The AIC has had a number of notable achievements during the year in relation to the two key aspects of its work—the conduct of criminological research and the dissemination of research findings.
In 2015–16 the Institute conducted research on an impressive array of topics including 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 this research is its focus on policy relevance to inform future criminal justice strategies. In support of this focus, the Institute also provided an important consultancy service to state and territory criminal justice agencies on a range of subjects.
In addition, through the Criminology Research Grants program, the Institute funded academic institutions to undertake eight projects valued at more than $425,000. This funding has increased in recent years and recognises the Institute’s continued support for the wider criminological community in Australia.
AIC researchers produced 60 research products, 27 of which are available free on the Institute’s website, further adding to its collection of crime and justice research.