Nominations are now open for the 2021 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards. These awards recognise and reward good practice in the prevention or reduction of violence and other types of crime in Australia.

Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) Deputy Director, Dr Rick Brown, said the awards are open to projects of all sizes, including smaller initiatives involving local community groups, that have been fully operational before 1 February 2020.

“These awards play a vital role in highlighting effective community-based initiatives to prevent crime and violence, before it actually occurs,” Dr Brown said.

“I strongly encourage businesses, community networks, and members of the public to nominate local projects that have made an impact on their community by preventing or reducing crime and violence.”

These awards encourage public initiatives, and assist governments in identifying and developing practical projects which will reduce violence and other types of crime in the community.

“In 2019, 13 programs were recognised as winners for their outstanding contributions to crime and violence prevention in the Australian community,” Dr Brown said.

“Winners included a program that supports women integrating back into communities on release from prison, a youth-led violence prevention program, an integrated criminal justice response to family violence and programs aimed at responding to a variety of complex issues in night-time entertainment districts.”

The awards are a joint initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments, coordinated by the AIC.

Nominations close 11 June 2021. To apply for this year’s awards visit