Crime prevention is important for the safety of all Australians. The Australian Government provides funding for a number of grants programs, including the Safer Communities Fund, the Schools Security Program, the Grants to Australian Organisations Program – Crime Stoppers 2015-2019 and the Safer Streets Program.
Crime prevention activities
Safer Communities Fund
The Safer Communities Fund provides funding to address crime and anti-social behaviour through the implementation of crime prevention and security initiatives such as CCTV and lighting.
The Australian Government has allocated up to $70 million between 2016-17 and 2019-20, implemented in three funding rounds. Round one was delivered in 2016-17. Applications under round two closed in November 2017 and the available funding was fully committed. In the 2018-19 Budget, the Australian Government provided $30 million in funding to run a third round. Round three includes two streams:
- an infrastructure stream to deliver local security infrastructure, such as fixed and mobile closed-circuit television (CCTV), lighting and crime prevention through environmental design
- a targeted youth early intervention stream to help at risk marginalised young people aged 12-25 to develop life skills to prevent them becoming entrenched in the criminal justice system and to promote inclusion and build community resilience.
The Safer Communities Fund is being delivered by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science on behalf of the Department of Home Affairs. Further information about round three is available at: business.gov.au/safer-communities-fund and business.gov.au/safer-communities-fund-early-intervention.
Schools Security Program
The School Security Program provides funding to government and non-government schools assessed as being at risk of attack, harassment or violence stemming from racial or religious intolerance through the provision of funding for security installation such as CCTV, lighting, fencing, and the cost of employing security guards.
Under round one of the Program, the Australian Government provided $18 million from 2015-16 to 2017-18 for at-risk schools. 51 schools were awarded funding with projects being delivered by 30 June 2018.
Round two of the Program will provide an additional $18 million between 2017-18 and 2019-20. Delivery of this round is currently being negotiated with states and territories. Further information will be available once negotiations have concluded.
Grants to Australian Organisations Program – Crime Stoppers 2015-2019
Grants to Australian Organisations Program – Crime Stoppers 2015-2019 is a grants program to assist Crime Stoppers Australia Limited to coordinate national crime prevention and detection campaigns and educate the Australian community on avenues to report crime.
Funding to Crime Stoppers under the grants to Australian Organisations Program was awarded through a closed, non-competitive process. The program provides up to $2.985 million over four years from 2015-16 to 2018-19.
Safer Streets Program
The Safer Streets Program ended on 30 June 2018.
The Safer Streets Program implemented the Australian Government's $50 million commitment to deliver effective solutions to local areas experiencing problems with criminal or anti-social behaviour through a grants program focused on improving community safety through crime prevention. The program delivered local initiatives in areas identified as having a crime or anti-social behaviour problem, to prevent, deter and detect crime.
In May 2014, the Minister for Justice opened round one of funding. The program provided up to $19 million for projects to deliver effective solutions to local crime hot spots and anti-social behaviour focused on retail, entertainment and commercial precincts. A total of 81 projects were awarded funding.
In December 2015, the Minister for Justice opened the second round of funding. The program provided up to $29.4 million under two streams. Stream one was for security-related infrastructure or to remove environmental characteristics that facilitated street crime in local retail, entertainment and commercial precincts or public parks. Stream two was for Police and Citizen Youth Clubs and Bluelight organisations for crime prevention or activity-based youth engagement programs for at-risk youths. A total of 53 projects were awarded funding under round two.
Funding was separately available for Neighbourhood Watch Australasia to support community-based crime prevention initiatives; and for Youth Off The Streets, a non-denominational organisation working with young people aged 12-25 facing challenges including homelessness, drug dependency, mental illness and isolation which can lead to disengagement and criminal offending.
Proceeds of Crime Act
The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (the Act) establishes a scheme to confiscate proceeds of crime and provides the means for returning the benefits of those confiscated funds to the community. Under section 298 of the Act, confiscated proceeds of crime can be re-invested in programs for relevant purposes, including crime prevention and law enforcement.
The Department of Home Affairs is responsible for the policy development of programs and projects funded under section 298 of the Act.
As a result of a machinery of government change on 20 December 2017, grants relating to crime prevention transferred from the Attorney-General's Department to the Department of Home Affairs. For a list of projects funded prior to 20 December 2018, refer to the Attorney-General's Department Grants Register https://www.ag.gov.au/About/Grants/Pages/default.aspx. Grants funded after 20 December 2018 are published at: www.grants.gov.au.