Call for Papers

The organising committee invites submissions from organisations and individuals that are related to the theme Smarter Justice – Safer Communities. 

This year’s theme will explore the role a “smart” justice system can play in building the capacity of people to lead crime free lives outside of the prison system. Current “tough on crime” policies have led to higher prisoner numbers, fewer opportunities for meaningful engagement and a revolving prison gate for many disadvantaged people.

The current system is not working and the community feels more unsafe than ever.

The conference will explore what a “Smart” justice system looks like. Invoking a whole of community approach, how can people leaving prison be best supported to increase their opportunities to lead productive lives? How can young people at risk of justice system involvement be supported early to prevent the pathway to adult prison so many experience?

The insights of service users will also be sought to understand how supportive programs and services that are holistic and tailored to individual needs can change lives.

Sessions will include paper presentations (15 or 30 minutes), panels and workshops.

We are particularly interested in the following themes:

– Throughcare programs and individualised support

– Safer Communities

– Lived Experience

– Peer mentoring and the role peers can play in changing systems

– Supporting families and communities

– Service coordination and linkages

– Diversion programs

– Holistic service provision

– Innovative practice and Demonstration Projects


Submitted abstracts should be no longer than 250 words.

Key Dates

The closing date for the submission of abstracts is Friday March 2nd 2018

Notification of papers accepted will take place by Friday 23rd March 2018


Oral presentations will be 15 or 30 minutes duration including 5 minutes question time.

Poster presentations are welcome at the conference. The poster should be a visual presentation of your submitted abstract.

Submit Your Paper