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The contemporary role of private investigators in Australia
Criminal Justice Matters (2012)
  • Michael King, Charles Sturt University
The private investigation industry in the United Kingdom has been challenged by dubious work practices arising from the activities of a number of private investigators undertaking work for The News of the World. The allegations of private investigators acting as a conduit for improper behaviour are not new; in Australia this assessment was borne out in the 1992 New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) inquiry which found that investigators acted as the go-betweens in a ‘massive illicit trade’ in confidential information (Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), 1992). The last study on private investigator's in Australia was undertaken by Prenzler (2001). In terms of public awareness the image of the private investigator remains a person of dubious character spying on domestic couples. Since the last study the private investigation industry has undergone significant changes in terms of licensing training, regulation and investigative services. These developments have not received much attention in the public media. This lack of media attention is somewhat surprising as developments pose challenges to the justice system.
Publication Date
August 29, 2012
Citation Information
Michael King. "The contemporary role of private investigators in Australia" Criminal Justice Matters Iss. 89 (2012)
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