Victorian Postgraduate Criminology Conference

22nd June, 2018


What happened in 2018?

Student Papers

The 2018 conference, held at RMIT University, featured student papers from 30 students from Honours, Masters, and PhD students in the fields of criminology, legal studies, and related disciplines.

Keynote Address

In 2018, Louise Taylor gave our conference keynote address. Louise is a Kamilaroi woman, a lawyer, and the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Legal Aid ACT. Louise is a former specialist Family Violence prosecutor, a previous  long time Convenor of the Women’s Legal Centre ACT, a past member of the ACT Domestic Violence Prevention Council and former Chair of the ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Women. Louise is a member of the ACT Law Reform Advisory Council, the Law Council of Australia’s Indigenous Legal Issues Committee and an associate of UNSW’s Indigenous Law Centre.

Professional Development Panel

In 2018, our professional development panel spoke on the topic of Getting a Job in the "Real World", specifically addressing the kinds of (hidden) skills you develop in the academy that can be applicable beyond the ivory tower, and the kinds of skills that you can bring into academic research from the "outside".

The panel included:

  • A/Prof Julie Evans, formerly from the University of Melbourne

  • Ruth Liston from RMIT University

  • Dr James Petty from the Penington Institute

Public Event

To celebrate the end of the conference day, we held a public panel discussion chaired by The Honourable Marcia Neave AO, discussing the nexus between domestic violence, police accountability issues (and duty failures), and the soaring female imprisonment rate in Victoria and nationally. Panellists were:

  • Louise Taylor (a Kamilaroi woman, lawyer, and deputy CEO of Legal Aid ACT)

  • Vickie Roach (a Yuin woman, member of the Stolen Generation, writer, poet, former prisoner, and activist for Aboriginal women caught up in the criminal justice system)

  • Marianne Jago (policy lawyer, Women's Legal Service Victoria)

  • Professor Jude McCulloch (convener, Monash Gender and Family Violence focus program)