Since the 1960’s, the ACPC have actively been actively striving for a just society through crime prevention. Step back in time and have a look at our activities spanning the past 60+ years.



Partly due to the impact of COVID during this financial year, the activities of the Council during 2020 were very limited.


The website was rebuilt during 2020 by Jean Yves Theron of Hobart, who kindly undertakes the task of ACPC’s webmaster.  The Council was grateful to Jean Yves for his continuing contribution to ACPC in this regard and we extended our thanks to him.


The 2020 Newsletter was completed and distributed in April 2020 and sent to the Executive and distributed to the Council’s friends in the region and other parts of the world.

It contained reports from Australia (Garner Clancey, Allesandra Daly and Leah Simmons, CEO of the Australian Ice Campaign) and several reports from overseas (the Indonesian Crime Prevention Council, Professor Art Lurigio from Loyola University in Chicago, the Red Hook Community Court in Brooklyn NY, Petr Zeman from the Czech Justice Ministry, Soraya Thompson from Invercargill NZ, Briliant Chibura in Zimbabwe, and the ICPC based in Montreal.

The Council received positive feedback from many who received the Newsletter.


It had been suggested that the Council should prepare and publish (if necessary, by news release) statements to government and the media in relation to crime prevention issues. This issue was discussed at the AGM


The Annual General Meeting of the Council was held at the Office of OARS Community Transitions on Friday 6 November 2020. The sole focus of the 2020 AGM was the future of the Council, because no formal Nominations were received to replace or continue the then Executive. It was informally agreed that investigations would be undertaken to facilitate the Council’s closure and winding up, although no formal resolution was made to this effect. It was agreed that the Chairman would report back to members following consideration of this proposal.


During 2021 the Council considered the exploration of amalgamation with another likeminded organization. The Chairman held an informal meeting with Professor Rick Sarre, the Emeritus Professor of Law and Criminal Justice at the University of South Australia, the former Dean of Law at the Uni SA Law School. The possibility of a merger/amalgamation/ incorporation with another organization was explored, and members were invited to comment.

The topic was referred for discussion to the 2021 Annual General Meeting.


During the year, with Jean Yves Theron’s kind assistance, the website was updated.


The 2021 Annual General Meeting was held at OARS Community Transitions, with some members attending by AVL

Associate Professor Garner Clancey retired from the Executive, after many years of service. The Council expressed its since thanks to Garner for the valuable contributions he had made over many years                                         

All positions on the Council were declared vacant. As there were no formal nominations for positions, it was agreed that the previous Executive would continue (other than those resigning), on an informal basis.

There was a general discussion about the future of the Council as an entity. With no nominations for positions on the Executive, it was agreed that the future of the Council remained uncertain. However

in the light of the opportunity to explore merger discussions with another organization it was resolved that the Chairman be authorized to explore these, and to then report back to the Executive.

The Council would then consider the next step.

                                                   Screenshots from the 2021 AGM


In May 2022 an approach was made to another organization seeking to explore interest in holding discussions with a view to establishing some form of merger. However, before such negotiations were commenced, a new and welcome opportunity arose for the revitalization of the Council.

Mr Peter Kasprzak of WA, who had spent about seven years on the WA Steering Committee, who had organized two conferences, numerous meetings, had hosted many prominent speakers, and had also hosted, free of charge, ACPC’s Website for several years, indicated that he believed that it would be worthwhile to recruit new talent to resuscitate ACPC, and asked how he could assist.

Discussions were held with the Chairman, which have continued during the remainder of 2022, and Peter undertook the task of recruiting new members.  As of late August 2022, he had

sent out 73 LinkedIn invitations, and had received 32 replies. He initiated a Zoom meeting which held on 5 September 2022 with several of those who had responded attending.

This meeting was very positive and successful, with participants from various places in Australia, including Peter, Kim Papalia, Craig Gregory, Daniel Fletcher, Jason Landers, John Tomaino, Konrad Seidl, David Wray, Tia Roko, Tracey Chen as well as three current ACPC members. Two others, Abigail O’Hara and Anshul Bharwaj also connected on the day, although at different times due to schedule contact

Several further Zoom meetings were held between September and November, with other new proposed members joining. By reason of these developments, after consultation with the Executive, the merger proposal was put on hold.

In the meantime, Peter Kasprzak prepared a series of proposals for Working Groups for ACPC, and discussions were held as to the Council’s continuing activities including conferences, webinars, Social media activities, and the continuation of the Newsletters and Website 


The 2022 AGM was attended by 8 existing and 9 new members of the Council

A new Executive Committee was elected comprising

PRESIDENT- Admiral Chris Barrie

CHAIRMAN – Peter Norman

VICE CHAIRMAN – Peter Kasprzak

SECRETARY– Tracey Chung

TREASURER– Craig Gregory




NEW SOUTH WALES– Don Robertson

VICTORIA– Michael Benes

TASMANIA – Isabelle Barktowiak -Theron


QUEENSLAND – Melissa Bull

QUEENSLAND – Abigail O’Hara

The Chairman congratulated all those who had been elected to the Executive and expressed gratitude to Peter Kasprzak for this effort in rebuilding the Council, and all those who had joined as members and/or as Executive members.

All of those attending   addressed the meeting with their views of the Council and its future role.

A vote of appreciation was given to Adam Bodzioch, Past Treasurer and Public Officer, and John Murray, who had also been the Public Officer, they both retiring from the Council.

Appreciation was also extended to Mr Bill Schuller, the Council’s Auditor, and Jean Yves Theron, who edited the Newsletter and runs the Website. A motion was presented to establish Working Groups as to the Council’s further activities, namely

1. Communications and engagement (Newsletter and Website)

2. Events 

3. Governance and Policy

4. Marketing

5. Revenue

It was resolved that these issues would be considered at the first meeting of the new Executive

It also was agreed that Executive meetings would be held on a monthly basis.

                                        Screenshots from the 2022 AGM

2010 – 2019


6 May 2010 – ACPC session at the International Federation on Ageing 10th Global Conference

The ACPC hosted a session at the 10th Global Conference on the International Federation on Ageing which was held in Melbourne, Australia, between 3rd – 6th May 2010. The Session was Chaired by ACPC Chairman Master Peter Norman OAM. Judge Andrew Wilson A.M., the past National President of ACPC, presented a paper “Elderly Prisoners: Issues for the Community” and Mr Geoff Glanville of Prison Fellowship SA, a former SA Branch secretary of ACPC, also addressed the conference, on the issue of elderly child sex offenders.

20 May 2010 – ACPC Celebrates 50th birthday

On 20 May 2010 ACPC celebrated its 50th anniversary, having been formed in Adelaide in May 1960 during a conference held at the University of Adelaide and attended by members of the judiciary, prison after care workers and representatives of Government, church and voluntary agencies from across Australia.

ACPC Annual General Meeting – 7 September 2010

Retirement of Andrew Paterson as Secretary and Robert Motteram as Treasurer of ACPC

Mr Andrew Paterson, who had been ACPC’s Secretary and Public Officer for nearly 10 years, gave notice of his retirement from this position, as he had taken up a fulltime position at Flinders University. The ACPC was sorry to say goodbye to Andrew who had been a tireless worker for the ACPC and for crime prevention generally.
Mr Robert Motteram, who had been Treasurer of both ACPC and the SA Branch, also retired from his position.

ACPC expresses its thanks to Rob for his assistance in these capacities.

Election of John Murray APM and Adam Bodzioch

At the AGM Mr John Murray APM was elected as Secretary/Public Officer and Mr Adam Bodzioch as Treasurer

John Murray

John Murray is an educator and advisor in justice related issues and has worked in every state in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong, The Middle East, South Pacific and Macau (Special Administrative Region of China). He served over thirty years in the South Australia Police before resigning as Assistant Commissioner to take up the position of Associate Professor and Head of the Australian Graduate School of Police Management, Charles Sturt University, New South Wales. For these three years he was retained as an advisor and consultant to the Hong Kong Police. Following further academic work with the Open University of Hong Kong he re-joined policing as a Deputy Commissioner of the Federal Police in 2000 where he was the Chief Police Officer of the Australian Capital Territory for four years. In conjunction with the Australian National University and other institutions he superintended major reforms including community policing philosophy and multiculturism. In 2004 as a private consultant, he conducted several reviews in legal and health areas of government. A regular contributor to public debate he has maintained a keen interest in justice issues.

Adam Bodzioch retired from the South Australian public service in February 2007 after almost 40 years of service, the last 18 years in senior executive roles in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Department for Water Resources and the Courts Administration Authority. He has wide-ranging experience in policy development, courts administration and in high-level consulting and project management work. Adam has been the South Australian Government’s representative on the Council for the Order of Australia since 2002. He has a Bachelor of Business (with Distinction) from the University of South Australia and a Graduate Diploma in Law (Court Policy and Administration) from the University of Wollongong.

Adam Bodzioch

Chairman’s Visit to Malaysia and Cambodia – October 2010

In October 2010 ACPC Chairman Master Peter Norman and his wife Astrid Macleod (later National Secretary) visited Cambodia and Malaysia. While in Kuala Lumpur, they visited the Federal Court and paid a courtesy call on the Chief Justice of Malaysia, Tun Zaki bin Tun Azmi, informing him of the work of ACPC and of the plans for the 2011 Forum. The visit was kindly arranged by Mr Matthew Philip, a Kuala Lumpur Solicitor.

During the same visit, again through the courtesy of Mr Philip, they had lunch with members of the Executive of the Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation: Vice Chairmen Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye Datuk Kamaruddin Md Ali, Treasurer Datuk Eddy Chen Lok Loi, members Tan Sri Robert Phang Miow Sin and Bala A/l Karupiah and Administrator Mr Raflly Nann. They discussed crime prevention generally and the work of our respective organizations and were pleased to learn that a delegation from the MCPF proposed to attend the Forum, and were interested in our initiative to develop a crime prevention network in the region.
While in Cambodia and Malaysia they had the opportunity during the visits to observe crime prevention initiatives to ensure the safety of tourists and visitors to those countries.


Twenty-Second National Conference and Asia Pacific Crime Prevention Forum, Adelaide , January 2011

In January 2011 ACPC in conjunction with Kathleen Lumley College and the Australian Institute for International affairs, ACPC convened the Forum: Crime prevention 2011 and beyond: Forum of Key personnel from the Asia Pacific region. 

Delegates at the Forum

National Executive at the Forum, back row, left to right Mr Leigh Garrett (SA)Mr John Murray APM (SA) Professor Jenny Fleming (Tasmania), Emeritus Professor Micheal Benes (Victoria), Mr Ray Carroll (Victoria), Mr Adam Bodzioch (SA), Ms Grodana Blazevic (Queensland), Judge Andrew Wilson (SA), Front row, Master Peter Norman OAM (National Chairman) Admiral Chris Barrie AC (National President)

Meeting With Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology – May 2011

Dr Adam Tomison

On Wednesday 31 May ACPC Chairman Peter Norman and Secretary John Murray met Dr Adam Tomison, Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology, on his visit to Adelaide. They discussed our respective organizations and the role each plays in crime prevention and community safety. Dr Tomison presented ACPC with copies of recent crime prevention publications and papers prepared by the AIC. 

Meeting with Cecelia Danielle of the Ministry of Justice, Italy – October 2011

During an October visit to Rome, ACPC Chairman Peter Norman met with Cecelia Danielle a representative of the Ministry of Justice, Italy Issues discussed included Restorative Justice , Tourism Safety, and programs for young offenders. These were discussed in a later Newsletter article by Mr Zacharaia Reveruzzi

International Crime Prevention Conference November 2011 – Singapore

Between 14 and 17 November, 2011, ACPC Chairman Master Peter Norman, former ACPC President Judge Andrew Wilson, Ms Astrid Macleod and Mrs Julie Wilson attended the International Crime Prevention Conference held at the Suntec Centre, Singapore.  For a report on the conference, click on this link.

Meeting with Mr Tan Kian Hoon, Chairman of the National Crime Prevention Council, from left Mrs Julie Wilson, Tan Kian Hoon, Judge Andrew Wilson, Master Peter Norman, Ms Astrid Macleod.

In 2010-2011, the ACPC was saddened by the deaths of several of its prominent members or supporters Mrs Marjorie North, Associate Professor Adam Sutton, Mr Ray Kidney, Chief Judge Don Brebner, and  Mr Murray Clapham For details and tributes to these members and supporters click on this link


Membership and other changes

In 2012 two new members joined the National Executive, Asst Professor Peter Homel, Principal Criminologist – Crime Prevention at the AIC and Professor, Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance, Griffith University, Queensland, and Dr Isabelle Bartkowiak-Théron of the Tasmania Institute of Law Enforcement Studies University of Tasmania.

Mr Mick Symons retired as National Secretary and was replaced by Ms Astrid Macleod, Solicitor, of SA.

At the same time Mr Steve Williams volunteered to undertake development of the Website and to edit the Newsletter. The website was much improved from what it had been earlier. Mr Peter Kasprzak of WA, the site domain owner, generously donated the bandwidth needed to maintain and expand the site when needed.

Mr Geoff Lemmey, who had audited the accounts of ACPC for many years retired from this role. Subsequently ACPC obtained the services of an accountant Mr Bill Schuller of Millicent who offered to fulfil this task.

2012 South Australian Branch closure

During the year, the SA Branch closed. It had been formed in 1972. At a meeting between Peter Norman, Leigh Garrett and former Branch members Judge Andrew Wilson, Dr Ken O’Brien and Helen Nichols it was agreed that the activities previously arranged by the Branch in SA would be undertaken by the National ACPC.

2012 Newsletter

In June 2012,  ACPC distributed a further Newsletter following  previous newsletters in earlier years.

Meeting with Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol of Thailand – August 2012

Admiral Barrie and Master Norman meet HRH Princess Mahidol

In August 2012 at the Royal Thai Embassy, Canberra, ACPC President Admiral Barrie and Chairman Peter Norman met HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol of Thailand, Chairperson of the 21st session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, at the Royal Thai Embassy, Canberra. The delegation included Mr Adisak Panupong, Advisor to the Chairperson of the 21st Session of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), Mr Chulasingh Vasantasingh, Attorney General  of Thailand, Dr Kittipong Kittayarak ,Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, Ms Santanee Ditsayabut, Provincial Chief Public Prosecutor attached to the Office of the Attorney General, Mr Vongthep Arthakaivalvatee, Justice Officer Senior Professional Level of the Office of Justice Affairs ,Ministry of Justice, His Excellency Mr Maris Sangiampongsa, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to Australia, and other Justice Ministry and Embassy Staff. Film of the meeting was broadcast on Thai Television the same evening.

Crime Prevention Assist Roundtable – October 2012

In October 2012 ACPC President Admiral Chris Barrie and National Executive member Leigh Garrett attended a “Crime Prevention Assist” Roundtable held in Canberra, convened by the Australian Institute of Criminology, to discuss the sharing of crime prevention information between agencies and individuals in a website service “CP ASSIST” 

Meeting with Police in Hanoi – October 2012

Major General Dr Do Kim Tuyen

Also in October, ACPC Chairman Peter Norman and Secretary  Astrid Macleod attended a meeting in Hanoi  with Major General Dr Do Kim Tuyen, Deputy Director General, General Department of Police on Crime Prevention and Suppression, of the Ministry of Public Security, Vietnam, and other representatives of that Department including senior members of the Vietnam Police Force.  The history and role of ACPC and successful crime prevention projects in Australia were referred to. Maj Gen Tuyen spoke of the importance of crime prevention in Vietnam and referred to its Crime Prevention Initiative focussing on the risk of crime to the social life of the community, the rehabilitation of offenders, and methods of fighting crime.   It was agreed that this dialogue would be continued in the future. This is continuing by liason with Lieut Dinh Manh Cuong of the International Cooperation Department of the Ministry in Hanoi.

First International Conference on Law Enforcement and Public Health – November 2012

In November ACPC was a sponsor, partner and session convenor at the First International Conference on Law Enforcement and Public Health held in Melbourne between 11 and 14 November 2012.  The objective of the session convened was “to determine the contribution of public health to crime prevention and how it can be optimized ethically.” The session was chaired by Judge Andrew Wilson, past National President of ACPC, and the principal Presenter was Isabelle Bartkowiak-Theron who spoke on ‘Dismantling the Silos: consolidating knowledge-sharing and partnerships between law enforcement, law and medicine’.   Presenters from Canada and Victoria also spoke at the session.


Meeting with SA Opposition Leader and Shadow Attorney – September 2013

In September 2013 ACPC Chairman Peter Norman, Secretary Astrid Macleod, Professor Peter Homel and Dr Garner Clancey met Mr Steven Marshall, Leader of the Opposition in SA and Hon Stephen Wade, Shadow Attorney General, to brief them on crime prevention programs and initiatives being undertaken in Australia and elsewhere.

Meeting in Prague with Dr Petr Zeman – September 2013

Later that month ACPC Chairman Peter Norman and Secretary Astrid Macleod attended a meeting in Prague, Czech Republic, with Dr Petr Zeman, the Research Director of the Institute of Criminology and Social Prevention. ACPC Executive member Prof Michael Benes had assisted to arrange the meeting. Criminal justice issues in Europe were discussed, including the provision of safety information for foreign tourists and other issues relating to crime prevention in the Czech Republic and Europe. Dr Zeman subsequently made contact with the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Interior, and the Czech Tourism Agency, in this regard, and invited the provision by ACPC of a basic (common) structure of this information so he could then find and send relevant data.

Prof. Michael Benes visited the Czech Republic in relation to the planning of the ESCAC to be held in Prague between 10 -13 September 2014.

Membership Changes during 2013

During the year Peter Sirr retired as the Director of Outcare WA, and from the National Executive. He was replaced on the Executive by Ms Amanda Wheeler, his replacement Director at Outcare.


Change to Executive – August 2014

In August 2014, Gordana Blazevic from Queensland resigned from the National Executive.

New website administrator

During the year Stephen Williams indicated that he wished to retire from the position as Web Administrator which he had undertaken for some years. ACPC subsequently advertised for a volunteer for the position through the Volunteers SA website, and engaged Helen Lyons as a new web administrator for the site, with Lesley Rutherford to assist her.

2014 Newsletter

In May the 2014 newsletter was published, with reports provided from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, Thailand, Laos, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Vietnam and PNG, with Australian contributions from Ray Carroll, Peter Homel, Garner Clancey, Tony Lake, Andrew Wilson, Ingrid Stonehill (Neighbourhood Watch) Ray Andersson, and Amanda Wheeler. 

Intern articles – Sarah Ford

Sarah Ford, who had studied crime prevention in Sydney under supervision of Prof Garner Clancey, offered to assist ACPC in an internship position. She subsequently provided for publication on the website and distribution elsewhere, two well researched and informative papers. “The Benefits of Crime Prevention” and “Some Crime Prevention Initiatives in the Australian states and territories” involving a snapshot view of crime prevention programs from across Australia.

Activities of ACPC members during 2014

In an Australian first, National Executive member Ray Carroll and the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council established a partnership with Mission Australia and Suncorp Insurance to implement a U Turn styled program for young offenders to operate as a social enterprise in inner Melbourne. 

Prof Peter Homel attended meetings in Brazil and the USA and prepared a workshop for the UN Crime Congress to be held in 2015. He also attended the 23rd UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Vienna. At that meeting there was a significant resolution passed on crime prevention, recommended for adoption by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). This was the first major Crime Commission resolution on crime prevention in six years so it was an important step in prioritising crime prevention on the international and national agenda.

In September-October, Peter Norman and Astrid Macleod attended crime prevention meetings in the UK, Denmark and Singapore. These included a visit to SACRO (Scotland) a prisoner welfare and crime prevention organization based in Edinburgh, where they met Mr Paolo Mazzoncini, the Director, and Operations East of SACRO. Later, in Copenhagen, they attended a meeting at the offices of the Danish Crime Prevention Council with Anna Karina Nickelsen (Head of Secretariat), Charlotte Vincent (Sociologist and Special Consultant), and other members of the Council, and were briefed on its activities and some of its projects.

Peter Norman and Astrid Macleod later attended a meeting in Singapore, together with Judge Andrew Wilson, Eric Low, and Galen Tan who had both been involved in the Singapore National Crime Prevention Council conference in 2011. 

SIC Seminar on Alternative Education – Asst Prof Garner Clancey

In November 2014, Associate Professor Garner Clancey and the Sydney Institute of Criminology hosted a successful seminar on Alternative Education, Diversion and Young People. With over 130 registrants, this event showcased local programs aimed at keeping young people out of the criminal justice system. A training course was also organised by the Institute (and delivered by Dr John Howard) on Drugs, Crime, Young People and Brief Interventions. This session was part of a continuing education program being delivered by the Institute. A similar conference was held in Sydney in April. The AIC also hosted Community Safety conferences in Melbourne and Ipswich.

  • Isabelle Bartowiak-Theron wrote a paper in collaboration with Rick Sarre on bail issues.
  • Amanda Wheeler, the Director of Outcare WA, attended the Australasian Reintegration Conference in Singapore. 
  • Leigh Garrett was involved with the structural re-organization of OARS Community Transitions in Adelaide.

Ray Andersson wrote a chapter on school security in Australia for the book “Handbook of School Safety and Security” published by Elsevier and edited by Lawrence Fennely and Marianne Perry in the US.  He was   appointed as Chairman of ASIS International Crime Prevention and Loss Prevention Council for 2015/2016 at the ASIS International Annual Exhibition and Seminar in Atlanta. He visited London in November to receive the Freedom of the City of London as a member of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals.

Publication of ACPC Journals online

During 2014, on request from Austlii, an online publisher of online legal information, copies of past editions of defunct ACPC publications covering the period between 1978 and 1983 were provided for scanning and posting online.


Changes to Executive 2015

During the year Amanda Wheeler, the retiring Director of Outcare WA, resigned from the Executive and her replacement at Outcare, Paul McMullan, was elected as WA representative on ACPC.

 Members Activities during 2015

Garner Clancey and the Sydney Institute of Criminology hosted several events including Crime Prevention – 2015 Master Class, Criminology through Crime Film Course, Working with Domestic Violence Offenders Training Course, the Paul Byrne SC Memorial Lecture was delivered by Justice Virginia Bell, and Crime: Contemporary and Future Trends at the one-day seminar. 

Leigh Garrett continued his work as director of OARS Community Transitions in Adelaide and assisted ACPC by finalizing the affairs of the SA Branch.

Isabelle Bartowiak-Theron continued in her work as Senior Lecturer – School of Social Sciences’ Senior Researcher – Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies, and Discipline Coordinator Police Studies in Hobart. Peter Norman and Astrid Macleod and    met her in Hobart in February to discuss future ACPC activity.

Peter Homel attended the 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal in Doha, Qatar which addressed the broad theme of preventing crime to build sustainable development. In his role as Principal Criminologist – Crime Prevention at the Australian Institute of Criminology, Peter was accompanied by the AIC’s then Director, Dr Adam Tomison. Peter delivered one of the four workshops being part of the official Congress program. 
Michael Benes spent five weeks in Prague where he attended an annual social pathology conference and for the sixth time, he presented the ‘Benes Award’, received by students for the best post-graduate (Master or PhD) thesis in criminology/crime prevention during the previous academic year.  He had sponsored a select group of Master students at Prague’s Charles University since 2006.

Chairman and Secretary’s activities during 2015

In May, Peter Norman and Astrid Macleod met SA Police Minister Tony Piccollo at Parliament House and briefed him concerning a number of the initiatives and programs discussed with the Danish Crime Prevention Council and at an earlier meeting with a crime prevention officer from the Italian Ministry of Justice. They provided him with some of the written materials received.
In July, accompanied by Executive member Mr John Murray APM, they were received at Government House SA and met the SA Governor, His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO and told him of the work of ACPC and provided him with a copy of the Newsletter. 

During the year they also attended several meetings in Asia.
In Jakarta they met Prof Mardjono Reksodiputro a distinguished lawyer and Professor of Law at the University of Indonesia who holds many important offices in Indonesia. He had been a friend of ACPC for many years and had assisted in arrangements for Indonesia’s representation at the 2007 and 2011 ACPC Forums.  Opportunities for co-operation between Indonesia and Australia including future conferences and information-sharing were discussed.

Later, in Colombo, they met Ms Jeeva Niriella, Head of the Department of Public and International Law of the University of Colombo, and her husband Mr Shantha Niriella a lawyer and Notary Public. Jeeva teaches and researches Criminal Justice, Criminology, Victimology, Penology and other subjects and she had established the Sri Lanka Institute of Criminology launched on 30 October. Jeeva agreed to become involved in ACPC’s Network and to contribute and   provide an article for the Newsletter. 


Meeting with Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation

In Kuala Lumpur Peter met several members of the Selangor State Liason Committee of the Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation, including MCPF Vice Chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye and Datuk Muhammad Fuad, Secretary for the Selangor SSL Committee and heard a presentation on crime prevention initiatives including education on this subject at schools and universities in Malaysia. Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye spoke as to the importance and value of information sharing between jurisdictions in the region. After the meeting the group was hosted to lunch by Tan Sri Jeffrey Chia AO, the founder of Sunway Holdings and Chairman of the MCPF SSL Liason Committee.  Under his leadership, the Sunway Safe City Initiative had been launched. It had proven extremely effective in combating crime. 

Membership of ICPC – 2015

Following telephone discussions with Ms Celine Monnier, ICPC Analyst and Project officer with ICPC in Montreal, Canada, about the role ACPC might play within that organization, 
ACPC was notified that the Board has decided that its membership fee be waived for 2015 and 2016, after which the situation would be reconsidered. 

2015 Newsletter

A 2015 Newsletter was completed and distributed It contained 12 reports from within Australia and overseas reports from Thailand, Indonesia, Laos PDR, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, PNG, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. Asst Professor Melissa Bull provided an article on her involvement in three key projects, Ray Andersson on Neighborhood Watch NT and Crime Stoppers NT, and Ray Carroll on Vehicle Theft and of the impact of changes in social or economic factors. The law firm Norman Waterhouse kindly donated the services of its productions officer, Cara Carusi, to design and format the content of the Newsletter. Ms Helen Lyons continued as web administrator.

Submission to Senate regarding AIC – November 2015

In November ACPC provided a formal submission to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee of the Senate in relation to the Australian Crime Commission Amendment (Criminology Research) Bill, urging that the legislation should mandate the continued research and related services presently undertaken by the AIC. During the hearing Senator McKim of Tasmania noted ACPC’s submission.


Research assistance to ICPC – July 2016

In July 2016 ACPC was asked by the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime ICPC to contribute with ideas, suggestions, contacts and others, and whether there were any specific research projects conducted in the area of preventing violent radicalisation. At the request of ACPC, the Australian Local Government Association of Australia later published a short article about the project and seeking responses, which were passed on to ICPC.

Chairman and Secretary address Pacific Prosecutors’ Conference – September 2016

Following an invitation from Graham Leung, Solicitor General of Nauru, Peter Norman and Astrid Macleod attended and presented papers in September at the 2016 Annual Conference of the Pacific Prosecutors Association, held in Fiji. Countries attending the conference were Nauru, Tonga, Samoa, Solomon Islands, PNG, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Palau, Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia and the Cook Islands. Astrid presented a paper about ACPC and its role and spoke about some effective crime prevention initiatives both in Australia and other parts of the world.  

Delegates to the Prosecutor’s Conference

Website upgrade 2016

During the year it became apparent that the Internet platform for the website had deteriorated to the point that a complete rebuild was necessary. Jean-Yves Théron of Hobart kindly undertook to rebuild the site on a new and updated platform and to manage the website. An updated domain name, was obtained. ACPC continued to benefit from a generous bandwidth subsidy provided by Mr Peter Kasprzak of Perth.


2017 Newsletter

The 2017 Newsletter was completed and distributed in March. It contained 10 reports from within Australia with 8 reports from overseas.  In addition to the distribution of the Newsletter in Australia and across the region, it was sent to 21 jurisdictions in the Asia Pacific (including all of the delegates to the Prosecutors Association of the Pacific  at which we spoke in Fiji), 34 member countries of the European Crime Prevention network and to the ICPC in Montreal. A criminology graduate Tiffany Lands and a law graduate Zachariah Reveruzzi assisted in the preparation.

Denmark Intern visit to Tasmania

Following an approach made by Ms Emma Kiis, an intern from the University of Aalborg (Denmark), ACPC facilitated her visit to Tasmania as an intern with Isabelle Barktowiak Theron so she could work with ACPC on a number of projects.

USA and Canada meetings – September and October 2017

Chairman Peter Norman and Secretary Astrid Macleod Astrid visited the USA and Canada and attended a number of crime prevention/community safety related visits/meetings.
These were held in Los Angeles, including a meeting with Mr Russell Iungerich (retired) Deputy Attorney General, California, and a joint Meeting with Mr Kevin Coffey, former LAPD officer, now consultant, publicist, and lecturer on travel safety and with Lt Raymond Marquez, Sgt Angelo Castro, and Officers Javier and Stultz, at LAPD HQ)

Further  activities were later held in  Chicago, including a  visit to the Law Courts and  a planned meeting arranged with Professor Arthur J. Lurigio, Senior Associate Dean College of Arts and Sciences, of Loyola University Chicago , who has expertise on Adult probation, substance abuse and crime, interface between mental health and the criminal justice systems),in Washington DC  (Meeting with Prof Frederic Lemieux, CEO of Asset Consulting and Faculty Director and Professor of the Practice Applied Intelligence Program, School of Consulting Studies, University of Georgetown – research focus on policing, homeland security and cybersecurity), in  New York (Visit to Red Hook Community Justice Centre, Brooklyn, (NY Centre for Court Innovation) meetings with James Brodick, Jacqueline Renaud-Rivera, and Presiding Judge Alex M Calabrese, and a visit to the Court), in  Boston (Meeting with Professor Emeritus Jack Greene, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice College of Social Sciences and Humanities Northeastern University -recognised as one of the USA’s leading scholars in the field of policing),  in Montreal (Meetings with Justice Michael Stober, Supreme Court of Quebec and a visit to the ICPC and meeting with Director General Daniel Cauchy, Anne-Sophie Ponsett, Ariane De Palacio, Cateline Autixier, Pablo Madriaza Theodora Mihaylova, Liam Stock-Rabbat and Laurence Poulin), in  Lunenburg, Nova Scotia (Meeting with Deputy Mayor Peter Mosher),and in  Halifax NS (Meetings with Wendy Marie Baker, Legal Information Counsellor at Justice Access, and Professor Tim Stretton, St Marys University Halifax NS)

ICPC Director Daniel Cauchy
Meeting with ICPC Staff, Montreal

Changes to Executive membership   – November 2017 AGM

At the AGM held in November 2017 Professor Peter Homel and Sarah Ford retired from the Executive, and Mr John Walker of NSW and Ms Tiffany Kappen of SA were  elected  as new members. John has had 25 years’ experience at the Australian Institute of Criminology applying analytical skills to the analysis and development of State, national; and international policy in crime prevention and control. He now hosts a Website on Crime trends and analysis. 

John Walker at the 40th Anniversary of the Australian Institute of Criminology (with Don Weatherburn (NSW BoCSaR), Russell Wilson (Austrac) and Richard Harding (former Director AIC)


Newsletter- March 2018

The 2018 Newsletter was completed and distributed in March, it contained 10 reports from within Australia with 8 reports from overseas.  In addition to its distribution in Australia and across the region, it was sent to 21 jurisdictions in the Asia Pacific (including all of the delegates to the Prosecutors Association of the Pacific at which ACPC spoke in Fiji), 34 member countries of the European Crime Prevention network, and to the ICPC in Montreal. A large number of recipients wrote back indication interest in the newsletter and requesting to be kept on the distribution list.

Tiffany Kappen, a criminology graduate, and law graduate Zachariah Reveruzzi, assisted in the preparation of the Newsletter.

Danish Intern visit – Emma Kiis

Emma Kiis arrived from Denmark and worked with Executive member Isabelle Barktowiak -Theron at TILES. Her projects related to developing resources for the ACPC website on the role of police in crime prevention and in assisting TILES researchers in the organising of a large interstate workshop on law enforcement and public.

Policy Guidelines

Following a suggestion that ACPC should prepare and publish statements to government and the media in relation to crime prevention issues – a task undertaken very effectively by the Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation –  

Lyndal Jones, a Bachelor in Criminology & Criminal Justice student with Griffith University in Queensland, offered to research topics on ACPC’s behalf in this regard.

Cook Islands and New Zealand Visits- October 2018

In October 2018 ACPC Chairman Peter Norman and Secretary Astrid Macleod Secretary attended a session of the Conference of the Prosecutors of the Pacific (PILON.)  and during the visit they  met Inspector John Strickland of the Cook Islands Police, who heads the crime prevention program of that country.  The Cook Islands   had been   the first Pacific jurisdiction to formally launch a prevention centred operating model, which supports police in the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Niue, Tuvalu and Vanuatu, and helps them develop their own models. The Cook Islands Model recognizes five areas of demand – alcohol, roads, family harm, youth and maritime. A detailed plan has been developed.

Meeting with Insp. Strickland, Cook Islands Police and with Kevin Mechen and Ann Todd, New Zealand

In Invercargill, NZ they met Acting Inspector Peter Graham of Southland Police who provided a detailed briefing of police community safety initiatives in the region and in NZ as a whole. In Dunedin they met spoke to Kevin Mechen the Alcohol, Psychoactive Substances and Gambling Advisor to Dunedin City Council.  Later, in Christchurch, they  we met Ann Todd, a volunteer coordinator for Community Patrols in that city.  Community Patrols are a national organisation supporting over 5,000 volunteers throughout the country. They are operated by their local communities and raise annual operating expenses through local grants, sponsorships and donations. Patrollers are volunteers working closely with Police as extra “eyes and ears” to assist them and other agencies to build safer communities. They are independent from the Police but receive regular Police guidance, training and tasking.

One and All Sailing Ship program

In December 2018 Chairman Peter Norman and Secretary Astrid Macleod joined an evening sail on the South Australian tall ship “One And All” to meet Mr David Binks OAM CF, a prominent sailor and boatbuilder, and several of his fellow members of the Glenelg Rotary Club, to discuss the benefits of the One and All Training Ship program. The Club has raised funds to send students on 5-day training voyages on the One & All, also sponsored by the Rotary Foundation, the Boating Industry Foundation, and SeaLink.


Victoria, ACT and NSW Crime Prevention Visits – February 2019

In February 2019, Chairman Peter Norman and Secretary Astrid Macleod visited the Victoria the ACT for a number of crime prevention related visits and meetings at the Ouyen Council, the Australian Crime Commission (meeting Deputy Director Rick Brown and staff member Anthony Morgan Redfern Police), the Sydney Institute of Criminology, (meeting Garner Clancey), the Police and Justice Museum, the Kings Cross Community Information Centre, the Medically Supervised Injecting Centre, the Orange City Council, and the Hay Shire Council.   

Retirements and New Executive Members – March 2019

During the year NT Executive member Mr Ray Andersson, retired from the Council, and it expressed its gratitude to him for his support and participation. Ray Carroll, the CEO of Carsafe since its inception, also retired. He had been a member of ACPC for many years and had provided substantial expertise in relation to car theft and related issues.

Subsequently the Council welcomed Ms Mary Chalmers as its NT Representative.  She is a Barrister in the NT having been admitted in 2002. She practices in administrative law, Appeals, Criminal and Traffic law, Work Health and Safety law, Coronial inquests/inquiries and other administrative inquiries, Ombudsman/Anti-corruption inquiries and official corruption prosecutions, Military and other Disciplinary tribunal matters, Licensing, Domestic and Family Violence Act matters. She has had substantial superior court trial experience having worked as a crown prosecutor with the NT DDP and the Solomon Islands DDP (anti-corruption specialist) under the Regional Assistance Mission (RAMSI).  She has had over 15 years’ experience as a legal practitioner and had recently joined the independent bar in order to utilise her trial and appellate experience across a broader range of litigation. 

Activities of Executive members in 2019                 

Asst. Professor Garner Clancey, Vice Chairman of ACPC, undertook work for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).  The Education for Justice (E4J) initiative seeks to prevent crime and promote a culture of lawfulness through education activities designed for primary, secondary and tertiary (education) levels. It is coordinated by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).  A series of modules have been developed covering diverse topics, such as crime prevention and criminal justice; organised crime; anticorruption; trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants; firearms; cybercrime; counter-terrorism; and wildlife, forest and fisheries crime   Garner worked on the crime prevention tertiary module and found it a thoroughly inspiring process to work with colleagues from many countries with expertise in diverse areas of crime prevention, criminal justice, policing and other areas. 

Johanna Haestrup

Dr Isabelle Barktowiak-Theron, Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies School of Social Sciences, in partnership with the ACPC, welcomed Ms Johanna Hæstrup a research intern from Aalborg University (Denmark). Who spent five months with the TILES team working on the Law Enforcement and Public Health (LEPH) project. 

The internship is an opportunity for students to become involved in a variety of research tasks and projects and it also assists them with planning their career. In 2017, TILES and the ACPC partnered to provide an internship for a Master student, also from Denmark, who later completed her study successfully and became a university lecturer in Denmark.  The Law Enforcement and Public Health project at TILES is an ongoing initiative that looks at developing agency collaboration at early intervention (prevention) stage. The project started in 2017 with a large statewide consultation looking at how law enforcement agencies could better collaborate with other areas of specialisation.

Melissa Bull

ACPC Executive member Melissa Bull left Griffith University at the end of 2018 to become the Director of the QUT Centre for Justice (QUT C4J), at Queensland University of Technology. A strong focus of the Centre is the democratisation of knowledge and engagement with scholars and practitioners working in the Global South.

In July, the QUT C4J hosted its 5th biennial international conference.  Around 150 people attended the conference, with representation from 13 different countries. The program content ran over 31 sessions and showcased new and interesting ideas from diverse global perspectives including Asia, South America, Africa and Australia.

Presentation of Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology’s Annual Adam Sutton Award- December 2019

In December 2019 Allesandra Daly presented the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology’s Annual Adam Sutton Award to Anthony Morgan, at a Criminology Conference held at the University of Melbourne. His study ‘Reducing crime in public housing areas through community development: An evaluation of the High-Density Housing Program in the ACT’ was published with co-authors Rick Brown, Maggie Couglan, Hayley Boxwall and Deanna Davy.  Allesandra – the widow of former ACPC Vice Chairman Adam Sutton, for whom the Award is named – found great pleasure in attending the Conference, not only for the many stimulating papers presented, but for realising the extent of how well remembered Adam was by his former colleagues and students

ACPC Annual General Meeting, November 2019

From left, Peter Norman (Chairman), Isabelle Bartkowiak-Theron (Tasmania), Astrid Macleod (Secretary), Johanna Hæstrup (Denmark), Andrew Wilson (former National President), John Murray (Adelaide), Adam Bodzioch (Treasurer and Public Officer), Leigh Garrett (Adelaide) 

2000 – 2009

Twentieth National Conference, Fremantle 2005

This was held at the Esplanade Hotel between Sunday 20 March and Tuesday 22 March 2005 Under the theme “Trends in Crime Prevention- a multi tiered approach”.
The conference was opened by the Federal Minister for Justice, Senator Ellison. Keynote speakers included Professor Tony Bottoms (by video link from London) and Mr Peter Kenyon.
The conference was attended by approximately 180 delegates, and provided a general overview of crime prevention in Australia, information on many specific topics and programs, and an opportunity to contact others working in the area.
One of the highlights was a Panel forum attended by the representatives of Government Crime Prevention Departments or Units from all the mainland States- a first.
At a meeting of the Executive, representatives from Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland attended to discuss the Council’s future directions. The meeting was assisted in this regard by Judge Andrew Wilson, its former National Chairman, and by Mr Des Semple, who had been engaged to prepare a Strategic Plan.

At a business meeting at the conclusion of the Conference, delegates considered this Strategic Plan and resolved:
1.    for the ACPC to redefine its role as a Peak NGO; to abandon attempts to seek government funding for its operations; to avoid service delivery projects except training; to re-assert its role as a Peak body complementing but not competing with existing organisations and structures; to retain on its agenda planning for a further national Conference; and to maintain efforts to establish Branches in all States and Territories;
2. To complete infrastructure improvements; Conduct a membership drive in all States and Territories; and to appoint a high-profile President (at an appropriate stage);

3.    To identify new niche opportunities and continue to support and focus on pragmatic solutions “which work” 
4.    To develop and expand a Website;
5.    To maintain links with LGA;
6.    To foster and encourage media focuses at local levels;
7.    To conduct training programs and/or workshops;
8.    To maintain international networks, eg. ICPC;
9.    To maintain a “conduit pipe” to the AIC
10.    To recommend new topics of information and research and secure closer collaboration with AIC, especially on a State basis;
11.    To encourage Co-ordination of service providers;
12.    To re-connect with the community;
13.    To formulate joint projects/partnerships;
14.    to identify any other organisations (besides AIC) with whom ACPC might wish to affiliate or strike up an alliance.

National Executive, Freemantle (2005) Back row: Peter Sirr(WA) (n/k), Daryl Carmody (WA), Leigh Garrett Front row: Adrienne Isnard (Qld) Mike Coe (WA) Peter Norman (SA, Chairman), Andrew Paterson (SA)

Subsequent to the 2005 Conference new branches were established in North Queensland and the Northern Territory, a developed proposal was been prepared in relation to the establishment of a crime prevention training facility, a national website was been commissioned to come into operation in 2007, and preparation was undertaken to meet in Townsville in October to discuss and consider the Council’s goals.

February 2007

National Executive (2007)

Left to right: Prof Don Robertson (NSW), Master Peter Norman (SA, Chairman), Andrew Paterson (SA), Prof Michael Benes (VIC), Prof Jenny Fleming (TAS), Leigh Garrett (SA), Mike Coe (WA)
In February the National Executive met in Adelaide to discuss the future goals and directions of the ACPC. Issues discussed included branch development and recruitment of members, crime prevention training, the establishment of a comprehensive website, expansion of the Council into the Asia Pacific, and the forthcoming AIC Conference in Townsville. It was agreed that the Executive would meet on a regular basis.

October 2007

Following its 2005 Fremantle and 2007 Adelaide meetings, the Council, in collaboration with its North Queensland Branch, was involved in the organization by the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC), and the Townsville City Council of a conference “Improving Community Safety: Lessons from the Country and the City” held at the James Cook University 
The conference presented a host of crime prevention topics, including the marketing of crime prevention, situational crime prevention, personal safety issues, partnerships, community engagement, and topics relating to indigenous communities and crime.
In conjunction with this conference, the Council invited to Townsville a selected group of committed persons from Thailand, Lao PDR, Cambodia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the Fiji Islands and Samoa, together with delegates from New Zealand and Australia. These persons attended the Conference, learned about practical issues in crime prevention, and then met together at a Forum and discussed matters of mutual interest and concern.
The visiting delegates  were Judge Suntariya Muanpawong from the Office of the President of the Supreme Court of Thailand, Judge Somsack Taybounlack of the Court of Appeal of the People’s Supreme Court of Lao PDR, Mr Sekano Koeut the Secretary General of the Royal Academy for Judicial Professions in the Office of the Council of Ministers of Cambodia, Mr Kemal Dermawan from the Department of Criminology, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Indonesia; and Vice Secretary of the Indonesian Crime Prevention Fund Foundation, The Honourable Justice Mogish  from  the National and Supreme Courts of Papua New Guinea, the Crimes Administrator in Port Moresby,  Mr Ronald Talasasa, the Director of Public Prosecutions for the Solomon Islands, Mr Graham Leung, a lawyer based in Suva and a Vice President of LawASIA, Afamasaga Toleafoa, a Matai Chief and National Advocate for the Protection of Children from Samoa, Ms Carol Dickson from the Papakura District Council in New Zealand, a Safer  Communities Project Officer, and Mr Andrew Paterson a crime prevention consultant from Adelaide and Board member of the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime.
Funding for the Forum came from the Australian Government through AusAid, the AIC and a number of other sponsors.
The delegates came from a wide geographical area and different cultures, and brought a diversity of experience and knowledge. They included representatives of the judiciary, the legal profession, government, the media, welfare, and the private sector. They came to share their collective knowledge and experiences, so as to help their own communities when they returned to them. At the conclusion of the Forum It was resolved that a  Communiqué would also be drafted which would recognise the importance of crime prevention, recognise the group’s differences in challenges facing the participating countries, recognise the rule of law, and note the setting up of the Working Group.

National Executive Meeting, Townsville, October 2007

(from left, Adrienne Isnard, North Queensland, Andrew Paterson SA, Bill Somerville NT, Peter Norman
SA, Rob White, Tasmania , Garner Clancy, NSW)
   Forum delegates
Forum in progress 
National Executive Meeting, 30 August 2008

Left to right around table, Admiral Chris Barrie (President) ; Leigh Garrett (SA); Judge Andrew Wilson (former President); Andrew Paterson (Secretary); Rob Motteram (Treasurer); Garner Clancy (back to camera, NSW)
The Council held a National Executive meeting in Adelaide on Saturday 30 August, followed by a dinner in the evening. At the meeting, the Council welcomed the new President, Admiral Barrie, and planned for future activities.

Visit of Professor Irvin Waller

Professor Irwin Waller and ACPC Secretary Andrew Paterson

During the week of 22 September 2008 Professor Irvin Waller visited South Australia. He was keynote speaker at the National Victim Support Conference and met with interested politicians, media and the Commissioner for Social Inclusion. He also addressed public meetings and workshops to promote the “Less law-more order” view of Justice.
Professor Waller met Chairman Peter Norman and Secretary Andrew Paterson to discuss crime prevention strategy and promotion.

December 2008 : Visit of Judge Farrell of the New York Gambling Court

Judge Mark Farrell of the New York “Gambling Court” also visited Adelaide, in early December 2008. The Gambling and Crime Subcommittee of the SA branch of ACPC had raised significant funds to sponsor his visit. Judge Farrell addressed the National Association of Gambling Studies National Conference in Adelaide, held workshops and public meetings, and met the South Australian Premier, Minister Zollo, Judges, Magistrates, and OARS representatives to promote the concept of a diversionary Court for problem gamblers.

New ACPC President and Vice President

Admiral Chris Barrie AC RAN Rtd. 

In 2008 Admiral Barrie was appointed as the Council’s President. Admiral Barrie was Chief of Australia’s Defence Force between 1988 and 2002. He is presently a Visiting Fellow at the Strategic Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a special focus on International Relations and a Master of Business Administration by Deakin University.
The Council also appointed a new Vice President, Associate Professor Adam Sutton of the School of Political Science, Sociology and Criminology of the University of Melbourne. Asst Professor Sutton’s research and teaching interests are criminology and crime policy, crime prevention, drug law enforcement and white-collar crime, and he has published in each of these fields. Asst Professor Sutton was previously Director of South Australia’s Office of Crime Statistics and Director of Crime Prevention.
Peter Norman remained as Chairman and Vice President.

August 2009 – Meeting with the National Crime Prevention Council of Singapore

Judge Andrew Wilson with Representatives from the National Crime Prevention Council of Singapore

On 19 August 2009, Judge Andrew Wilson AM, former National President of ACPC attended a meeting with the National Crime Prevention Council of Singapore.
Judge Wilson wrote:
I was pleased to represent the Australian Crime Prevention Council during a recent visit to Singapore, where I met the Chairman and office-bearers of the National Crime Prevention Council of Singapore. The purpose of the Meeting was to discuss crime prevention in the Asia Pacific Region.
The Chairman Mr. Tan Kian Hoon and the Vice-Chairman Mr.Eric Low hosted a Banquet arranged in my honour and attended by members of Singapore’s Executive Committee and their Executive Director Mr.Chua Chuan Seng. It was immediately apparent to me that the National Crime Prevention Council of Singapore not only is an active organisation but also performs a leadership role in the Region. My hosts were interested to hear of recent initiatives taken by ACPC in the Region and of our plans for the future. I feel confident that any future Regional Forum to be attended by crime prevention “practitioners” in the Region will be supported and attended by our colleagues from Singapore.
The spirit of goodwill that was made apparent and the level of co-operation that was shown were such as to provide me with a feeling of confidence that our two organisations can work together in the future in a spirit of partnership. There is undoubtedly scope for maintaining a network of crime prevention operatives in the Asia Pacific Region and for the sharing of good practices.

October 2009 – Chairman’s visit to the European Crime Prevention Network

In October 2009 ACPC Chairman Peter Norman visited Mr Jukka – Pekka Takala, a representative of Finland, and Mr Juan Carlos Garrido Iglesias, now Chair of the Board, and Mr Eduardo Juez, representative of Spain, of the European Crime Prevention Network.
They briefed him on the activities of the Network and their work in crime prevention in their respective countries.
Full details of the Network can be obtained from their website.

1990 – 1999


Fifteenth National Conference, Wollongong 1991

Mr Clive Begg

The Council’s Biennial Conference “Crime Prevention- Community Fear or Community Safety” was held in Wollongong between 2nd and 6th September 1991 and opened by the Governor of NSW, Rear Admiral Peter Sinclair. Mr Neil Whiskin, Chief Executive of “Crime Concern” gave the Keynote Address “Perspectives of Crime Prevention- The Involvement of Non Government Organisations”.
 30 key resolutions were passed by the Conference.
 At the conclusion of the Conference Mr Clive Begg of Queensland (pictured) was elected as National President with Judge Andrew Wilson of South Australia as Vice President, Mr John King of Queensland as Secretary and Mr Ashley Reid as Treasurer.

Sixteenth National Conference, Brisbane 1993

The Sixteenth National Conference was held in Queensland between September 21 and 24, 1993, under the theme “Chaos or Reason-Community Safety in the Twenty-First Century”.
The Executive then comprised Mr Clive Begg (President) Justice Purvis (Past president) Judge Wilson (Vice President) Mr John King (Secretary) Mr Ashley Reid (Treasurer) and Prof Don Robertson (NSW) Mr Michael Benes (Vic) and Mr Bill Cullen (WA). Guest Speakers at the Conference included Professor Ezzat Fattah (Professor in Criminology at the Simon Fraser University, Canada), Dr Irwin Waller (Vice President of the World Society of Victimology) Mr Kevin Gill (Lead Youth Consultant, Crime Concern, United Kingdom) and many others.
In his address at the Opening of the Conference, Hon Glen Milliner, Queensland Minister for Corrective services, observed that every government in Australia, from the Federal Government to the states and local authorities had to concentrate on crime prevention, observing that Corrective Services were only part of that process, prison was the last resort, and police forces were only marginally ahead in the crime prevention process. He said that he despaired every time someone espoused the theory that if jails were tougher, and penalties were harsher, the crime problem would be overcome. History, he said, taught that this was rubbish, as was the notion that legislation could prevent crime. He said that Governments must realise that short term political mileage would mean long-term suffering.
He said that the Council had a mammoth job to do and that government support to it would range from whole-hearted to spasmodic. The challenge for the Council, he said, was to get community support and to do this it must have media attention and support.
In his paper, Judge Wilson said that the Council should consider changing its role to focus more on the encouragement of research into, evaluation of, and action to implement crime prevention strategies and programs.

Seventeenth National Conference, Adelaide and Burra 1995

Judge Wilson

The Seventeenth National Conference was held at Adelaide and Burra, South Australia, between November 19 and 24, 1995 under the theme “Crime Prevention beyond 2000- You Can Make A Difference”. The National Executive then comprised Judge Wilson (President, pictured right) Mr Bill Cullen (WA- Vice President), Ms Helen Nichols (SA, Secretary), Mr D Bowyer (Treasurer) Mr Clive Begg (Qld) and Prof. Don Robertson (Journal Editor).
 Guests included Mr Jack Calhoun, Executive Director of the National Crime prevention Council, USA, and the themes of the conference included general issues, special interest groups including Security and Crime Prevention by public instrumentalities, Neighbourhood Watch and related Schemes,
Community policing, road safety and car related crimes, youth justice and education, prisons, community corrections and offender rehabilitation services, and the sentencing and treatment of the offender.

Jack Calhoun, Adelaide 1995

Eighteenth National Conference, Fremantle 1997

Mr Bill Cullen

Mr Bill Cullen
The Eighteenth National Conference was held in Fremantle, WA between 8th and 10th October 1997 on the theme “Crime and the Politics of Fear- why we keep doing what doesn’t work and how to break the cycle”.
The National Executive then comprised Mr Bill Cullen (President, WA, pictured right), Mr Michael Benes (Vice President, Victoria), Ms Marjorie Gosling (Secretary, WA), Ms Karen Fuller (Treasurer, WA) Judge Andrew Wilson (Past President, SA), Ms Judy Johnson (NSW), Mr Clive Begg (Qld) Mr Peter Bayman (WA) Ms Helen Nichols (SA) and Mr Ken Newman (NT), with Dr Paul Omaji (WA) and Dr Geoff Asher (Vic) as Journal Editors.
The Conference was opened by the Federal Minister for Justice, Senator Amanda Vanstone, and guest speakers included Professor Lawrence Sherman (Chair of the Department of criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland), Prof. Richard Harding (Director of the Crime Research Centre, University of WA), Hon Trevor Griffin (SA Attorney general) Mr Bob Falconer (Commissioner of Police, WA) Mr Ian Viner QC (Vice Chairperson, Aboriginal Reconciliation Council) and Dr Adam Graycar (Director, Australian Institute of Criminology).
The Conference themes included “Are modern Liberal Democratic Societies doomed to increasingly unacceptable levels of crime?” “Are we too soft on criminals” “How effective is punishment as a deterrent?” “Are Governments organized to promote a crime free society or do they just react to crime” “What role does the media play” and “Is it possible to free up the resources currently allocated to criminal justice for other more productive initiatives”.
The keynote address of Prof. Sherman was a discussion of the evaluation of over $3 billion Annual Funding for Crime prevention programs undertaken in the USA.

Nineteenth National Conference, Melbourne 1999

Prof Michael Benes

The Nineteenth National Conference was held in Melbourne between 17 and 20 October 1999. The Governor of Victoria, Sir James Gobbo, opened the Conference. The President of the Council at this time was Prof Michael Benes (pictured).
Speakers at the conference included Dr Gloria Laycock, Head of Policing and Reducing Crime Unit, home Office UK, Mr Peter Harmsworth, Secretary Dept of Justice Victoria, Dr David Brereton, Director, Criminal Justice Commission, My Yvonne Korn, Director, National Crime Prevention AG Dept Canberra, Mr Neil Comrie, Chief Commissioner, Victoria Police,Professor Don Robertson, Director University of West Sydney, Justice Frank Vincent, Supreme Court of Victoria, Dr Peter Grabowsky, Director of Research AIC, Dr Adam Graycar, Director AIC, Prof Arie Freiberg, Dept of Criminology, University of Melbourne, Mr Ray Carroll, Executive Director, National Motor Vehicle Theft reduction Council, and Dr Adam Sutton, Dept of Criminology, Melbourne University.

Mr Peter Norman

During this conference, Mr Peter Norman of Adelaide was elected as National President (pictured left).
By this time some of the State branches had closed. A tele-link meeting was subsequently held to discuss the future of the Council and the need for reform of its activities.
Subsequent meetings and discussions led to the formation of a new Council, and it became incorporated as a formal Association.
A new National Executive was formed with representatives from all of the States and territories, a new Constitution commissioned, and a Strategic Plan prepared to set goals for the future.
In contrast with the previous position, the new Constitution allowed for membership of State Branches, individuals or organisations. This would facilitate persons or organisations resident in States or Territories where there were no branches, to have direct membership of the National body.

1980 – 1989


The Eleventh National Conference: Canberra, 1981

Judge Roy Grubb

The Eleventh National conference was held in Canberra between 30 August and 4 September 1981.The keynote address “Policing a Democracy” delivered by Mr W Clifford, Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology, was very well received by police forces in Australia as well as receiving commendation by overseas authorities. Sir Colin Woods, Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police, presented an address “Policing the Police”
Judge Roy Grubb of South Australia (pictured) replaced Justice Muirhead as National Chairman with Mr P Johnson of Queensland as Vice President, Mr Frank Hayes as Secretary and Det Sgt P Carter as Treasurer.

Twelfth National Conference: Brisbane, 1983

The Twelfth National Conference was held in Brisbane between 5th and 9th September 1983.
The National President remained Judge RW Grubb of South Australia.
The theme of the conference was “The Alienated Generation” The Keynote address was presented by Sir Edward Williams and the guest speaker was Sir James Killen.


As a result of withdrawal of Commonwealth funding, the paid Secretariat closed in late 1984. For a time, the future of the Council appeared to be in doubt. The proposed biennial conference planned for Melbourne was abandoned. For various reasons both the National President and the Senior Vice President resigned. The Branches however decided to keep the Council alive as a National body and arrangements were made to review the Constitution.

Judge Don Brebner

The National Executive met in Sydney on 12 August 1985 to discuss the Council’s future. It appeared that the ACT Tasmanian and Northern territory branches were in recess.
A subsequent meeting was held in Melbourne on 9 December 1985 and amendments were made to the national constitution. A further Executive meeting was held in Adelaide on 14 March 1985 and it was decide that the next national Conference would be held in Adelaide.
It was resolved that the practice of the Council would be that the Executive of the state branch holding the next National conference would in effect comprise the National Executive.
Judge Don Brebner of South Australia (pictured) was elected as National President, Mr Peter Norman as secretary and Mr John Witham as Treasurer.
The SA Branch committed to hold the next National conference. Notwithstanding that the Council no longer had the assistance of paid staff, its work continued, the Journal continued to be published, and Branches remained in some, but not all, States.

Thirteenth National Conference: Adelaide, 1987

Marjorie North and Peter Norman (1987)
Mr John Van Groningen 

The Thirteenth National conference of the Council, held in Adelaide between 10th and 13th August 1987, and opened by the Governor General, Sir Ninian Stephen, was undertaken in conjunction with conferences of the World Society of Victimology and the International Prisoners Aid Association. The President of the Council during this conference was Chief Judge Brebner from the District Court of South Australia.
A special guest at the combined conference was Dr Irvin Waller, Professor of Criminology at the University of Ottawa and Secretary General of the World Society of Victimology.
Other papers were presented to the Conference by Hon Justice L J King, Chief Justice of South Australia, Mr Ian Temby, Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, Brigadier M H McKenzie Orr, Head of the Protective Services Co-Ordination Centre, Canberra, and Mr David Hunt, Commissioner of Police for SA.
At the conclusion of the Conference Mr John Van Groningen of Victoria (pictured left) was elected as National President with Hon Justice R L Purvis as Vice President, Mr Peter Ling as Secretary and Mr John Witham as Treasurer.
A National Executive Meeting was held in Melbourne on 14 April 1989.

Fourteenth National Conference: Melbourne, 1989

Hon Justice Purvis

The Fourteenth National Conference was held in Melbourne between 3rd and 6th July 1989 on the theme ”Crime-Inevitable or Preventable”
Papers presented included “The Politics of Crime Prevention” by Mr Michael King QC, Senior research Fellow in the Department of Law at Brunel University in London, and “Criminal Court Delays-Inevitable or Preventable” by Professor Peter Sallmann, Executive Director of the AIJA.
It was agreed at the conclusion of this conference that NSW would host the next National Conference.
Hon Justice Purvis of NSW (pictured right) was elected as National President and Mr Clive Begg as National Vice President. Mr Patrick Armstrong was Secretary and Mr John Parnell Treasurer.

1970 – 1979

The 1970s were an exciting time for the Council, which grew and expanded and as criminal justice reforms occurred. Branches were formed in almost all States and in the territories, and most governments provided financial support.
Thanks, largely, to financial grants and the federal government, a full time and paid Secretariat was set up.
 A Journal was published regularly and biennial conferences continued to be held at various places around the country. Sub committees did important work which contributed in a constructive fashion to the debate about many issues including bail, community based corrections, prison visiting, minimum standards for the treatment of prisoners, alternatives to imprisonment, prisoner rehabilitation schemes, and compensation and aid to the victims of crime.

Sixth National Conference Brisbane 1971

The Sixth National conference was held in Brisbane from 14 to 20, August 1971. Opened by the Governor of Queensland, Sir Alan Mansfield, and attended by 111 delegates, the conference was addressed by Dr John Robson, formerly Minister of Justice in New Zealand, and attended by the Attorneys General of Queensland and Tasmania and the Minister for Justice in New South Wales and many delegates. Prof W Buikhuisen, Director of Criminology from the University of Groningen, Netherlands, was also an overseas guest speaker.
At its conclusion the Conference adopted 18 resolutions including a proposal to convene regular sentencing exercises for judges and magistrates covering such topics as sentencing, periodic detention, parole and other para-penal disciplines.
The membership of the Council at this time comprised 36 individuals, 22 organizations, 8 police departments, 7 prisoners’ aid organizations, and 8 Prison, Probation and parole organizations.

The main activity during 1972 and 1973 was the formation of Branches in several regions:
Victoria : 25 October 1971
South Australia : 28 January 1972
New South Wales : 5 February 1972
Northern Territory : 23 November 1972
Western Australia : 19 February 1973

Judge Muirhead, of South Australia, who had been a Vice President of the Council and was the inaugural Chairman of the South Australian branch, was appointed in 1972 as the Acting Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology, which had then been established by the Commonwealth government.
During the 1970s the Council received funding from Federal and State Governments as well as from private subscriptions and donations. A National secretariat was established in Queensland. The Council shortened its name to the Australian Crime Prevention Council. The Council commenced publication of a quarterly journal distributed throughout Australia with an estimated readership of 20,000.

Seventh National Conference: Melbourne, 1973

The Seventh National Conference of the Council was held in Melbourne from 11th to 17th August 1973. The President of the Council was then Mr Justice McClemens of NSW and the Vice Presidents Judge Wilson from SA and Mr David Biles from Victoria. The conference was addressed by the Attorney General of Australia, Senator Lionel Murphy, and opened by the Governor of Victoria, Sir Rohan Delacombe. Contributors included Sir Leon Radzinowicz, Former Director of the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge UK, Justice Mitchell of South Australia, Dr Ivan Scheier of the National Information Centre on Volunteerism, Colorado USA, Prof. Norval Morris of the University of Chicago and Professor D Cressey of the University of California USA.

In his address Senator Murphy spoke of the intention that the Australian Institute of Criminology would become a significant contributor to criminology and to grown in International stature, and recognized the role of the Council and Sir John Barry in lobbying for its establishment.
344 delegates attended the conference and at the conclusion adopted 29 resolutions on a wide variety of topics including the provision of post-release hostels, the expunging of criminal records, and the provision by the AIC of a central referral point for voluntary agencies to exchange data.

Eighth National Conference: Adelaide, 1975

Justice Muirhead

The Eighth national conference was held in Adelaide between 20th and 27th August, 1975 on the topic “Kids and Crime”. Justice Muirhead (pictured) was then President and Mr Frank Hayes and Judge ABC Wilson Vice Presidents. The Committee comprised Mr RC Wood SM (Secretary) Acting Senior Inspector G Sutton (Papua New Guinea), Mr J Stoll (Qld) Inspector G Fryer (NSW) Mr G Dye (Vic) Mr J McKay (Tas) Mr C Campbell (WA) Mr L Gard (SA) Hon Dawn Lawrie MLA (NT) Mr C Bevan (ACT) and Mr J H Purcel (NSW, Executive Director).
The Governor General Sir John Kerr opened the Conference, and guest speakers included Judge H Litsky (Family and Juvenile Courts, Calgary, Canada) and Sir Douglas Osmond (Chief Constable, Hampshire UK). 288 delegates attended and 7 resolutions were adopted specialising in juvenile related crime , including a call for research into the causal relationship between school failure and delinquency.

Ninth National Conference: Sydney, 1977

The Ninth National Conference was held in Sydney between 11th and 17th August 1977 on the topic “Society at Risk-The Crime Generators and the Victims”. The Premier of NSW, Hon Neville Wran QC opened the Conference and the Opening address was given by Dr Gerhard Mueller of the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Branch, United Nations Organisation.
10 specific themes were then discussed. Delegates came from all the states and territories and from PNG. Justice Muirhead remained President and Mr Frank Hayes and Judge Andrew Wilson as Vice Presidents, with Justice Wood of Tasmania as Secretary and Mr K Michalis as Treasurer.

Tenth National Conference: Hobart, 1979

Mr Frank Hayes

The Tenth National Conference of the Council was held in Hobart Tasmania between 13th and 17th August 1979 under the topic “The Community and Crime Prevention”. The Governor General, Sir Zelman Cowan, opened the Conference, which examined long term crime prevention planning with particular emphasis upon community involvement. Special attention was paid to planning and development of urban areas, the possibility of police returning to the role of the neighbourhood friend and counsellor, and the development of educational practice which might assist in the social adjustment of children.
134 delegates attended and it was resolved to set up State Planning bodies to co-ordinate long term strategies for crime prevention, which the Council should initiate, that “Education for Living” programs should be promulgated in schools, that there should be a review of and change in direction of State Housing policies, and that there should be greater emphasis in police work towards a primary preventative role.
Justice Muirhead remained as National President and Mr Frank Hayes (pictured) joined by Mr P Johnson MP of Queensland were Vice Presidents.

1960 – 1969

The conference, organized by the then Prisoners Aid Association of South Australia as the first federal conference on prison after-care, was opened by the Chief Secretary of SA, Sir Lyell McEwin, who expressed support for the concept of co-operation essential between government and voluntary agencies in prison after care.

In the opening session, Mr Justice McClemens of the Supreme Court of NSW said that although a penal system was necessary, after care was an integral part of the criminal justice system, and the better the after care, the less the recidivism. He called for the education of the whole Australian community on this issue.
Subsequent speakers at the conference included Mr S.W. Johnston, head of the Criminology Department at the University of Melbourne, who observed that the power and competency of law courts in dealing with criminals was diminishing and was being replaced by an increased responsibility on prison administration.

Judge Alfred Rainbow Q.C. of the NSW Workers Compensation Court said that many gaols throughout Australia were outdated. He supported the proposition that prisoners should be allowed out of gaol towards the end of their sentences to get accustomed to the outside world, and said that although these suggestions had been “laughed out of court”, the Victorian government had recently amended its Prison Act along these lines. He said that Britain and Ireland had had similar schemes for some years. On May 20, the Conference voted to form what was then known as the Australian Prison After-Care Council. Judge Rainbow was elected President and Professor Norval Morris (Professor of Law, University of Adelaide SA) and Mr R Ince (Prisoners Aid Society,Victoria) as Vice Presidents. Rev H.G Weir (SA) was elected Secretary and Mr Frank Hayes (NSW) as Treasurer. Executive members were Mrs P.N.Frost (Fairlea Women’s Prison,Victoria ) and Messrs J.D. Dwyer (Research Officer, Tasmanian Attorney General’s Office) and C.A.Gannaway (Welfare Officer, Prisons Department, W.A.).
Subsequently the Council, following resolutions of the Conference, made successful representations to the Federal government regarding pensions paid to spouses of prisoners, and assisted in the development of branches and organisations in Darwin and Alice Springs.

Judge Alfred Rainbow

Formation of the ACPC

The Australian Crime Prevention Council was formed in Adelaide in May 1960 during a conference held at the University of Adelaide and attended by members of the judiciary, prison after care workers and representatives of Government, church and voluntary agencies from across Australia.

Second National Conference: Sydney, 1962

Justice McClemens

The council held its Second conference in Sydney NSW between 19th and 23rd February 1962. Attended by 143 delegates, it was opened by the Minister for Justice, Hon N.J. Mannix, and included visits to Wollongong and Bathurst. Several important resolutions were passed at the conclusion. A principal speaker at the conference was Mr Gordon Hawkins, Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Sydney. His address “The World is my Prison” was subsequently published as the first of a series of publications by the Council.
Judge Rainbow, the inaugural President, died in late 1963 and was replaced by Justice McClemens (pictured).

Third National Conference: Hobart, 1965

Mr Ray Whitrod

The Third Conference was held in Hobart, Tasmania, between 25th and 29th January 1965. Opened by the Tasmanian Governor, Sir Charles Gardiner, and attended by 80 members, the conference included 4 overseas guests including Mr V.N. Pillai of the United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the prevention of crime and treatment of offenders, Tokyo; Mr Pao-Ji-Tsai of the Republic of China, and Mr Pandit Bhanichakarn and Mr Dhawee Choosap of the Department of Corrections, Thailand.
At about this time Mr Ray Whitrod was National President (pictured left).
Mr C. Bevan, Queensland Adult Probation and Parole service, was elected as a Vice President and Mrs Marjorie North as assistant secretary. Mrs North continued her involvement with the Council through the to the 1990s.

A highlight of this conference was a special seminar addressed by Sir John Barry of the Supreme Court, Victoria (pictured). He suggested that an Institute be established in Australia to undertake research in the field of crime prevention and provide education and consultative and advisory services to governments and institutions in the formulation of policies and programs in the field of social defence.
It was also proposed that the Council broaden its own scope beyond the sphere of rehabilitation and after care, so as to include the whole correctional process.
The Conference then resolved to recommend to governments to take steps to set up a system of National Crime Statistics without delay, and to the Commonwealth Government to set up an Institute directed towards the correction of crime and the rehabilitation of offenders.
This resolution ultimately resulted in the establishment of the Australian Institute of Criminology.

Fourth National Conference: Canberra, 1967

Sir Max Bingham

The Fourth Conference was held in Canberra between 28th August and 2nd September, 1967.
Following this conference the Council changed its name to the Australian Crime Prevention, Correction, and After Care Council (ACPAAC) and widened its objects. The then Chief Justice of Australia, Sir Garfield Barwick, and the former Chief Justice, Sir Owen Dixon, were appointed as Patrons, and the Executive, with the Hon. E.M.Bingham M.H.A. (later Sir Max Bingham, pictured) of Tasmania, as President, expanded to 18 members.
The Council then comprised 25 associate members, 20 organizations, 8 police forces, 7 Prisoners aid organizations, and 8 Prison or Parole organizations.

Fifth National Conference: Perth, 1969

The Fifth Conference was held in Perth in August 1969 under the theme “Crime is Your Business- a National perspective”. 144 delegates from all the States of Australia, Northern Territory, Papua and New Guinea, and Hong Kong attended. Overseas guests included Professor Drapin of Israel and Professor Drinkwater from the United Kingdom.
The Conference noted the decision of the Commonwealth government to establish a National Institute of Criminology, and resolved to investigate and report upon alternatives to imprisonment, and to seek grant monies from State and commonwealth governments for the work of the Council.
In 1970 a large delegation from the Council attended the Fourth United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of offenders.