB)
    A bibliographical guide
    Aboriginal Criminal Justice: A Bibliographical Guide is designed to complement existing and forthcoming source publications. In the expectation that the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies will soon publish the substantial bibliographical work of John McCorquodale, court transcripts and legislation are generally not included here. Reference to a sample of McCorquodale's bibliographical work already in print can be found in the section entitled 'Courts'. Parliamentary debates and newspaper articles are presently excluded in this edition.
    ISBN 0 642 10197 3, 1986
    Editor: Kayleen M. Hazlehurst Assistant Editors: Sharon E. Ivey and Lavinia K. Hill
  • The top one hundred police writers (pdf 1MB)
    A bibliography for students of police science and cognate fields
    Police officers, scholars, students, researchers, public servants, politicians, policy analysts and others who from time to time exercise their minds in the field of police affairs occasionally face two problems. Firstly, there arises the need for full citation details of works referred to in reports, etc. Such information when required, is usually wanted quickly without having to visit a library or accessing expensive electronic data bases. Secondly, there arises the need to know what other related works a particular writer already referred to may have produced. Again, such information is usually required instantly and not subject to delays imposed by visits to libraries (where available) or access to data bases (where available).
    ISBN 0 642 13264 X, March 1988


  • Aborigines and Criminal Justice (pdf 400kB)
    An Annual Guide To Written Materials and Innovations, Current Research and Quantitative Data
    During March 1981, a seminar on Aboriginal criminological research, held at the Australian Institute of Criminology, recommended inter alia the Institute establish a data center with respect to Aboriginal criminal justice research, innovations and crime prevention programs. The Institute's Board of Management subsequently decreed that an attempt be made to disseminate the data obtained.
    ISSN 0729-6703, September 1982
  • Australian Drug Laws offences and penalties (pdf 320kB)
    A Summary of State and Federal Legislation Concerning Illegal Drugs
    Because of the multiplicity and complexity of legislation concerning illegal drug matters in Australia, it is often difficult to obtain precise comparative information about legal provisions governing drug offences. The Institute is often asked to provide up-to-date tables on matters such as maximum penalties for various offences or quantities of drugs which result in different legal categorisations
    May 1988
    Compiled by Anita Scandia
  • Checklist/guide to materials & information for police -researchers (pdf 1.7MB)
    Police and police related materials and information services have been something of a growth area in recent years. Concurrent with this expansion of materials and services has been a marked increase in the number of persons requiring access to them.
    Only a few years ago, a relatively small number of policepersons and academics were the almost sole users of and contributors to the police resources discussed here. Now, numerous policepersons, security specialists, criminologists, criminal justice professionals, planners and policymakers, students and, above all, researchers, are engaged in the field.
    ISBN 0 642 91701 9, 1978
    Bruce Swanton

Survey and study results

  • Car stealing in Australia (pdf 650kB)
    Facts and Figures
    This is a report on one part of a larger study on car stealing in Australia which was originally supported by a grant from the Victoria Law Foundation and is being continued as a research project approved by the Board of Management of the Australian Institute of Criminology, Canberra. A separate aspect of the study was published under the title of "The Victims of Car Stealing" in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, Vol. 7, No. 2, June 1974, pp.99-109.
    David Biles
  • The First Australian National Survey of Crimes against Businesses (pdf 2.4MB)
    For a number of years the Australian Institute of Criminology has promoted the use of sample surveys to help determine the levels of victimisation, and the patterns of risk, in crimes against individuals and households in the community. Results obtained from these surveys show how much crime exists in Australia, how much of it is reported to police, what are the characteristics of persons and households at risk, how the incidents took place, whether the police response was adequate, and what were the consequences in terms of property losses and injuries. In addition, useful information is obtained on the levels of use of various common crime prevention methods, and respondents' opinions of the performance of the criminal justice system.
    ISBN 0 642 20114 5, 1994
    John Walker

Cite article

1987. Sourcebooks, bibliographies and guidebooks. Archive. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. https://aic.gov.au/publications/archive/sourcebooks