National missing persons coordination centre

Research

At the National Missing Persons Coordination Centre we are committed to driving and coordinating a national research agenda for the missing persons' population in Australia. Understanding why people go missing is essential for identifying preventative strategies and establishing a coordinated approach across the sector to reduce the incidence of missing persons.

Our most recent statistical bulletin, Missing Persons in Australia 2008 - 2015 (PDF 370 KB), undertaken by the Australian Institute of Criminology and released by the Hon Michael Keenan MP, Minister for Justice in November 2016, provides the most up to date statistics relating to missing persons in Australia. In April 2017, a larger research report 'Missing Persons in Australia' will be released, expanding on the statistical bulletin and replacing the 2008 report below.

Australian Research

Several major research projects into the Australian missing persons’ population have been undertaken. Major research projects 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.

The latest major research project, Missing Persons in Australia (PDF 1.0 MB), was released in 2008.  This report, developed by the Australian Institute of Criminology, was co-funded by the Australian Federal Police and Attorney-General's Department of NSW. The reports release in 2008 marked the first time since 1998 that research of this scale was undertaken into missing persons in Australia.

Other research reports:

International Research

Across the world research being undertaken into missing persons seeks to identify the reasons why people go missing and the best practice methods of preventing this from occurring.

UK charity Missing People conducts a range of research projects into missing persons and related issues. You can find a range of their published research in the Research publications section of their website.

The Geographies of Missing People research project, conducted in the United Kingdom, studied why adults go missing and explored their experiences.

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