Go to top of page

Dissemination performance


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

Publication series


Research Reports


Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice


Statistical Reports


Statistical Bulletins


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



Page views













Source: Google analytics

 Top five referrals to AIC website from social media by session, 2018-19 to 2019-20. The largest number of referrals came from Facebook (14,955 in 2018-19 and 55,486 in 2019-20. Next is Twitter, with 3,072 referrals in 2018-19 and 10,092 in 2019-20. Reddit, YouTube and LinkedIn brought much smaller numbers of referrals.

 Devices used to access website by session, 2018-19 to 2019-20 (%). For most sessions people used desktop computers to access the AIC website (70 percent in 2018-19, dropping to 62 percent in 2019-20). In 2018-19, 25 percent of people used a mobile device, increasing to 34 percent in 2019-20. Only four to five percent of users in each year accessed our website using a tablet.

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.

Social media

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.

 Social media followers by financial year, 2016-17 to 2019-20. Facebook followers have been steadily increasing over the last four years, from 19,875 to 23,747. Twitter followers have also increased, from 5,137 to 8,288. We have smaller numbers of email subscribers and YouTube channel subscribers.

 Research from our Serious and Organised Crime Research Lab reveals high offending rates among outlaw motorcycle #gangs. Violent & organised crime were common, but harm was concentrated among members. Many gangs met the criteria for criminal organisations http://bit.ly/31MqdI2. 18,988 impressions (11 February 2020). 2: Who comes into contact with police for #DV offending? Our new research reviews 39 quantitative studies of #DV offenders in #Australia and shows that 75-94% of all offenders are men #FDV #VAW #IPV: https://aic.gov.au/publications/tandi/tandi580. 17,794 impressions (25 September 2019). 3: We released ground breaking research paper ‘Australians who view live streaming of child sexual abuse: An analysis of financial transactions’ http://bit.ly/2SHlJ2u The paper gains insight into Australians live streaming child sexual abuse, their criminal history & demographic data. 11,847 impressions (19 February 2020). 4: How often do #DV offenders reported to the police reoffend? Our new review of 39 quantitative studies of #DV in #Australia examines rates, concentration, timing and diversity of reoffending #FDV #VAW #IPV: https://aic.gov.au/publications/tandi/tandi580. 10,777 impressions (25 September 2019). 5: Our Serious and #OrganisedCrime Research Lab just released a systematic review of the social, psychological and economic factors leading to recruitment into organised crime. Important research by @FraCalderoni and colleagues from @Unicatt and @Transcrime: http://bit.ly/37jGXs8. 10,308 impressions (21 January 2020)

 An analysis of financial transactions’ bit.ly/2SHlJ2u. This study analyses data on payments that were likely to be made for child sexual abuse streaming by Australians to the Philippines, gaining insight into Australians live streaming child sexual abuse, their criminal history and demographic data. 27,232 impressions (18 February 2020). 2. Today we released a study on the availability of COVID-19 related products on the darknet. Results showed 222 unique listings across 12 different markets, indicating that profit-motivated criminal groups are seizing the opportunity to sell fake vaccines and other compromised medical items on the darknet. Learn more: bit.ly/2SknSAs. 18,274 impressions (29 April 2020). 3. Latest research from the National Homicide Monitoring Program shows that intimate partner homicide accounts for a third of all female-perpetrated homicide http://bit.ly/2RAuomB]. 14,591 impressions (29 January 2020). 4. Today is World Day against trafficking in persons. Our Estimating the dark figure of human trafficking and slavery victimisation in Australia report revealed there were between 1,300 and 1,900 victims from 2015–16 to 2016–17. Find out more by reading: http://bit.ly/2TRbPJw. #EndHumanTrafficking. 5,226 impressions (30 July 2019). 5. When was the last time you checked your social media privacy settings? Don’t leave yourself open to cybercriminals. Complete your privacy check-up today, go to www.staysmartonline.gov.au/reversethethreat. #ReverseTheThreat #StaySmartOnline. 5,125 impressions (8 October 2019)