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CRC funded reports

2016/17

Summaries of these reports are given below. These reports are held by the Australian Institute of Criminology's JV Barry Library and are available on inter-library loan. For full bibliographic information on any report, search the Library's Catalogue.

  1. CRG 29/13-14: The reporting experiences and support needs of victims of online fraud
  2. CRG Exploring the procedural barriers to securing unexplained wealth orders in Australia

CRG 29/13-14: The reporting experiences and support needs of victims of online fraud

Cassandra Cross, Kelly Richards, Russell Smith
Criminology Research Grant: CRG 29/13-14

Online fraud poses a substantial threat to the financial and overall wellbeing of Australians. This research examines the reporting experiences and support needs of 80 victims of online fraud across Australia, who reported losses of at least AUD$10,000 to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. The findings highlight the many difficulties and challenges faced by victims in attempting to report their incident and document their overwhelmingly negative experiences with agencies across the “fraud justice network”. The report also highlights the devastating impact that online fraud can have on individual victims and the lack of support services available to assist with recovery. Overall, these findings demonstrate the need to more effectively respond to online fraud victims from within the “fraud justice network”. Additionally, they illustrate the need to provide more adequate support mechanisms, which seek to counter the negativity, victim blaming, shame and stigma associated with this particular crime type.

CRG Exploring the procedural barriers to securing unexplained wealth orders in Australia

Marcus Smith & Russell G Smith

Criminology Research Grant

Australia’s unexplained wealth laws form part of a range of measures introduced in response to growing concern about the prevalence and impact of organised crime. The confiscation of criminal assets, including through the use of unexplained wealth legislation, seeks to undermine the business model of organised crime by removing its financial return, punishing offenders, compensating society, preventing the improper use of assets and deterring participation in crime. Although approximately $800m in assets have been confiscated across Australia over the last two decades, only a small proportion of this was confiscated through the application of unexplained wealth laws—possibly as little as $9m since the laws were first introduced in 2000. This report examines the policies and procedures that have been used in almost all of Australia’s states and territories, and at Commonwealth level, to restrain and confiscate unexplained wealth derived from the proceeds of crime. It identifies barriers to their implementation and explores ways in which procedural reforms could be made to improve confiscation of the proceeds of crime of Australia’s most serious criminals.

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