Faculty of Education and Arts

Dr Margaret Camilleri

Lecturer BA (Criminal Justice)
Research Fellow - Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation (CeRDI)
Study area: Humanities and Social Sciences
Location: Mount Helen Campus, Room H239
Phone: 5327 6947


Doctor of Philosophy - University of Ballarat
Master of Social Science (Social Policy) - RMIT University
Graduate Diploma (Community Development) - RMIT University
Bachelor of Arts (Multicultural Studies) - RMIT University



Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice)


  • Crime: Theory and Practice (ATSGC1283)
  • The Criminal Justice Process (CRJUS1284)
  • Comparative Criminal Justice: An International Perspective (CRJUS2471)
  • Human Rights: Convention to practice (CRJUS2400)
  • Policing and Practice (CRJUS 2474)
  • Victims of Crime (CRJUS2476)


During her career, spanning 26 years, Marg has worked in the Not-For-Profit, Government and Tertiary Education sectors. Much of her work in the criminal justice area has focused on access to justice in particular, but not exclusively, in relation to people with disabilities. Marg's PhD, completed in 2010, considered the factors that influence police decision making when considering reports of sexual assault made by adults with cognitive impairments. Marg has also worked on a number of state and national projects. This includes as reference group member for the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission report: 'Beyond doubt: the experiences of people with disabilities reporting crime'.

Areas of expertise

  • Improving access to justice
  • System, policy and programmatic responses to victims of crime
  • Violence against women with disabilities
  • Police decision making
  • Sexual assault reforms
  • Justice response to victims of crime
  • Program responses to victims of crime

Research interests

  • Access to Justice of people with disability
  • System responses to violence against women with disabilities
  • Human Rights
  • Police decision making
  • Youth justice


Ollerenshaw. A & Camilleri. M (Forthcoming) Health Justice Partnerships: Initial insights into the delivery of an integrated health and legal service for youth in regional Victoria. Journal of Rural and remote Health


Victims Support Agency (2013). Information and support needs of victims and witnesses in the Magistrates' Court of Victoria. Department of Justice Victoria

Sugden N. and Camilleri, M., (2011). Review of the National Coronial Information System, Department of Justice Victoria

Camilleri. M. (2010) Disabled Justice: Why reports of sexual assault made by adults with cognitive impairment fail to proceed through the justice system. PhD Thesis

Goodfellow, J & Camilleri, M (2003). Beyond Belief - Beyond Justice: The difficulties for victim/survivors with disabilities when reporting sexual assault and seeking justice, Disability Discrimination Legal Service

Conferences - Seminars: Papers Presented

'Justice system-enter if you're able: Using the Social Model of Disability to give voice to sexual assault victims with cognitive impairment' Meeting the Needs of Victims' of Crime Sydney May 18-19 May 2011

'The nexus between generalized assumptions about disability, the adversarial system and disabled justice'. NON-Adversarial Justice: Implications for the Legal System and Society Conference - Melbourne 4 -7 May 2010

'We're judging all the time: the influence on and role of police discretionary decisions' ASCO 4th Forensic Disabilities Conference- Melbourne 14-17 July 2009

'Disabling Assumptions' National Disabilities Studies Conference - University of New South Wales 25-26 June 2009

'[Dis]abling assumptions: socially constructed barriers and their impact on inclusion' - Public Seminar presented in Ballarat 26th November 2008 (presented with Jenene Burke)

'Enabling Justice' New Ways Forward: Pathways to Change - National Victims of Crime Conference 23 & 24 September 2008, Adelaide.

'Access to Justice - Are you able?' SAA(NZ) 2006 Annual Conference 22-24 November 'Connections and Disconnections', University of Waikato Hamilton, New Zealand.

'Disabling Access to Justice' 2006 Research Conference, November, University of Ballarat

'Women's Studies Seminar, University of Ballarat, October 2006

'Will the Real Pro Bono Please Stand Up' National Conference of Community Legal Centres Melbourne 2002


Invited by Women with Disabilities Victoria to participate as reference group member - Safeguards Project

The Australian Human Rights Commission to review the draft publication - 'Access to Justice' report launched, 2014

Advisory group for the 'Voices Against Violence' research project. The project was developed by the Office of the Public Advocate, Women with Disabilities Victoria and Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria, it consists of six papers researching different areas of the experience of women with disabilities of violence and the justice system. The report will be launched in May 2014.

Join the reference group of 'Beyond doubt: the experiences of people with disabilities reporting crime', conducted by the Victorian Equal, Opportunity and Human Rights Commission. The report, considers the barriers to people with disabilities, reporting crimes to police. The report will be launched in July 2014.

Offer expert advice to the 'Stop The Violence (STV)' project, National reform project conducted by University of New South Wales, Women with Disabilities Australia and People with Disabilities Australia in conjunction with the Australian Human Rights Commission, 2013.

Join the reference group of 'Make Rights Reality' pilot project. A Federation of Community Legal Centre project designed to increase access to justice for victims of sexual assault with cognitive impairment, 2011 to 2014.

Invited by Graeme Innes, Human Rights Disability Commissioner (former) to provide evidence to inform the Commissions Inquiry into Access to Justice for People with Disabilities, 2013.

Meet and present information to the United Nations Rapporteur for Women 'Stopping Violence Against Women with Disabilities'. Melbourne 2012.

Invited to present at a forum facilitated by former Police Commissioner Christine Nixon. Justice for People with Disability - Best Practice when responding to allegations of assault 22 June 2012

Grants and commissioned research projects

Principal researcher (in conjunction with A/Prof Helen Thompson and Ms Allison Ollerenshaw - CeRDI) the Central Highlands Advocacy Health Alliance (AHA), which aims to improve legal, health and wellbeing outcomes for disadvantaged young people. The project, funded by the Legal Services Board includes project partners Ballarat Community Health and Central Highlands Community Legal Centre. Health Justice Partnership for Youth.

Funding body: Legal Services Board + Commissioner Value: $260,000 Duration: February 2014 to Current

Principal researcher to explore the requirements of people with complex communication needs when interacting with the criminal and civil justice system.

Funding body: Legal Services Board + Commissioner Value: $57,270 Duration: October 2016 to May 2018


  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
  • World Society of Victimology
  • The Australian Sociological Association