Today I presented the 2017 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (AVCPA), which celebrates Australia’s most effective, community-based initiatives.
These annual Awards recognise the outstanding contributions being made across the nation in the development and implementation of projects to reduce crime and violence in the community.
The Coalition Government firmly believes that all Australians have the right to feel safe and secure.
That’s why we have invested an additional $1.5 billion to support Australia’s law enforcement efforts to combat terrorism, and announced an additional $321 million in funding for the AFP in this year’s Budget − the largest single funding increase for the AFP’s domestic policing capabilities in more than a decade.
We have also committed over $100 million in our Safer Streets Programme and Safer Communities Fund to support local organisations to help address crime and anti-social behaviour, boost crime prevention initiatives and protect our schools.
Australians can rest assured that our law enforcement agencies are committed to keeping Australia safe and secure. These awards recognise some of the efforts being made within the local community to achieve this.
This year, the Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards have continued their valuable service to government by identifying 11 practical projects to reduce crime in the community.
Community-led project winners 2017:
- Gold: BackTrack Youth Works (NSW)
- Gold: Prisoner’s Kids: The Invisible Victims of Crime (SA)
- Silver: Take Kare Safe Spaces Ambassador Program (NSW)
- Silver: NSW Health Education Centre Against Violence, Aboriginal Qualification Pathway
- Silver: Braking the cycle (Qld)
- Bronze: Encounter Youth’s Party Safer Education Program (SA)
- Bronze: Neighbourhood Watch Australasia Remote and Vulnerable Communities Project (NT)
Police-led project winners 2017:
- Gold: Queensland Fixated Threat Assessment Centre (Qld)
- Gold: Enhancing Police Responses to Family Violence Project (Vic)
- Silver: The Western Australian Governments’ response to graffiti vandalism (WA)
- Bronze: St George Youth Engagement Program (Qld)
I congratulate today’s award winners, who are all playing a key role in keeping our community engaged and our streets safer.
For further information visit the Australian Institute of Criminology website.