Research Agenda 2019-21


The Crime Statistics Agency (CSA) conducts research and evaluation to support evidence based crime and justice policy and practice in Victoria. The Research Agenda sets out priority areas for the CSA’s research program over the next three years.

The new Research Agenda outlines a series of overarching research themes including:

  1. Understanding offenders and victims
  2. Pathways to and through the justice system
  3. Crime prevention and intervention
  4. Impacts of system reform.







Priority topics for CSA research projects going forward have also been identified, including:

  • Women and girls – focussing on drivers of increases in the number of women and girls coming into contact with the justice system.
  • Legislation change – focussing on the impacts of major legislative changes such as amendments to the Bail Act (1977).
  • Family violence – focussing on further understanding specific cohorts of perpetrators and victims.
  • Sexual offences – focussing on drivers of increases in the number of sexual offences recorded by police.
  • Youth crime – focussing on young people’s pathways through the justice system, and the impacts of youth justice reforms.


The full research agenda can be downloaded below. For more information about our research or to discuss collaboration with the CSA, please contact us.



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