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Grant program performance

Criminology Research Grants

The Criminology Research Grants program provides funding for criminological research relevant to crime and justice policy at either the national or state and territory level. The program promotes the value and usefulness of such research by publishing and disseminating the findings of the funded work.

The CRG program is administered by the AIC and funded by the Commonwealth and state and territory governments (see Table 2). Taking into account the recommendations of the Criminology Research Advisory Council, the Director of the AIC approves a number of research grants and other funded research projects each year. The program is currently funding 33 criminology research projects with a total value of $1,713,140.63 (including GST).

The Criminology Research Advisory Council comprises representatives from the Australian government and each state and territory. Until July 2019, the Advisory Council was chaired by Ms Julia Griffith, Deputy Secretary Corrections in the Victorian Department of Justice and Regulation. At a meeting on 26 July 2019, Dr Adam Tomison, Director General of the Western Australian Department of Justice, was unanimously elected as chair. Advisory Council membership is listed in the Management and accountability section of this report. The AIC provides secretariat services to the Advisory Council.

Funding grants and projects

The Advisory Council takes into account the following criteria when considering research grant applications:

  • public policy relevance;
  • the extent to which the proposed research will have practical application and contribute to the understanding, prevention or correction of criminal behaviour;
  • the likelihood of the proposed research making a substantial and original contribution to criminological knowledge;
  • the cost-effectiveness of the research;
  • the soundness of the design and methodology, and the feasibility of the research;
  • the competence of the applicant(s) or principal investigator(s) to undertake the proposed research;
  • ethics committee approval, where appropriate;
  • availability of data, where required; and
  • the extent of funding or in-kind support obtained from relevant agencies.

Grant assessment panel

A panel of two independent expert criminologists reviews grant applications each year. The panellists are selected by the Criminology Research Advisory Council from recommendations made by the President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology. Each panel member usually serves for two years.

Panel members assess all grant applications independently of each other and complete an assessment sheet for each application. They then meet to discuss the assessments with the AIC’s Deputy Director, who submits final recommendations to the Director and the Advisory Council for consideration at its November meeting.

2019–20 funding

In 2019–20, the AIC contributed $223,380 (2018–19: $219,000) from the Commonwealth appropriation to fund CRG grants. The AIC also contributed $76,500 (2018–19: $75,000) to administer the grants program (see Tables 3 and 4).

State and territory governments collectively contributed $223,380 (2018–19: $219,000) to the AIC to fund grants. State and territory contributions were calculated on a pro rata population basis, as shown in Table 2. Table 3 summarises CRG program income and expenditure for 2019–20.

Table 2: State and territory contributions to the Criminology Research Grants program, 2019–20

State/territory

$

New South Wales

71,392

Victoria

57,908

Queensland

44,833

Western Australia

23,126

South Australia

15,463

Tasmania

4,716

Australian Capital Territory

3,760

Northern Territory

2,182

Total

223,380

Table 3: Criminology Research Grants program financial data, 2019–20

Total income for CRG program

$

Commonwealth funding

223,380

State and territory funding

28,989a

Total income for purpose of making grants

252,369

Expenditure for CRG program

Grants

179,692

Direct administration expenditure

72,677

Total expenditure

252,369

a: The total 2019–20 state/territory contribution is $223,380. The unused portion is reported as unearned revenue in the statement of financial position

Table 4: Criminology Research Grants program indirect administration financial data, 2019–20

Total income for CRG program administration

$

Commonwealth funding

76,500

Total income

76,500

Expenditure for CRG administration

Administration expenditure

76,500

Total administration expenditure

76,500

New projects

Information on projects awarded funding during 2019–20 is available on the CRG website: https://www.aic.gov.au/crg/research-grants/successful.

Two projects commenced in 2019–20, based on when their contracts were executed.

Does the involvement of family and friends improve probation and parole outcomes? A quantitative evaluation of Triple-S: Social Supports in Supervision

Dr Lacey Schaefer, Associate Professor Michael Townsley (Griffith University)

Total funding: $39,370

Developing innovation for behavioural change programs with men who perpetrate domestic and family violence: Piloting a restorative, environmental project within an integrated program

Dr Jennifer Boddy, Professor Patrick O’Leary, Professor Paul Mazerolle (Griffith University)

Total funding: $74,493