Advancing child sexual abuse investigations using biometrics and social network analysis

Other authors
Stephen Patterson, David Bright, Arun Ross, Katie Logos, Dana Michalski
This paper demonstrates how biometric features can be extracted from people in child sexual abuse material (CSAM) and examined using social network analysis to reveal important patterns across seized media files.
Discussion paper

Nothing to see here: Australia’s broken freedom of information system

The author of this paper argues that Australia’s freedom of information (FOI) system is dysfunctional and under-resourced, partly because governments prioritise protecting themselves from embarrassment over disclosing to the public the information to which it is lawfully entitled.

Financial abuse: the weaponisation of child support in Australia

This report draws on post-separation lived experience to demonstrate the ways that the Australian Child Support Scheme can be used and abused to jeopardise the financial safety of recipient parents and their children.

Crime by outlaw motorcycle gang members during club conflicts

This study examines the trends in and spatial distribution of recorded offending by Australian outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG) affiliates at the onset of a territorial conflict between two clubs in the state of New South Wales.

Let’s talk about sex: exploring practitioners’ views on discussing intimate partner sexual violence in domestic and family violence perpetrator intervention programs

Domestic and family violence (DFV) reform agendas in Australia increasingly assert the need to shift the burden of responsibility away from victim-survivors and ensure a sustained focus on DFV perpetrators. This report presents findings from a study examining how DFV perpetrator intervention programs respond to...

Let them work: how criminal justice reform can help address Australia’s worker shortage

The authors of this report argue that if Australian governments reformed sentencing so that non-violent low-risk offenders were not detained at taxpayer expense, but rather were put to work in industries which urgently need workers, this could deliver substantial benefits to taxpayers without compromising community...

Predictive policing in an Australian context: assessing viability and utility

Predicting the locations and times of elevated crime risk is of great interest to law enforcement agencies around the world. Based on the published literature, the authors of this report suggest there are four conditions required if predictive policing is to be effective.
Research Summary

Sentencing of offences committed by children aged under 14 in Queensland

The Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council has released this brief, which examines the sentencing of children aged 10–13 between 2005–06 to 2021–22.

Enablers of illicit drug trafficking by organised crime groups

This research highlights a number of key enablers of organised crime that may be targeted to disrupt illicit drug trafficking.
Position paper

Free and equal: a human rights Act for Australia

Australia has strong sense of human rights and freedoms, but the basic human rights of Australian people are not very well protected in Australian law. The Australian Human Rights Commission has developed a model for what a national Human Rights Act might look like, how...

'A punishing process': experiences of people on the 10-year route to settlement

Around 170,000 people are estimated to have permission to remain in the United Kingdom on a ’10-year route to settlement’ - a pathway that requires them to accrue 10 years of continuous lawful residence before they can apply for indefinite leave to remain. In this...

Reporting of dating app facilitated sexual violence to the police: victim-survivor experiences and outcomes

This study examines experiences of victim-survivors who reported in-person to the police about online sexual harassment and violence perpetrated by someone they met on an online dating platform.

Good practices for handling whistleblower disclosures

This report provides insights for companies and superannuation trustees when designing programs or frameworks to manage whistleblowing in accordance with the Corporations Act 2001. The good practices identified are scalable and include examples of how executives and directors oversee whistleblower programs.

Inquiry into community safety, support services and job opportunities in the Northern Territory

The Joint Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs has published this report on its inquiry into community safety, support services and job opportunities in the Northern Territory. The report makes several recommendations to the Commonwealth and Northern Territory governments in the wake...
Position paper

Breaking the silence: a proposal for whistleblower protections to enable migrant workers to address exploitation

Led by the Migrant Justice Institute and the Human Rights Law Centre, this document urges the Australian government to establish whistleblower protections that would enable migrant workers to report exploitation without risking their visa.

Grievance-fuelled violence: modelling the process of grievance development

Acts of extreme or mass violence perpetrated by lone offenders have become increasingly common in liberal democracies over the past 20 years. This work is the first to empirically consolidate existing research, employing a multifaceted analytical approach to develop a holistic model of the processes...

Modelling drivers of grievance-fuelled violence

This research offers new empirical and theoretical insights into grievance-fuelled violence.

Healing our children and young people: a framework to address the impacts of domestic and family violence

Other authors
Lisa Hillan, Eva Ruggiero, Jennifer Parsons, Gareth Prior, Lela Idagi, Rachel Bruce, A.Twist, Tracy Gray
This resource is for policy-makers and practitioners working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who have experienced domestic and family violence and have come into contact with child protection systems.

You can’t pour from an empty cup: strengthening our service and systems responses for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people who experience domestic and family violence

Other authors
Lisa Hillan, Eva Ruggiero, Jennifer Parsons, Gareth Prior, Lela Idagi, Rachel Bruce, Aletia Twist, Tracy Gray, Mary Hostalek, Jamie Gibson, Beverley Mitchell, Traven Lea, Carol Miller, Fred Lemson, Sonya Bogdanek, Ursula Barber, Daryl Higgins, Alex Cahill
This research provides an understanding of how services and systems, including health and education, can better hear from and respond to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people who experience domestic and family violence.
Briefing paper

Children, Youth and Families Amendment (Raise the Age) Bill 2022: Bill Brief

This paper outlines selected aspects of proposed changes to the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005​​​​​​​, in relation to raising the age of criminal responsibility in Victoria. It provides a jurisdictional comparison on what other Australian jurisdictions have done in this space, and outlines some...

Intergenerational incarceration in New South Wales: characteristics of people in prison experiencing parental imprisonment

Other authors
Julia Bowman, Jennifer Galouzis, Kelly-Anne Stewart, Elizabeth Sullivan
This study uses data from two state-wide surveys conducted in New South Wales prisons and youth justice centres in 2015 to examine the epidemiology of intergenerational incarceration.

Privacy Act Review report 2022

This report is the culmination of two years of extensive consultation and review of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). The review was instigated following the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s 2019 Digital Platforms Inquiry final report, which made several privacy recommendations.

Advisory report on the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Amendment Bill 2022

This committee report recommends that the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Amendment Bill 2022 be passed, if amendments are made to strengthen enfranchisement and participation in the referendum, particularly of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and clear, factual and impartial information is made accessible to all voters.

I believe you: children and young people’s experiences of seeking help, securing help and navigating the family violence system

This report presents the findings from 17 in-depth interviews conducted with Victorian children and young people, from the ages of 10 to 25, with lived experience of family violence. The research seeks to give voice to the experiences and expertise of children and young people...

Who uses domestic, family, and sexual violence, how, and why?

This report provides a focused examination of violence perpetration, in order to enhance national efforts to end domestic, family and sexual violence.