ANZSOC presidents | Reports

The initial constitution of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Inc. was confirmed by the Executive of the Society on December 5, 1967 pursuant to a resolution of the inaugural general meeting of the Society. This inaugural meeting had been held on October 24, 1967 at the University of Melbourne and was attended by 47 people.

ANZSOC presidents

2012-2016: Professor Rick Sarre

Professor Rick Sarre is Professor of Law and Criminal Justice in the School of Law, University of South Australia. He has degrees from Adelaide University (Law), the University of Toronto (MA Criminology) and the University of Canberra (Doctor of Legal Science). He has been teaching at tertiary institutions for 31 years in addition to four years of legal practice.

Formerly the President of the South Australian Institute of Justice Studies, he has been an Associate of the Australian Institute of Criminology since 1998. He also served three years on the Victim Support Service (SA) board, and six years on the Offenders Aid and Rehabilitation Services of SA board. In 1992 he volunteered as an advocate with the Jesuit Refugee Service and Australian Lawyers for Refugees in Hong Kong and Port Hedland, WA.

He has held many leadership roles within the university including being a Head of School (six years) and a Dean of Teaching. He has completed four years as the Chair of the Academic Board of the University, and remains a member of University Council.

He has published over 140 scholarly articles on legal and justice-related topics. His most recent book (with Tim Prenzler) focuses on the law that applies to the private security industry.

His teaching duties have included various aspects of commercial law, criminology, sports law and media law. Rick received an Australian Learning and Teaching Council citation as a nationally recognized tertiary teacher in 2008.

In 2010 and again in 2013 he stood unsuccessfully for federal parliament for the Labor Party in the seat of Sturt. He and his wife Debra and their two children live in Beulah Park, Adelaide. They travelled with him for overseas teaching stints in the USA (Graceland University 1997) and Sweden (Umeå University 2004).




2009-2012: Dr Russell Smith

LL.B., B. A. (Hons), Dip.Crim., LL.M. (Melbourne), Ph.D (London)
Principal Criminologist, Australian Institute of Criminology

Russell G Smith has a Doctor of Philosophy from the Faculty of Laws, King's College, University of London, a Master of Laws, Diploma in Criminology, Bachelor of Arts (Degree with Honours in Psychology), and a Bachelor of Laws all from the University of Melbourne. He practised as a solicitor in Melbourne in the 1980s and is admitted to practise in Victoria, the Federal Courts of Australia and is a non-practising Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.

He is currently Principal Criminologist and Manager of the Global, Economic and Electronic Crime Program at the Australian Institute of Criminology, having joined the AIC in January 1996 from the University of Melbourne where he was a Lecturer in Criminology. He has had extensive experience in criminal justice research including the publication of 8 authored, co-authored or edited books, 28 reports / monographs and over 120 other publications. He has also given over 270 conference or seminar presentations locally and internationally.

Russell's main research interests relate to financial crime including identity crime and money laundering, technology-enabled crime, professional regulation and history. His principal books are the Handbook of Global Research and Practice in Corruption (Edward Elgar 2011, jointly edited); Cyber Criminals on Trial (Cambridge University Press 2004, jointly authored); Crime in the Professions (Ashgate Publishing 2002, edited); Electronic Theft (Cambridge University Press 2001, jointly authored); In Pursuit of Nursing Excellence (Oxford University Press 1999); Health Care, Crime and Regulatory Control (Hawkins Press 1998, edited); Crime in the Digital Age (Federation Press / Transaction Publishers, 1998, jointly authored) and Medical Discipline (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1994).

In addition to his work for the AIC, Russell chaired the Victoria Police Human Research Ethics Committee (2005-2012), is a Member of the Fraud Advisory Panel in the UK, and is involved in a number of academic editorial boards and committees. He is Honorary State Correspondent of the Selden Society in England and was previously a non-medical practitioner member of the Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria. Between 2002 and 2008 he was Academic Adviser to the Criminology Research Council. He has received numerous awards including the John Barry Medal in Criminology from the University of Melbourne in 1982.

He joined ANZSOC in September 1981 and became Public Officer in 2001, Secretary in 2003, First Vice-President in 2005, and President in 2009.



2005- 2009 : Professor Kathleen Daly 

BA (Anth), M.Ed, PhD (Soc) (University of Massachusetts)

Kathleen Daly is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University.

She received her PhD in sociology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (1983), was Visiting Assistant Professor at the State University of New York at Albany (1982-83), Assistant Professor (1983-88) and Associate Professor (1988-92) at Yale University, and Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (1992-95). She came to Australia as a Senior Fulbright Scholar in 1995 at the Australian National University before taking up her current position at Griffith University in 1996.

Professor Daly has authored or co-authored two books, four edited collections, five major reports, and over 60 articles in journals, edited collections, and law reviews. She received the Michael J. Hindelang award in 1995 from the American Society of Criminology for her book, Gender, Crime and, Punishment (Yale University Press 1994) and the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Division of Women and Crime, American Society of Criminology (1994). She published an edited collection (with Lisa Maher), Criminology at the Crossroads: Feminist Readings in Crime and Justice (1998) and is editor of Crime and Justice: A Guide to Criminology (2006) (with Andrew Goldsmith and Mark Israel).

She has received three Australian Research Council (ARC) grants: restorative justice for young offenders in South Australia (1998-99), race and gender politics of new justice practices (2001-03), and contested politics of the new justice (2004-06). These have supported a program of research on restorative justice and Indigenous justice, comparing developments in Australia with New Zealand and Canada. In 2008, Professor Daly is launching an international project on innovative responses to sexual violence, also funded by the ARC (2008-2011). She was elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in 2007.

2003-2005 : Dr Don Weatherburn

Don Weatherburn has been Director of the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research in Sydney since 1988. Before that he was foundation research director at the NSW Judicial Commission.

He has published on a wide range of topics, including public perceptions of crime, child neglect, unemployment and crime, drug law enforcement policy and crime prevention. He has written two books: Delinquent-prone Communities (published with Bronwyn Lind by Cambridge University Press) and Law and Order in Australia: Rhetoric and Reality (published by Federation Press in 2005).

1998-2003 : Professor Peter Grabosky

BA (Colby), MA, PhD (Northwestern)

Peter Grabosky is a Professor in the Regulatory Institutions Network (REGNET) of the Research School of Social Sciences, at the Australian National University. He was previously Deputy Director and Director of Research of the Australian Institute of Criminology, where he worked from 1983 to 2001. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Northwestern University, and has written extensively on criminal justice and public policy.

He has published a number of books and articles including (with John Braithwaite) Of Manners Gentle: Enforcement Strategies of Australian Business Regulatory Agencies (1986); (with Russell Smith) Crime in the Digital Age: Controlling Telecommunications and Cyberspace Illegalities (1998); and (with Russell Smith and Gillian Dempsey) Electronic Theft: Crimes of Acquisition in the Digital Age (2001), Cyber Criminals on Trial (with Russell G. Smith and Gregor Urbas) (2004).

Previous appointments include Russell Sage Fellow in Law and Social Science at Yale Law School (1976-78); Foundation Director of the South Australian Office of Crime Statistics (1978-82); and Director of Research for the (Australian) National Committee on Violence (1988-90). He has held a number of visiting appointments, including The Institute of Comparative Law in Japan, Chuo University (1993); the Australian National University (1993-4); the United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFEI) (1995; 1998) and the Chinese People's Public Security University (1996). He was rapporteur for the Workshop on Crimes Related to the Computer Network at the Tenth United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders, Vienna, 2000.

In July of 1998 he was elected President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Inc.. In 1999 he was elected to the Board of Directors, and Deputy Secretary General, of the International Society of Criminology.

1995-1998 : Professor Arie Freiberg

LL.B. (Hons), Dip.Crim. (Melb.), LL.M. (Mon), LL.D. (Melb)
Head of the Department of Criminology, University of Melbourne

Arie Freiberg was appointed to the Foundation Chair of Criminology at the University of Melbourne in January 1991, Head of the Department of Criminology in January 1992, Associate Dean (Resources) of the Faculty of Arts in 1996 and Deputy Dean in 1999. He is currently Dean of the Law School at Monash University. He graduated from the University of Melbourne with an honours degree in Law and a Diploma in Criminology in 1972 and a Master of Laws degree from Monash University in 1984. He was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws by the University of Melbourne in 2001.

Prior to taking up his appointment at Monash Melbourne he was a Reader in Law at Monash University. He has also held positions with the Australian Institute of Criminology and the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions. Between 1996 and 1998 he was President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Inc. His particular areas of expertise are criminal sentencing and confiscation of the proceeds of crime and he has authored major works in both fields. He has served as a consultant to the Victorian, South Australian Western Australian and federal government on sentencing matters. In 2000 he also served as a consultant to the South African Law Commission in its reference on sentencing. He has published over seventy monographs and articles in areas such as sentencing, confiscation of proceeds of crime, tax compliance, corporate crime, juries, juvenile justice, sanctions, victimology, superannuation fraud, trust in criminal justice commercial confidentiality in corrections, dangerous offenders, the role of emotion in criminal justice and drug courts.

1994-1995 : Ms Joy Wundersitz

MA (Adel), Dip Ed (Adel)
Director, Office of Crime Statistics, South Australia

Joy Wundersitz is the Director of the Office of Crime Statistics. She has an extensive background as a researcher in the criminological field, having worked for many years as a Research Fellow in the Geography Department at the University of Adelaide. She has also held the positions of Senior Researcher in Juvenile Justice within the Department of Family and Community Services, and researcher to the 1993 South Australian Select Committee on Juvenile Justice. Her main area of work has been in the juvenile justice sphere, with particular focus on the differential treatment of Aboriginal young people within the criminal justice system.

She has co-authored and co-edited a number of books on juvenile justice. She has also published in national and international journals and has contributed chapters on juvenile justice to criminological text books.

Joy is on the Board of Management of the Australian Institute of Criminology, is a member of the Criminology Research Council and participates in a number of national committees involved in the monitoring and evaluation of crime and criminal justice, including the National Criminal Courts Statistics Advisory Committee and the National Crime Statistics Advisory Committee.