One of the AIC’s critical functions is disseminating new research findings, recognising that applied criminological research should inform policy, practice and community debate on issues of concern. The dissemination function ensures the AIC’s research is publicly available and easily understood, so that it informs policy and practice.
The AIC communicates new knowledge developed by both AIC researchers and external authors. The AIC’s regular publications are the foundation of this. Research Reports and Trends & issues papers are subject to a rigorous review process before they are accepted for publication. Drafts are also reviewed by senior research staff. All publications are then reviewed by the Deputy Director and edited to conform to AIC publishing style, promoting clear and understandable research. Due to the large volume of publications the AIC produces, these are generally designed, edited and typeset in-house.
A summary of reports produced by the AIC in 2019–20 is presented in Table 5. Details of the publications are listed in appendices 1 and 2.
Table 5: AIC publications, 2019–20
Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice
Reports to the Criminology Research Advisory Council
The AIC website continues to attract a strong following and a high number of page views, as demonstrated in Table 6.
Table 6: Web sessions and page views, 2017–18 to 2019–20
Source: Google analytics
Table 7 shows the AIC’s most popular publications based on page views. This table demonstrates the importance and relevance of the AIC’s work both recent and historical. The latest Deaths in custody in Australia publication attracted a large number of views, meeting a high demand for this information, while the AIC’s extensive back catalogue of research continued to have a strong following.
Table 7: Most popular AIC publications, 2019–20
Year of publication
Deaths in custody in Australia 2017–18 (Statistical Report no. 21)
Effective crime prevention interventions for implementation by local government (Research and Public Policy no. 120)
Deaths in custody in Australia 1990–2004 (Trends & issues no. 309)
Indigenous deaths in custody: 25 years since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
(Statistical Bulletin no. 17)
Key issues in domestic violence (Research in Practice no. 7)
Deaths in custody in Australia: National Deaths in Custody Program 2011–12 and 2012–13
(Monitoring Report no. 26)
Migrant sex workers (Research and Public Policy no. 131)
What makes juvenile offenders different from adult offenders (Trends & issues no. 409)
Trends in violent crime (Trends & issues no. 359)
Source: Google analytics
The AIC’s media engagement is both proactive (relating to publications and events) and reactive, when journalists request information or interviews on criminal justice topics. During 2019–20 there were 167 media contacts and 24 interviews.
At 30 June 2020 the AIC had an online subscriber network of 38,444 people:
23,747 Facebook followers;
8,288 Twitter followers;
4,777 email alert subscribers; and
1,632 CriminologyTV YouTube subscribers.
CriminologyTV makes 344 AIC video files publicly available to both subscribers and non-subscribers worldwide, substantially expanding access to AIC products. These videos include lectures, keynote conference presentations, seminars and award ceremonies.