The Criminology Research Advisory Council
The Criminology Research Act 1971 provides for a Criminology Research Advisory Council that advises the Director of the AIC on strategic research priorities for the AIC, communications and the effective dissemination of crime and criminal justice information and makes recommendations as to the grants to be made by the Director each year under the Criminology Research Grants program.
The Advisory Council consists of nine members who represent the Australian Government and all states and territories. This composition ensures that areas targeted for research funding reflect both national and state/territory priorities.
The Australian Government representative is appointed by the Attorney-General; state and territory representatives are appointed by the Attorney-General of each state or territory. The Council meets at least three times a year.
Members of the Advisory Council as at 1 January 2017:
- Western Australia
Acting: Ms Pauline Bagdonavicius, Acting Director General, Department of the Attorney General, Western Australia
Acting: Mr Simon Overland, Secretary, Department of Justice, Tasmania
- Australian Government
Acting: Ms Catherine Hawkins, First Assistant Secretary, Criminal Justice Policy and Programmes Division, Attorney-General’s Department
- New South Wales
Mr Brendan Thomas, Deputy Secretary, Department of Justice, New South Wales
- Northern Territory
Mr Greg Shanahan, Chief Executive, Department of the Attorney-General and Justice, Northern Territory
- Australian Capital Territory
Ms Alison Playford, Director-General, Justice and Community Safety Directorate, ACT
- South Australia
Acting: Ms Caroline Mealor, Acting Chief Executive, Attorney General's Department, South Australia
Ms Julia Griffith, Deputy Secretary, Corrections, Department of Justice, Victoria
Ms Jennifer Lang, Acting Deputy Director General, Department of Justice and Attorney-General, Queensland