Past Events

Family Comes First: Implementing Family Intervention in Juvenile Justice

Date: 22 June 2016

About the seminar
The goal of family intervention programs in juvenile justice is reducing recidivism through enhancing family relationships. By aiming services at families who would benefit from assistance in providing more effective parental guidance of children and young people, the Act Now Together Strong (ANTS) program seeks to join Juvenile Justice staff with families to work collaboratively towards positive outcomes for young offenders. ANTS has been implemented in the Western Region of NSW, including Dubbo, Orange, Bourke and Griffith. This seminar explored the recent evaluation of ANTS, asking, what are the benefits of ANTS? Are the benefits region specific? Can they be extended to other areas, and how?

Panellists for this seminar include:

  • Professor Chris Trotter (Director of the Monash Criminal Justice Research Consortium)
  • Leonie Bender (Regional Director, Juvenile Justice, Western Region NSW)
  • Craig Biles (Area Manager, Juvenile Justice, Central West)
  • Jason Coyle (Juvenile Justice Caseworker, Dubbo NSW)

A recording of the event can be found here.

Sydney Institute of Criminology 50th Anniversary Lecture: Rack 'em, Stack 'em and Pack 'em": Decarceration in an Age of Zero Tolerance

Date: 11 May 2016

About the seminar

In the 66 years between 1918 and 1984, the Australian imprisonment rate rose by just 13 per cent. In the 29 years that followed, it more than doubled. Australia now has more than 36,000 people behind bars. Our imprisonment rate exceeds that of Canada, the United Kingdom and most of Europe. The Indigenous imprisonment is now more than 45 per cent higher than it was at the time of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. The rate of female imprisonment has quadrupled since 1982. In this lecture, Dr Don Weatherburn (NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research) discussed how we got to this point, what costs and benefits we've accrued along the way, and what measures might be effective in reducing rates of imprisonment.

The recording of the event can be heard here.


Sydney Institute of Criminology 50th Anniversary Lecture: Southern Criminology and Global Justice

Date: 19th April 2016

About the seminar

As a way of illustrating how Southern Criminology might usefully contribute to better informed responses to global justice, this lecture explored three distinct projects that could be developed. These included firstly, certain forms and patterns of crime specific to the global periphery; secondly, the distinctive patterns of gender and crime in the global South shaped by diverse cultural, social, religious and political factors; and lastly the distinctive historical and contemporary penalities of the global south and their links with colonialism. This lecture was presented by Professor Kerry Carrington, the Head of the School of Justice in the Faculty of Law at Queensland University of Technology.

The recording of the event can be found here.

Sydney's Lockout Laws: Cutting Crime or Civil Liberties?

Date: 14th March 2016

About the seminar

Since being introduced, Sydney's Lockout Laws have been contentious, and have highlighted a range of concerns about Sydney's night-time economy, including safety, alcohol-fuelled violence and crime, civil liberties, entertainment and enjoyment. This panel event canvasses some of the debates in the community. It will discuss: what is the evidence for and against the laws? How are they impacting the community? What is reasonable and unreasonable regulation?


Panellists for the seminar included:

  • Dr Don Weatherburn (Director of the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research)
  • Professor Murray Lee (University of Sydney)
  • Associate Professor Kane Race (University of Sydney)
  • Professor Kate Conigrave (Royal Prince Alfred Hospital)
  • Chair: Associate Professor Julia Quilter (University of Wollongong)

The recording of the event can be found here.

Sydney Institute of Criminology continues its proud tradition of hosting seminars and events involving an array of world renowned and local experts. Descriptions of the past events and seminars of the last four years are listed below.