Undertaking research is the core function of the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC). The AIC conducts research on a range of crime and justice issues to provide timely, policy-relevant research to the Australian Government and other key stakeholders.
The research priorities for the AIC are set annually by the Director, in consultation with the Criminology Research Advisory Council. In 2017-18 the research priorities are:
- improving criminal justice responses to family and domestic violence
- exploring the futures of crime and justice
- examining the links between volume crime and organised crime
- reducing demand for prison.
This annual priority setting process allows the AIC to be responsive to new and emerging areas of concern to Australian governments. Research undertaken in previous years in response to other priorities can be found in the publications archive.
In addition to the current four priorities, the AIC has an ongoing crime and justice statistical monitoring program as well as responsibility for responding to requests for research from stakeholders.
Through its research, the AIC plays a key role in informing debate on crime and justice issues of national importance. This can include undertaking new projects on emerging issues that extend beyond the research priorities, allowing the AIC to be agile in its response to policy concerns. It also plays a role in disseminating research through its library services, as well as through conferences and the media.