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Transnational crime in the Pacific Islands: real or apparent danger?

Transnational crime constitutes a challenge for even the most advanced industrial nations. The Pacific Islands are culturally, educationally and socially diverse, geographically isolated and sparsely populated. There is a degree of heterogeneity in their respective levels of governance, corruption and law enforcement capacity. Economic weaknesses...

Illicit drug use in rural and remote Indigenous communities

This research project, commissioned in response to police requests for information, investigated the extent of Indigenous drug use in rural and remote areas, and the harms identified with this drug use. The paper discusses police perception of use, supply of illicit drugs, community perception of...
Conference paper

Exploring regional crime and socio-economic linkages

Aiming to encourage greater exploration and research into the socioeconomic factors and their linkages to regional crime, this paper addresses the lack of research which looks at licit and illicit drugs and these linkages, arguing that these gaps in knowledge are restricting evidence based policy...

Zombies and botnets

Bot programs allow attackers to form virtual networks of zombies, or botnets, which can be leveraged to orchestrate concerted attacks against other computing resources, increasingly for illicit financial gain. Business, government and individual householders need to be aware of risk mitigation strategies and to ensure...

Resource materials on technology-enabled crime

Designed to assist prosecutors and members of the judiciary faced with proceedings involving technology-enabled crime, the report will be a useful general guide to concepts and terms for other non-technical people.
Discussion paper

Mobile and wireless technologies: security and risk factors

Funded by the Australian High Tech Crime Centre, this research identifies the spread of mobile and wireless technologies in all aspects of business and private life, but shows the increased risk of infection for both providers and users. Safe and secure use will only come...

Policing substance abuse in Indigenous communities: report from a workshop held in Mildura, Victoria, 5-6 August, 2008

On 5 and 6 August 2008, staff from the New South Wales Police Force (NSWPF) and Victoria Police attended a workshop in Mildura, Victoria to discuss the policing of substance abuse in Indigenous communities. A range of case studies highlighted both diversity and areas of...

Fraud vulnerabilities and the global financial crisis

This paper explores what is likely to happen to the incidence of fraud in the context of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), whether as a result of the crisis or of other factors that coincide with it. Normally, statistical data on crime and/or cost of...

'Knife crime' in Australia: Incidence, aetiology and responses

A review of the recent Australian data indicates an increase in the use of knives for homicide offences, while their use decreased or remained steady in relation to robbery, sexual assault and kidnapping/ abduction. The limited academic research on this issue reveals two discrete groups—young...

Criminal justice responses to drug and drug-related offending: are they working?

The criminal justice system is constantly evolving in response to changing social, economic and political pressures. One that gathered momentum during the 1980s and 1990s was community concern about increasing crime rates, particularly property and violent crime, and the perceived link with illicit drug use...