Public safety

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Interpersonal safety
Safety regulation


Discussion paper

Riots in the Pacific: control and change

This paper provides a preliminary examination of factors in common to riot events across the Pacific region over the past 15 years.
Discussion paper

Safer cities by design

This discussion paper recommends bringing together diverse perspectives and expertise in establishing safe urban places. It also calls for urban public places to be designed in a way that restores mana and mauri Maori.
Report

Award of funding under the Safer Communities Fund

The objective of this audit was to assess whether the award of funding under the Safer Communities Fund was effective and consistent with the Commonwealth Grant Rules and Guidelines.
Report

Regulating dam safety

The owner of a dam is responsible for its safety. Having a dam safety management program in place can minimise the risk of its failure and the potential impact on human life and property. This audit provides insights on the Queensland dam regulator’s framework for...
Report

Bail practices and policy alternatives in Australia

There was a rapid increase in the remand in custody population in Australia between 2008 and 2018, partly caused by legislative responses to some high-profile offences committed by defendants while on bail. The approach in this study was to explore bail and remand policy that...
Policy report

Medical capacity: an alternative to lockdowns

This paper argues that lockdowns and social distancing regulations introduced to manage the health concerns associated with COVID-19, have imposed significant social, economic and institutional costs, while being of debatable efficacy.
Briefing paper

Police-recorded crime trends in Victoria during the COVID-19 pandemic

This paper aims to examine whether and how the COVID-19 pandemic, associated behaviour changes and implemented restrictions impacted on crime in Victoria. It examines whether there were changes in the volume, nature or location of offending recorded by police following the introduction of restrictions in...
Report

Policy lessons from catastrophic events

Research into policy and policy failures tends to focus on analysis rather than implementation and enforcement. The Bennett Institute recently hosted a workshop to bring together people from different domains of safety practice and research backgrounds to discuss the challenge. This report details those discussions.
Discussion paper

Re-thinking national security in the age of pandemics and climate change catastrophe

This paper highlights that security in the 21st Century is as much about defending the health, safety and prosperity of citizens from pandemics, disasters, pollution and supply shortages as it is about defending the state against armed aggression by other states.
Report

Community-based approaches to sexual offender reintegration

This research aims to contribute towards building an evidence base about community-based reintegration programs in order to inform the development and operation of community-based reintegration programs for sexual offenders, and thus to enhance community safety.
Report

Safe micromobility

Examining the traffic safety of pedal cycles, electrically assisted cycles and electrically powered personal mobility devices, such as e-scooters, in an urban context, this report also proposes a framework to define micro-mobility and suggests certain limits on mass and speed to classify them.
Report

Where are the safe places? Safety mapping with Town Campers in Alice Springs

The purpose of this report is to relay the views of the participants about the safety issues on their Town Camps and what is needed to improve Town Camp safety to stakeholders, including participants, community centre staff, and Tangentyere Council Aboriginal Corporation (TCAC).
Briefing paper

Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Amendment (Pill Testing Pilot for Drug Harm Reduction) Bill 2019: Bill Brief

This Bill Brief looks at legislative attempts to introduce pill testing across all Australian states and territories. It includes an overview of major stakeholder opinions on pill testing, and brief descriptions of existing pill testing programs in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), New Zealand, the...
Conference paper

Digital landscape of women’s safety

In the context of increasingly digitised urban governance, this paper investigates the use of digital technology in the advocacy for women’s safety in the city.
Report

Use of force in immigration detention

The issue of the use of force in immigration detention has been raised in a range of complaints against the Department of Home Affairs received by the Australian Human Rights Commission. This report deals thematically with 14 complaints.
Report

Sydney's night time economy

At the time of their introduction, the 2014 'lock-out laws' were an appropriate circuit breaker and were successful in reducing alcohol-related violence in the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross. This report by the Joint Select Committee on Sydney's Night Time Economy contains the committee's comments...
Report

Australia's welfare 2019: in brief

This report tells the story of welfare in Australia with key findings on housing, education and skills, employment and work, income and finance, government payments, social support, justice and safety.
Report

Australia's welfare 2019: data insights

This report presents an overview of the welfare data landscape and explores selected welfare topics—including intergenerational disadvantage, income support, future of work, disability services, elder abuse and child wellbeing—in 8 original articles.
Report

Managing registered sex offenders

This audit examined whether Victoria Police has the governance structure and organisational capability and capacity to manage registered sex offenders (RSOs). It also assessed how effectively RSOs are managed in the community, including whether Victoria Police appropriately resources the task.
Report

Living after midnight

Some of New Zealand’s troubles with the night-time are inherently due to the regulatory framework: So far, cities have been given neither the right tools nor the right incentives to work out their visions and strategies for a more thriving nightlife. This report proposes some...