The Society

Statement of purpose

The purposes for which The Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Inc. is established are:

  • to promote study, understanding, and co-operation in the field of Criminology;
  • to bring together persons actively engaged, or who have been actively engaged, in teaching and/or practices in the field of Criminology;
  • to foster training and research in Criminology in institutions of learning, and in law enforcement, judicial, and correctional agencies;
  • to encourage communication within the field of Criminology through publications and conferences;
  • to promote and foster understanding of Criminology by parliaments, governments, and the public.

The Committee of Management

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.


        Dr Tara McGee
        Associate Professor
        School of Criminology and Criminal Justice 
        Griffith Criminology Institute
        Griffith University 
        Queensland 4122 Australia
Dr Tara Renee McGee, President


Dr Larissa (Lara) Christensen
Lecturer in Criminology, School of Law
University of the Sunshine Coast
Room JG.03E
Queensland 4556 Australia

Email: lchriste@usc.edu.au

Dr Larissa (Lara) Christensen, Treasurer

Officers and Committees

The Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Inc. is comprised of Officers and a Committee of Management which include representatives from New Zealand and all the states and territories of Australia.

The Officers and the Committee of Management are elected at the Society AGM, held to coincide with the annual conference. The Officers and the Committee of Management meet at the Annual conference and at other times throughout the year as needs be.

Nominations for committee membership

Members are encouraged to email the secretary by August 31 of each year their nomination for election for any vacant positions. The nomination form is found on the ANZSOC website. Upon receipt of the nomination, the incumbent will be informed by the secretary 4 weeks ahead of the AGM of any other nominations. Nomination must include a biography of 100 words for circulation to the membership 3 weeks ahead of the AGM. There will then be an election at the AGM. Nominations may also be made from the floor at the AGM and if so, that person will be entitled to speak to their nomination briefly.
The following positions will be declared vacant at 2019 AGM at the ANZSOC annual conference in Perth:

  •   New Zealand Vice President
  •   New Zealand Representative
  •   Western Australia
  •   Northern Territory
  •   Victoria
  •   Tasmania
  •   Postgraduate Early Career Researcher Representative

Download the Nomination form here.

Office Bearers

Dr Tara McGee (Griffith University)

Australian Vice-President
Dr Rebecca Wickes (Monash University)

New Zealand Vice-President
Dr James Oleson (The University of Auckland)

Ms Katalina Foliaki (Australian Institute of Criminology)

Dr Larissa (Lara) Christensen (University of the Sunshine Coast)

Committee Members

New South Wales
Dr Emma Colvin (Charles Sturt University)

Northern Territory
Mrs Karen Heenan (Swinburne University)

Dr Cassandra Cross (Queensland University of Technology)

South Australia
Dr Ben Livings (University of South Australia)

Dr Jeremy Prichard (University of Tasmania)

Dr Asher Flynn (Monash University)

Western Australia
Dr Jade Lindley (University of Western Australia)

Australia Capital Territory
Dr Jason Payne (Australian National University)

New Zealand
Dr Trevor Bradley (Victoria University of Wellington)
Dr Nicholas Gilmour (AML360)

Postgraduate Early Career Researcher Representative
Ms Madeleine Ulbrick (Monash University)

Newsletter Editor
Dr Mary Iliadis (Deakin University)

Journal Editor
Professors Mark Halsey and Andrew Goldsmith (Flinders University)

2019 conference convenor
Dr Jade Lindley (University of Western Australia)

Thematic Groups

As part of ANZSOC’s commitment to supporting its members, we are inviting the submission of proposals for the establishment of ANZSOC Thematic Groups. These groups will allow members to come together around particular themes which can be either topic based, focused on a current issue, or sub-disciplinary based. Thematic groups will also assist with the cohesiveness of themes and panels for the annual conferences and groups are encouraged to organise and submit panels of papers to the annual conference.

Establishing a group
Formal proposals can be submitted to the Committee of Management via secretary@anzsoc.org.

Proposals for thematic groups should include the following information:

  • Thematic group title;
  • Brief description of aims and objectives (suitable for the website and other publicity);
  • Names of a Convener and any Co-Conveners;
  • Names of a minimum of 15 current ANZSOC members (including Conveners), who endorse the proposed TG and propose to belong to it. The Committee of Management may consider fewer members for new and emerging areas.

Rules for membership:

  • Membership of Thematic Groups is confined to current financial ANZSOC members;
  • Membership of Thematic Groups must be maintained at a minimum of 15 current ANZSOC members per year. The Committee of Management may consider fewer members for new and emerging areas.
  • New and existing ANZSOC members who wish to join thematic groups should contact the Convener/s of the Group.
  • Note: the meeting time at the annual ANZSOC conference will be the same for all thematic groups so it will make it difficult for members to actively participate in multiple groups.

Web presence on ANZSOC website
Thematic Groups will be allocated a page on the ANZSOC website, which contains:

  • thematic group aims and objectives;
  • Convener/s contact details;
  • a list of current members.

Thematic Groups pages could also contain:

  • information about upcoming events;
  • photos from previous events;
  • calls for paper submissions;
  • links.

Groups can apply for up to $2,000 for activities that support their thematic area. The money could be used to fund costs such as (but not limited to):

  • Speaker travel and accommodation
  • Fees for venue hire
  • Costs for digital activities

Funding approval is dependent upon the merit of the application, the number of applications received, and ANZSOC’s financial position at the time the application is submitted. Applications can be submitted at any time and will be considered at the next Committee of Management meeting. All applications require consideration by and approval of the Committee of Management.

Ensuring continued vibrancy
Annually, by 31 October each year, the Convener/s of each thematic group must submit a progress report of approximately two pages to the ANZOSC committee of management. This report should include a brief summary of the activities of the group, the outcomes of any ANZSOC funded activities, and a statement regarding whether the group plans to continue.

Rules for governance of Thematic Groups are needed to strike a balance between autonomy and democracy, as follows:

  • No person can remain Convener for longer than three consecutive years
  • If a Convener needs to step down from the role during their 3 year term, all Thematic Group members need to be consulted and a volunteer/s replacement needs to be sought.
  • The position of Convener will automatically fall vacant at the time of review
  • Conveners are to be determined by the membership of Thematic Groups, either through meetings at the ANZSOC Annual Conference or through email communication with all  Thematic Group members


  • To maintain a presence on ANZSOC website.

Some groups may also want to establish their own websites or create a social media presence. Where this is the case, Thematic Groups should place the following statement on their group pages and accounts: ‘The information provided on this site does not imply any official endorsement by the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology or the opinions, ideas or information contained therein, nor guarantee the validity, completeness or utility of the information provided. Reference herein to any products, services, processes, hypertext links to third parties or other information does not necessarily constitute or imply endorsement, sponsorship or recommendation.’

  • The support of ANZSOC should be acknowledged on materials relating to all activities where funds are disbursed; and
  • Groups who receive funding from ANZSOC for activities must provide a brief report of the activity that was funded and account for monies received. This report is to be sent to the ANZSOC secretary within one month of the activity.

TGs could be disestablished by the Committee of Management in the following circumstances:

  • Where the membership falls below 15 persons at 30 June of any year and is not raised to 15 persons by 30 June of the following year. (Except in those circumstances where a case for lower membership has been made and approved.)
  • Where there are serious concerns about the conduct of the Thematic Group.
  • Where the current Convener has served a three-year term and no other person is willing to take on that role.
  • Where the current Convener needs to step down and no other person is willing to take on that role.

Thematic Groups are subject to review by the Committee of Management every three years. Renewal is not automatic. It is contingent upon adherence to the terms of reference (including membership), as specified in this document and an application to the Committee of Management for renewal.

Role of thematic group conveners
The role of thematic group conveners is to facilitate communications within the group and between the group and the ANZSOC Committee of Management.

Conveners could facilitate group communications by:

  • using a group email list to keep members informed of activities, events, conferences, workshops, publications and calls for papers;
  • organising group meetings or dinners at the ANZSOC conference;
  • contributing to an issue of Pacificrim;
  • developing a group website and or/blog;
  • applying for group funding to run workshops, seminars and mini conferences of relevance to the group;
  • providing Pacificrim editor with a report/feedback about the ANZSOC funded activities of the thematic group.