There are a number of legislative, technical and cultural barriers that limit the free flow of information between Australia's law enforcement agencies. This report examines those barriers and develops an information sharing matrix that explains the barriers associated with different types of information sharing.
Polydrug use is the consumption of two or more drug types within a defined period of time. It may be limited to illicit drugs, or may include illicit drugs and legal drugs such as alcohol and tobacco.
This report details the experience of victims as they progress through the justice system and identifies the opportunities to significantly improve the information and support provided to people as their cases proceed.
This web page and associated resources lists all 227 recomendations from the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence.
An update for each recommedation is included on a linked page.The recomendations are seachable and also can be filtered by categories and the government departments responsible...
This paper explores the complex interaction between organised crime and other forms of crime, sometimes described as ‘volume crimes’ because of their widespread incidence. In particular, it shows how the commission of organised crime, or the involvement of those engaged in organised crime, can entail...
The main purpose of this discussion paper is to consider how the Territory’s financial assistance scheme can be improved to better support victims of violent crimes. The paper also looks at other potential reforms for victims, including the possibility of introducing victim-offender conferencing for adult...
Child exploitation material (CEM) is sexually abusive images of children that are typically disseminated via the internet. This paper reviews recent literature to establish a profile of those who view or collect CEM.
There is considerable evidence of the impact of methamphetamine use on violent behaviour. This paper presents findings from a review of existing research on the association between methamphetamine use and domestic violence.
This report covers phase one of the Access to Justice inquiry. In this phase, 1,600 businesses across Australia were surveyed in order to gain an understanding of where small businesses go for advice and, when they escalate a dispute, what pathways they choose.
This report on current trends in corruption and integrity in the NSW public sector warns the public sector to be wary of risks associated with blurred lines between government and non-government sectors, badly-managed organisational change, and rules that unintentionally can encourage corrupt conduct.
This paper examines service provider and criminal justice practitioner perspectives of the ‘Yes, I Can!’ adult literacy campaign. Interviews with 22 workers in regional New South Wales suggest that the majority believe the program can potentially improve the type and frequency of interactions between Indigenous...
Media reporting on a series of violent incidents in Melbourne raises a difficult question: in what circumstances is it ethically justifiable to include information about a perpetrator’s ethnicity or religion?
This report assesses the impact achieved in 2017 in Bourke, the site of Maranguka Justice Reinvestment, the first major community-led justice reinvestment initiative in Australia.
The Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 (Vic) will come into force in June 2019, becoming the first law in Australia in 20 years to permit voluntary assisted dying (VAD). This paper considers how other Australian states and territories are likely to respond to this development.
Findings contained in this research report indicate that police can influence the likelihood of further violence, victim satisfaction and wellbeing, and criminal justice outcomes for people involved in domestic violence cases.
This report makes eight recommendations to better reflect the vulnerability and defencelessness of victims of child homicide in sentencing and to improve system responses for family members of child vicitms.
This report outlines the Privacy Commissioner's work this year and its context, including the Privacy Bill, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and Australia's mandatory data breach reporting.
On the 28th October 2018, the crossbench announced their intention to pursue the establishment of a National Integrity Commission, a federal anti-corruption watchdog. This briefing note summarises the case for a National Integrity Commission and makes recommendations for its design based on lessons learned from...
The Law and Justice Foundation of NSW has partnered with Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) to undertake a program of work which will assist VLA in the efficient and effective use of information service resources. VLA will use the findings in this report to understand more...
Children are already being removed from Indigenous communities at an unprecedented rate. Indigenous children make up 36.9% of children in out-of-home care in Australia, despite being just 3% of the population.