Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Australian of the Year


2009 QLD Australian of the Year Nominee

Professor Ross Homel AO

Town: Indooroopilly
State: Queensland

Criminology expert

Professor Ross Homel’s contribution to the field of criminology – in particular through research into the causes of crime, early intervention and prevention methods – has been outstanding. Since his appointment as Foundation Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University in 1992, he has played a key role in establishing the world’s first Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security, and raising Queensland’s international standing as one of the world’s academic hotspots for excellence in criminology research.

Professor Homel’s research interests lie in theoretical analysis of crime and associated societal problems, and in the development, implementation and evaluation of prevention interventions. Seven years ago he developed the Pathways to Prevention project, a successful comprehensive early intervention project for disadvantaged families. His early research was instrumental in the introduction of Random Breath Testing, and he is currently providing the Federal Government with expertise in relation to social inclusion issues, violence and youth drinking problems. Professor Homel combines the rare qualities of a truly gifted scholar with a passion and tenacity to ensure that his work improves the community’s quality of life. His quest to explain crime and apply his knowledge to develop direct interventions for community problems distinguishes his work.

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