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AIC Reseach - Missing Persons: Who's at risk?

See the latest research for missing persons in Australia.

The National Missing Persons Coordination Centre (NMPCC) is committed to driving and coordinating national research in relation to missing persons. Understanding why people go missing is essential for identifying preventative strategies and establishing a coordinated approach across the sector to reduce the incidence and impact of missing persons.

The most recent Australian research, Children and Youth Reported Missing from Out of Home Care in Australia, commissioned and funded by the NMPCC focused on the vulnerable group of youth who go missing, predominately from out of home care and was undertaken by Dr Kath McFarlane and The Community Restorative Centre Limited. The report was released by the AFP in March 2021 and demonstrates that young people living in out-of-home care are at the highest risk of going missing and being exposed to harm, exploitation and crime.

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Australian Research

The need for research in the missing persons sector is huge, with only a handful of research reports dedicated to the issue in Australia. Dedicated research projects are able to delve deeper into the missing persons experience and can provide insights into questions such as why people went missing, what happened to them while they were missing, and what support is required when someone is missing.

Prior to the 2016 release of the Missing Persons in Australia 2008 - 2015 (PDF 370 KB) statistical bulletin, the last national research, Missing Persons in Australia (PDF 1.0 MB), was released in 2008.  This report was completed by the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC), was co-funded by the Australian Federal Police and Attorney-General's Department of NSW.

Other research reports:

If you have a research report to add to this list please contact the NMPCC team.

International Research

International research provides insights into other trends and issues across international borders and jurisdictions. By reviewing and learning from other research and trends, we can evaluate the best practice techniques in order to reduce the incidence of missing persons in Australia.

Reports of interest:

If you have a research report to add to this list please contact the NMPCC team.

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