Criminal Justice Research Grant Fund

Supporting quality research into the Western Australian criminal justice system.

The Western Australian Office of Crime Statistics and Research (WACSAR) is responsible for administering an annual research grants program that funds research that makes a practical contribution to improving the effectiveness of the criminal justice system in Western Australia.  

Applications are encouraged that focus on one or more of the following research themes: 

  • Understanding justice cohorts.
  • What works in crime reduction and offender rehabilitation.
  • Systemic reform and innovation.
  • Reducing Aboriginal overrepresentation in the criminal justice system.
  • Victims of crime.

Particularly high-quality applications that fall outside these areas will still be considered.

Successful applications will be selected by the Executive Committee of the WACSAR Advisory Board, consisting of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia, Commissioner for Police, Deputy Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology and chaired by the Director General of the Department of Justice.

Successful Applicants

The Western Australian Office of Crime Statistics and Research (WACSAR) Criminal Justice Research Grant funds research that makes a practical contribution to improving the effectiveness of the criminal justice system in Western Australia.

WACSAR launched the first round of the $300,000 annual Criminal Justice Research Grant Fund in November 2021.

Two tiers of funding were available in round one:

  • Top-Up Grants: Available to prospective and enrolled honours and higher degree by research students in Western Australia.
  • Collaborative Research Grants: Available to WA universities and research institutions working together, or with, not-for-profits and/or government agencies.

Applications for round one closed on 31 January 2022 and were considered by the WACSAR Advisory Board in March.

The Advisory Board selected seven research applications which will be funded to a total of $300,212.

Organisation Researches Grant type Project title Grant amount
Edith Cowan University Mr James Finney Top Up Dropouts and Refusers: Why young sex offenders do not engage with treatment. $4,599
Edith Cowan University Dr Suz Rock Collaborative Kids, Courts and Canines: An evaluation of the justice facility dog pilot program in Perth’s Children’s Court. $10,445
Curtin University Professor Michael Dockery Collaborative Evaluating literacy and numeracy progressions in custody and desistance from crime. $89,375
The University of Western Australia
Edith Cowan University
Associate Professor Joe Clare
Dr Natalie Gately
Collaborative What offenders do with “the stuff they steal”: Comparing offender explanations of stolen goods disposal from 2005 to 2022. $ 29,438
The University of Western Australia
Edith Cowan University
Associate Professor Hilde Tubex
Dr Natalie Gately
Collaborative Women in Prison Survey $31,065
Notre Dame University Ms Gillian Kennedy Collaborative Evaluating models of Aboriginal cultural training and education in the WA Justice sector. $ 42,448
The University of Western Australia Professor Pat Dudgeon
Dr EE Pin Chang
Dr Jemma Collova
Collaborative Reducing Over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in the Justice System Through Enhancing Social and Emotional Wellbeing $ 92,842

All applications were assessed against the following criteria:

  1. Public policy relevance.
  2. Practical application and contribution to improved outcomes for Western Australians in contact with the criminal justice system.
  3. Impact on Aboriginal Western Australians.
  4. The likelihood of the proposed research making a substantial and novel contribution to criminological knowledge and practice.
  5. The cost effectiveness and feasibility of the research.
  6. Soundness of the design and methodology.
  7. The competence and availability of the applicant(s), principal investigator(s) or supervisor(s) to undertake or oversee the proposed research.
  8. Ethics committee approval.
  9. Availability of data.
  10. Level of additional or in-kind contributions from partner agencies or organisations.
  11. Extent to which the application supports collaborative research, where relevant.

The 2022 grant round will commence later in the year.

For further information on the WACSAR Criminal Justice Research Grant Fund email: WACSARResearchGrants@justice.wa.gov.au.

Contact

Email: WACSARResearchGrants@justice.wa.gov.au.

Page reviewed 11 July 2022