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External scrutiny

In 2018–19, no judicial decisions or decisions of administrative tribunals affected the Institute, nor were there any parliamentary committee reports or Ombudsman reports relating to the AIC.

The AIC undertakes a risk assessment annually and reviews risks on a regular basis. The Institute is subject to an annual statutory audit performed by the Australian National Audit Office. In addition, regular internal audit reviews are undertaken by an independent consultant. The outcomes of all audits are presented to the AIC’s Audit Committee.

Criminology Research Advisory Council

The Criminology Research Advisory Council was established under 2011 amendments to the Criminology Research Act 1971. This council and its members have no legal, management or financial responsibility for the AIC. The role of the council and its members is to advise the Director in relation to:

  • strategic priorities for criminological research;
  • priorities for communicating the results of that research; and
  • applications for research grants made under the CRG program.

The Criminology Research Advisory Council consists of nine members representing the Australian Government and state and territory governments. This composition ensures that areas targeted for research funding reflect national, state and territory priorities.

In 2018–19 the council met on the following occasions:

  • 20 July 2018, via teleconference;
  • 23 November 2018 in Canberra; and
  • 5 April 2019 in Canberra.

Council members as at 30 June 2019

Mr Hamish Hansford, First Assistant Secretary, National Security and Law Enforcement Division, Department of Home Affairs

New South Wales
Mr Paul Miller, Deputy Secretary, Justice Strategy and Policy, New South Wales Department of Justice (until September 2018)
Ms Kate Connors, Acting Deputy Secretary, Justice Strategy and Policy, New South Wales Department of Justice (from November 2018)

Ms Julia Griffith, Deputy Secretary, Victorian Department of Justice and Community Safety (Chair)

Ms Jennifer Lang, Deputy Director General, Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General (Deputy Chair)

Western Australia
Dr Adam Tomison, Director General, Western Australian Department of Justice

South Australia
Mr Adam Kilvert, Chief Executive, Policy and Community, South Australian Attorney-General’s Department

Ms Kathrine Morgan-Wicks, Secretary, Tasmanian Department of Justice

Australian Capital Territory
Ms Alison Playford, Director-General, ACT Justice and Community Safety Directorate

Northern Territory
Mr Greg Shanahan, Chief Executive, NT Department of the Attorney-General and Justice