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The 2022 BOCSAR Winter Seminar Series


The New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) invites you to join us over the winter months at this virtual seminar series to showcase recent research findings. This is a free online event with a different focus area each month.  

The three sessions are:

Session Two - Thursday 21 July, 3:00-4:00pm (AEDT)

Drink & Drug Driving: the effectiveness of strategies to reduce the impact of high-volume traffic offences


The NSW Police Force record over 25,000 drink or drug driving offences each year, substantially contributing to the volume of matters dealt with by the NSW Criminal Justice System. In 2018, Drink and Drug Driving reforms were introduced in NSW to reduce the occurrence of these offences and associated road trauma. The reforms included several changes to NSW’s penalty framework for drink and drug driving offences including a) the introduction of penalty notices for lower range drink and drug driving first offenders; b) the extension of the NSW Mandatory Alcohol Interlock Program (MAIP) to mid-range drink driving first offenders; and c) the option to impose vehicle sanctions for particular high-risk drink driving offences.

This seminar will highlight evidence from the monitoring of these reforms, and recent evaluations of the effectiveness of the NSW Mandatory Alcohol Interlock Program (MAIP), with presentations from:
  • Sara Rahman, Research Manager, BOCSAR
  • Kirsten Sterling, Senior Policy Analyst, Transport for NSW
  • Joanne Baker, Senior Research and Policy Analyst, Transport for NSW


Session Three - August 2022

The interaction of people with disability and the justice system: First results from a major new linkage study involving the National Disability Data Asset Pilot


Session One - 22 June 2022

How the NSW Youth Koori Court improves outcomes for Aboriginal young people: A discussion by stakeholders and evaluators

Presentation will be available soon.

  • Magistrate Sue Duncombe

  • Uncle David Williams, Youth Koori Court Elder

  • Aunty Pat Fields, Youth Koori Court Elder

  • Kylie Merritt, Casework Co-ordinator, Youth Koori Court, Department of Communities and Justice

  • Lauren Ella-Duncan, Youth Koori Court Intake Officer/Aboriginal Youth Justice Caseworker, Parramatta Youth Justice

  • Dr Evarn Ooi, formerly of BOCSAR and now Manager Evaluation, NSW Better Outcomes Lab



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