Crime prevention


The Dutch approach to outlaw motorcycle gangs

This paper provides a brief overview of the problem of outlaw motorcycle gangs in the Netherlands, and describes the different aspects of the Dutch whole-of-government approach.

Blueprint for a better future: paving the way for youth justice reform in Western Australia

This document outlines an evidence-based, alternative vision for a more effective and connected youth justice system in Western Australia. The report articulates a whole-of-system approach that responds to the underlying causes of offending to reduce crime, ensures the wellbeing of children and young people, and...

Corporate criminal liability: an options paper

This options paper outlines the ways the UK Government can improve the law to ensure that corporations are effectively held to account for committing serious crimes.

Move on upstream: crime, prevention and relationships

This report proposes a new approach to crime prevention, in order to reduce crime to levels current police numbers can reasonably deal with. This includes a new, local authority-based crime prevention service to help identify and deter criminal behaviour.

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.

Helping hands: understanding Vietnamese offenders in Victoria

The Vietnamese community is the largest refugee community in Australia. This report is the outcome of a pilot project on Vietnamese offenders conducted in Victoria in 2020–2021.

National strategy to prevent and respond to child sexual abuse 2021–2030

This strategy is the first of its kind in Australia, and provides a nationally coordinated, strategic framework for preventing and responding to child sexual abuse. It seeks to reduce the risk, extent and impact of child sexual abuse and related harms in Australia.

First Commonwealth action plan to prevent and respond to child sexual abuse 2021–2024

This strategy document works alongside the First National Action Plan, and includes measures the Australian government will largely deliver on its own. The focus will be on Australian government priorities and responsibilities, such as preventing and responding to online child sexual abuse.

Production and distribution of child sexual abuse material by parental figures

This report argues that there is a need for targeted research into the circumstances, patterns and dynamics of child sexual abuse material production perpetrated by parental figures, in order to inform strategies to prevent and detect offending parents.

National Disability Insurance Scheme fraud prevention: financial crime guide

Developed in partnership with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), this financial crime guide includes indicators of potential fraud people should watch out for, including NDIS sourced funds being used in a way that does not correlate with providing or receiving support services.

How to talk about crime and justice: a guide

This guide draws on evidence-led communications theory to provide practical guidance and resources for people who communicate about justice.

Insights into contemporary young offender behaviour in Victoria

This report presents the findings from the first qualitative study of a sample of 15 Victorian young people who were serving a custodial sentence in a youth justice facility for violent motor vehicle offence(s). The research aims to understand young people’s backgrounds and motivations for...

Commonwealth fraud investigations 2017-18 and 2018-19

This report presents the findings of the most recent annual census of fraud against Commonwealth entities and the measures taken to prevent fraud.

Crossover youth scoping study

'Crossover Children' are young people (14-17 years) who cross from state care and protection to serious and recidivist offending. The report reviews the research and statistics both past and present, both nationally and internationally related to this population.
Briefing paper

Refining criminal justice outcomes: an evidence-based programme for reform

This paper on criminal justice reform draws together the findings of the previous two papers published since August. In the previous papers, a holistic account of a range of crime drivers integrating personal, societal, and procedural components was provided. In this paper, the author shows...
Briefing paper

Case resolution and rehabilitation programmes in Aotearoa New Zealand

This Briefing Note is the second instalment of a series of three. The series began in Briefing Note 1 with an exploration of some fundamental questions in criminal justice policy and will culminate in a set of policy approaches. This paper surveys successful trial, sentencing...

Expert and public narratives on crime in New Zealand: gaps and opportunities to communicate reform

In this report, the authors summarise research they have undertaken to understand how experts understand and frame criminal justice, how the public also does so, and where the opportunities for building new, more effective narratives may lie.

Towards a Commonwealth law enforcement innovation framework

This report suggests that a collaboration research hub could provide a starting point for creating and developing new technologies for law enforcement. It also suggests that while some stakeholders may be tempted to adopt a CRC-type structure, a stronger starting point might involve building on...
Briefing paper

Reconsidering the Aotearoa New Zealand Criminal justice policy model

This briefing note is the first of a series of three notes exploring key issues in New Zealand criminal justice policy. In this report, fundamental issues and theoretical approaches to New Zealand criminal justice are discussed.

Artificial intelligence prediction and counterterrorism

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) in counterterrorism is not inherently wrong. This paper suggests some necessary conditions for legitimate use of AI as part of a predictive approach to counterterrorism on the part of liberal democratic states.

The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission’s administration of the Biometric Identification Services project

The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission’s administration of the Biometric Identification Service project.

Working together changing the story: youth justice strategy 2019-2023

This document outlines the Queensland government's strategy for dealing with youth justice through better prevention and more effective responses to youth crime to keep communities safe, while improving the outcomes for young people.
Discussion paper

Targeting serious crime: extending information sharing – a government discussion document

This discussion document sets out proposals to extend the existing information sharing agreement to include the Serious Fraud Office and the New Zealand Customs Service, so Inland Revenue may share information with these agencies where it might be an advantage in dealing with serious crime.

Mapping integrity—an ACLEI corruption prevention report in partnership with AUSTRAC

This report provides a summation of AUSTRAC’s strategic corruption risk environment and the development of its integrity framework to date. It also considers a proposed action plan or roadmap to assist AUSTRAC to transition to its desired integrity maturity state.

Cascades of violence

War and crime are cascade phenomena. War cascades across space and time to more war; crime to more crime; crime cascades to war; and war to crime. As a result, war and crime become complex phenomena. This book shows, for example, how a cascade analysis...