Thursday, July 14, 2011

Australian Institute of Criminology - AIC

Day Three

It was such an awesome experience and opportunity to meet up with researchers and the management team of the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) in Canberra. The Australian Institute of Criminology is Australia's national research and knowledge centre on crime and justice.
Basically, AIC seeks to promote justice and reduce crime by undertaking and communicating evidence-based research to inform policy and practice. The AIC was established in 1973 under the Criminology Research Act 1971. Since July 1, 2011 the Australian Institute of Criminology, a Commonwealth statutory authority, is regulated under the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 (FMA Act). The functions of the AIC include conducting criminological research; communicating the results of research; conducting or arranging conferences and seminars; and publishing material arising out of the AIC's work. At AIC, we met up with four officers: Dr Adam Tomison, Director & CEO; Mr Tony Marks, GM & CFO; Dr Rick Brown, Deputy Director (Research) and Dr Samantha Bricknell, Research Analyst. The research publications produced by AIC are fairly impressive. The monographs include among others, titles such as “Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Risks Posed by Alternative Remittance in Australia”, “Labour Trafficking”, “Environmental Crime in Australia”, “Community Safety in Australian Indegenious Communities: Service Providers’ Perspective” and “Community Policing in Australia”. AIC is indeed a good benchmark for the Accounting Research Institute. The meeting resulted in many potential research collaborations between the two entities. In particular, research in the areas of NPO Governance, AML/CFT in Alternative Remittance Institutions and Human Trafficking are most viable…

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