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Feedback from our Recent Professional Development Program
We recently received some outstanding feedback from our Professional Development Program on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) on the 18th and 19th of May. CPTED is a field of criminology which explores the relationship between an offender's decision-making and their environment, and the ways in which designing spaces effectively can reduce crime. The two-day workshop was organised by the Institute's Dr Garner Clancey in collaboration with Sydney University's Centre for Continuing Education (CCE), and was facilitated by CPTED expert Sue Ramsay.

The course involved a mixture of practical experiences, group discussion, and presentations of CPTED theories. Many participants said that the most valuable part of the program involved going on site inspections during the day and in the evening so that they could apply their new knowledge of CPTED to practical situations. Several of the participants also said that the workshop helped them to understand the importance of involving communities in crime prevention, the benefits of non-traditional security methods, and the most effective ways to assess the safety of an area. One person mentioned that the workshop was "much more than I expected", while another found the "insightful and fantastic course" to be "surprisingly detailed for only two days". Every participant rated the overall quality of the training program as 5/5, and many added that they would gladly recommend the course to their colleagues.

To learn more about our upcoming Professional Development Courses and other events, please visit our website.

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Recent Publications
Combating phoenix activities: Law reform Proposals under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)
Dr Shine Wong, Westpac

In 2012, the impact of phoenix activity on the Australia's market economy was estimated by PwC to be as high as $3.19 billion per annum. The aim of this book is to assess the effectiveness of the current operation of the regulatory regime in curbing phoenix activities in Australia, with particular reference to the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth). In particular, the book seeks to explore whether a legal definition for the term "phoenix activity" and specific legal consequences for engaging in phoenix activity should be incorporated into the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth). The significance of the book is to establish an appropriate theoretical framework to assess the effectiveness of the current law in dealing with phoenix activities, and to propose five law reform recommendations with respect to the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth). The book provides insight into the phenomenon of phoenix activities in Australia and other jurisdictions, and should be especially useful to regulators, policy makers, legal practitioners, insolvency practitioners, corporate turnaround professionals, academics, tax professionals, and any interest groups who are affected by the existence of phoenix activities.
Intelligence-Led Policing, 2nd Edition
Jerry Ratcliffe, Temple University, Philadelphia USA

What is intelligence-led policing? Who came up with the idea? Where did it come from? How does it relate to other policing paradigms? What distinguishes an intelligence-led approach to crime reduction? How is it designed to have an impact on crime? Does it prevent crime? These are just a few of the questions that this book seeks to answer.

This revised and updated second edition includes new case studies and viewpoints, a revised crime funnel based on new data, and a new chapter examining the expanding role of technology and big data in intelligence-led policing. Most importantly, the author builds upon an updated definition of intelligence-led policing as it has evolved into a framework capable of encompassing more operational police activity than simply organized crime and recidivist offenders. Written by an expert in the field, this book offers a comprehensive and engaging introduction to intelligence-led policing for students, practitioners and scholars of policing, criminal intelligence and crime analysis.

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Upcoming Events
Registrations Are Now Open for ANZOC 2016
Date: 29th Nov - 2nd Dec 2016
Location: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart

The theme of the 29th Annual Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference is ‘HORIZON CRIMINOLOGY’. Looking over the horizon there are challenges for criminology and criminal justice requiring innovative interpretations and creative responses to the past, present and future. The program will include a wide range of plenary sessions, interactive workshops, round-table sessions, presentations and seminars, shaped to enhance and inform around this theme.

To register and find more information, please follow the link.
The First Annual Victoria Postgraduate Criminology Conference
Date: 21st June, 2016
Location: University of Melbourne

Deakin University and the University of Melbourne presents The First Annual Victoria Postgraduate Criminology ConferenceThe conference will take place on Tuesday 21st June 2016 at the University of Melbourne and will include keynote speakers Professor Andrew Goldsmith (Flinders University), Professor Mark Halsey (Flinders University) and Dr Andrew Groves (Deakin University) discussing their new book Tackling Correctional Corruption: An Integrity Promoting Approach (Palgrave Macmillan).

The event will also host a professional development seminar to support postgraduates who are thinking of developing a career in research and academia. Speakers include Dr Kate Kitz-Gibbon (Monash University), Dr Wendy O’Brien (Deakin University) and Dr Nicola Henry (LaTrobe University). Invitations are open to ALL postgraduates who may wish to participate. This includes PhD students, Masters Students and Honours Students, from any University. Those interested in presenting a paper are asked to send a 200-300 word abstract to vpcconference2016@gmail.com

Attendance at this conference is free.
2016 Victims and Justice National Conference
Date: 8th and 9th of August, 2016
Location: Melbourne Cricket Ground

When victims are asked what they want from our criminal justice system, they often respond that they just want “justice”, but what does justice really mean for victims in the 21st century?

The media often portrays justice simply in terms of harsher prison sentences and victims, by implication, as wanting retribution. Victims of crime however, have a broader and deeper view of what justice means to them. It is widely accepted that victims want to be included in the justice process and to be treated with respect. Yet is procedural justice more important to victims than the outcome? Is restorative justice or retributive justice?

This conference takes a critical look behind these slogans and asks what research and practice are really telling us. Considering the diversity of people as victims and the wide range of offences they experience, what are ways forward? Academics, practitioners and policy-makers will explore ways to move beyond debate to future pathways.

For registration and more information, please follow the link.
2016 Safe Cities Conference
Date: 22nd and 23rd of August, 2016
Location: Pullman Melbourne on the Park, VIC

Safe Cities is a concept that encompasses security, safety and quality of life for those who live, work, visit, study or play in any physical environment. With focus on the development of resilient cities, designing out crime within urban environments, social investment in our communities and public safety, the conference includes expert speakers within research, design thinking, ethics and cyber security.

The Safe Cities Conference will provide a platform of discussion that began in 2015 for professionals involved with providing safe and secure urban communities. The Conference will include workshops, presentations and forums to share experiences and the challenges of designing, planning and maintaining safe places to live.

The Safe Cities Conference Program will be designed to challenge, demonstrate and encourage discussion on all areas of safety and security within communities. Covering topics that include the four thematic categories from the Safe Cities Index 2015 (Digital Security, Health Security, Infrastructure Safety and Personal Safety), this unique Conference aims to attract a range of professionals that work within the safety and security sector. Collaboration within government, business and the community is crucial to the safety and security within cities.

This event will place an emphasis on providing knowledge that will assist delegates to reduce crime and improve community safety at the grass-roots level in cities, suburbs and regional towns.

To register or for more information, please follow the link.
Highlights from the Sydney Film Festival
Date: 8th-19th of June
Location: Various locations in Sydney, NSW

This year’s Sydney Film Festival will showcase over 200 local and international films in venues throughout Sydney. Among the diverse selection, there are some standouts for those with an interest in criminology and criminal justice issues. Pakistani film-maker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is visiting to screen her two Oscar-winning films ‘Saving Face’ and ‘A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness’, which explore acid attacks and honour killings of women in Pakistan. Other key documentaries include ‘Fire at Sea’, which examines the effects of migration policies on asylum seekers in Europe, and ‘In the Shadow of the Hill’, which tells the story of a man who disappeared  in a case of police brutality in one of Rio de Janiero’s favelas.

Key fiction films screening this year include ‘Apprentice’, the story of a Singaporean correctional officer as he becomes an assistant to the chief executioner, ‘3000 Nights’, about a pregnant Palestinian schoolteacher in custody, and ‘Shepherds and Butchers’, which explores the complexities of a South African murder case taking place during apartheid. Finally, Rowan Woods’ classic Australian film ‘The Boys’ will be screening, with the director and other members of the film team in attendance. Based loosely on the 1986 murder of Anita Cobby, it follows three young men over the last 24 hours before they commit a heinous crime, raising questions about the motivation for such senseless violence.

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Job Advertisements
Criminology Lecturer, Monash University
The Criminology Program in the School of Social Sciences  at Monash University is seeking to appoint a dynamic academic with an outstanding research record, ambitious research objectives and a commitment to teaching excellence to a continuing position as Lecturer in Criminology. Applicants demonstrating high achievement in core fields of research and teaching in Criminology will be seriously considered. This role is a full-time position; however, flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

Remuneration: $104,083 - $123,601 pa Level B (includes 17% employer superannuation)

Closing Date: Wednesday 15 June 2016, 11:55pm AEST

For more information and to apply, please follow the link.

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Queensland
The School of Social Science is seeking to appoint a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Criminology, commencing in January 2017.  Applications are sought from exceptional candidates with strong research skills and an ability to teach into one or more substantive areas that link to the research strengths of the School which include policing and regulation; crime and justice policy; communities and crime; developmental and life course criminology; and penology, courts and law. The successful applicant will undertake teaching, postgraduate thesis research supervision, and perform service and engagement activities associated with the School.  The role also involves conducting research, including bringing in external grant funding and publishing scholarly papers.

The applicant must have a PhD in criminology, law or a related discipline.  They must demonstrate expert knowledge in at least one of the research strengths listed above and in the Position Description.  The successful candidate will be able to teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses, supervise research higher degree students, and provide evidence of research including successful external grant applications.

Remuneration: This is a full-time, continuing appointment (commencing January 2017) at Academic Level B or Level C (Teaching & Research). The base salary is:  $89,458 to $106,232 for Level B or $109,586 to $126,360 for Level C, plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17%.

Applications close: 05 Jun 2016 (11:55 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

For more information and to apply, please follow the link.
Community Justice Program Support Worker, Sydney
Lifestyle Solutions are offering casual opportunities for experienced, resourceful and committed persons to join their Community Justice Program as a Drop in Community Support Worker with our organisation.  Through their Community Justice Program they provide support to people with an intellectual or physical disability who have had contact with, or are at risk of entering, the Criminal Justice System.  

The role will be based at their Bella Vista office and involves visiting Sydney clients.

Applications close: Sunday 11.30PM 29th May 2016

For more information and to apply, please follow the link.
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Awards and Grants
2016 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards
The annual Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards recognise and reward good practice in the prevention or reduction of violence and other types of crime in Australia. The awards encourage public initiatives, and assist governments in identifying and developing practical projects which will reduce violence and other types of crime in the community. This year, the ACVPA celebrates its 25th year.

Any government agency, not-for-profit organisation or individual person making a significant contribution to a project in Australia can be nominated for an award. Projects may address specific groups such as rural and remote communities, women, children, youth, family, migrant, ethnic or Indigenous communities, or specific problems such as alcohol-related violence.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 29 July 2016.

AIC Criminology Research Grants
The Australian Institute of Criminology invites applications from individuals or organisations seeking to undertake quality research which is relevant to both current and future Australian criminal justice policy and makes a substantial and original contribution to criminological knowledge.

The Institute encourages applications from organisations or collaborative teams with a demonstrated capacity to deliver high quality criminological research outcomes.

Application forms and further information are now available on the CRG website.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 12 August 2016.

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