Industry and community engagement in Justice and Legal Studies.
The Criminal Justice Industry
Crime management is a growth area and RMIT University sits at the cutting edge of preparing people for employment in this field. The Australian Federal Government has identified crime and terrorism as a National Research Priority. The Australian Institute of Criminology estimates that crime costs Australia at least $19 billion per annum. Other costs such as policing, prisons and the security industry add a further $13 billion. One consequence of this heavy toll - on governments, victims and society at large - is that governments will continue to invest enormous resources into developing critical infrastructures to respond effectively to managing crime.
Integral to the success of RMIT justice programs are their close links with criminal justice agencies in program design, development and delivery. All the areas of study have been developed after extensive and ongoing consultation with police, courts, corrections and the wider justice community to ensure they are vocationally relevant and up to date with latest issues.
Students are given a broad foundation of skills and knowledge for actively participating within three major sub-systems:
- Law Enforcement - responsible for enforcing the law;
- Courts - safeguarding the judicial process; and
- Corrections - providing treatment and rehabilitation
Community Access Initiative
The Community Access Initiative for Criminal Justice Administration is a first at RMIT and allows any part/s of the Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice Administration) Degree to be undertaken as single or multiple courses up to a maximum of 16 courses.
This means that students may complete up to the equivalent of two years of the three year Degree program. Entry for this mode is made by direct application and is not subject to VTAC ENTER scores.
Training Community Protection Unit Officers at the City of Casey
Training local government law enforcement officers is a challenge, as a lot of their time is spent out on location in their geographical area of responsibility. These areas can be quite extensive, which is the case for officers in the Community Protection Unit at the City of Casey. It is critical that officers receive sound training to discharge their duties efficiently and effectively, so as to provide a proactive, multi-faceted community protection service that helps the community enjoy a secure and harmonious lifestyle in diverse surroundings.
To provide this service, officers need to know current legislation, as well as critical knowledge and skills in areas such as mediation, conflict management and dispute resolution, identification and control of hazards and risks, investigation, effective communication, management, and social research and analysis.
RMIT brings a “multi-blended learning approach“ to meeting the training needs of the officers of the Community Protection Unit. The Certificate IV in Justice aims to provide graduates with appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes in leadership, management, planning, co-ordination, research and application, as well as analysis and presentation.
The following list provides links to relevant organisations and agencies, which are associated with the Criminal Justice System:
- Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency (ANZPAA)
- Australian Crime Commission
- Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
- Australian Federal Police
- Attorney-General's Department: Crime Prevention Initiatives
- Australian Institute of Criminology
- Australian ComLaw Online
- Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO)
- Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre
- Children's Court of Victoria
- Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions
- Coroners Court of Victoria
- Corrections, Prisons & Parole
- County Court
- Community Crime Prevention Unit (CCPU)
- Crime Stoppers Victoria
- Criminology Research Advisory Council
- Department of Health and Aging: National Drugs Campaign
- Department of Justice and Regulation
- Family Violence - One in Three Campaign
- Magistrates' Court
- National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council
- Neighbourhood Watch
- Protected Disclosure Act 2012
- Supreme Court of Victoria
- Victoria Legal Aid
- Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT)
- Victorian Police Force
- Youth Affairs Council of Victoria
The Superintendent of Local Laws at Casey, David Baker, is very supportive of the training of his officers and has authorised eight of his officers to undertake the program, which is being delivered under a traineeship scheme. The successful completion of this program will provide educational and training pathways for the officers to undertake further training in the Advanced Diploma (Justice) or the Bachelor of Criminal Justice programs.