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Towards a Secure System is the concept of applying a Secure System approach to combating vehicle crime. The approach takes a holistic view of the dynamics of vehicle theft and the interaction between vehicle design, motorists’ perceptions and choices, offender behaviour, and government and industry practices to minimise the opportunity for theft to occur, increase the likelihood and consequences of detection, and increase the effort and risk required to profit from stolen vehicles.


Tuesday 4th April - Thursday 6th April, 2017

(Thursday 6th is the IAATI Training Day. Optional for other conference delegates.)


RACV City Club, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000

The conference is proudly sponsored by RACV

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Following sustained reductions for more than a decade, many parts of Australia are now experiencing rapid increases in vehicle related crime.

Much of this increase has been associated with an unprecedented level of violence and reckless driving behavior. Widely publicised aggravated home invasions, violent road incidents and armed robberies, often committed by repeat young offenders, are causing considerable community anxiety.

The insurance industry is experiencing significant increases in claims costs due to the loss and damage of higher value vehicles and the emergence of sophisticated frauds utilising accident and repair scams.

Responding to these emerging dynamics in vehicle crime presents significant policy and operational challenges for governments, police services, the justice system and the private sector.

The Australian Vehicle Crime Conference is hosted by the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council, Victoria Police and the Australasian Branch of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators to examine the underlying dynamics of these emerging trends and to explore possible mitigation strategies to combat them.

Conference themes and presenters

Tuesday 4th April & Wednesday 5th April

Theme: Diverting Young Offenders

  • Assistant Commissioner Robert (Bob) Hill, Victoria Police, Responding to Nightly Youth Violence and Recklessness in the Streets
  • Detective Chief Inspector Paul Betts, Midlands Police, Multi-agency Approach to young offenders
  • Dr Monica Theilking, Swinburne University, Insights into Contemporary Young Offender Behaviour in Victoria
  • Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane, Victoria Police, Managing Young Offenders through inter agency cooperation
  • Ben Neil, Manager for Social Enterprise, Mission Australia, Synergy Repairs: Restoring Young Lives and Cars

Theme: Building stakeholder and community capacity and promoting innovation

  • Ray Carroll, Executive Director, NMVTRC, Burglaries to Access keys (the New Permanent state) and how Motorists Perceive Vehicle Crime
  • Brian Negus, General Manager, RACV, Broader Advocacy
  • Samantha Hunter, CEO, Crimestoppers Victoria, Optimising the Reach and Effectiveness of Collaborative Communications
  • Lisa Rudd, Community Development Officer, Glenorchy City Council, Tackling Vehicle Crime in Local Communities
  • Robert McDonald, Secretary General, RCAR, Theft by Wire: Facts V Fiction
  • VicRoads, The Secret Life of Number Plates
  • Detective Chief Inspector Oliver Little, City of London Police (IAATI Speaker), Genuine Theft or Collision vs Fraud
  • Keir Bielecke, Policy Advisor- Risk, Insurance Council of Australia, Insurance Industry response to Motor fraud
  • Rob Bartlett, Executive Manager, Suncorp, The Lawyer, the Smash Repairer and Car Napping Rort

Theme: Disrupting the vehicle laundering and separated parts markets

  • Detective Superintendent Murray Chapman, NSW Police, Reforming the Scrap Metal Trade in New South Wales
  • Geoff Gwilym, Executive Director, VACC, An Industry Model for the Management of End-of-life vehicles
  • Amanda Bird, Senior Tax Specialist - Complex Investigations, Australian Tax Office, Following the Money

IAATI Training Day - Thursday 6th April (optional)

  • Hans Kooijman, IAATI International President/Manger Claims Investigations, Allianz Netherlands, IAATI – An International network for Vehicle Crime Investigators
  • Detective Senior Constable Luke Simpson, Motor Unit- property Crime Squad, State Crime Command, NSW Police, Strike Force Jardine-a case study
  • Robert Ishak, Co-founder and Chairman, William Robert Lawyers, The Power of Negotiation- how to use Neuro Linguistic Programming to relate to your clients and understand their perspective
  • Keir Bielecke, Policy Advisor- Risk, Insurance Council of Australia, Emerging trends in motor vehicle insurance fraud
  • Detective Chief Inspector Oliver Little, Insurance Fraud enforcement Department, City of London Police, Establishing the IFED- the hurdles faced and lessons learnt
  • Dr Kate Grimwood, Forensic Sales Manager, XTEK, Non-destructive examinations of vehicle identifiers
  • Nigel Carson and Tim Myers, Partner and Director, KordaMentha Forensic, Digital evidence in vehicle crime cases
  • Stephen Tully, MVA Investigations, Forensic Mechanical Investigations
Conference schedule

To download a copy of the detailed schedule of the 2017 Australian vehicle crime conference please click here.


Conference registration is $245 and includes attendance to the Networking Reception at 5.00pm-7.00pm Tuesday 4th April

(IAATI Training Day Thursday 6th April is optional at no extra cost)

All conference delegates are invited to attend the IAATI 2017 Award Dinner on Wednesday 5th April, 6:30PM.

To register for the conference and/or dinner please click the button below

Who should attend

Attendance at this event is a must for all those with a professional interest in reducing vehicle crime including:

  • Senior Police Managers
  • Crime Investigators
  • Insurance Investigators and Claims Managers
  • Government Policy Managers
  • Crime Prevention Officers
  • Community Safety Practitioners
  • Juvenile Justice Practitioners

Accommodation options

Melbourne CBD has a range of accommodation options available

  • RACV City Club

    Book accommodation at the RACV City Club at NMVTRC delegate rates. Standard or King/Twin for $283 per night or $306 including breakfast per night

    501 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

    tel: +61 3 9944 8842 | Email | Website

Other options include

  • Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne

    189 Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000

    tel: +61 3 9934 0000 | Email | Website

  • Mantra on Little Bourke

    471 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC

    tel: +61 3 9607 3000 | Email | Website

  • Treasury on Collins

    394 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000 (a little further away)

    tel: +61 3 8535 8535 | Email | Website

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