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4500.0 - Crime and Justice News, Apr 2001  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 09/05/2001   
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New NCCJS Director

The National Centre for Crime and Justice Statistics (NCCJS) will have a new Director from the middle of this year. Mr Chris Libreri will be transferring to the position from within the Victorian office of the ABS.

Chris began working in the Corporate Services area of the Australian Bureau of Statistics in June 1980 after studying Mathematics at RMIT and working for a number of years in the hospitality industry. In the years since, Chris has worked in a range of ABS areas such as Population Surveys (including the 1983 Crime and Safety Survey), State and Local Government Finance Statistics, and Information and Marketing Services - including a posting in ABS' Central Office in Canberra.

In the early 1990s, Chris was responsible for the Social Analysis and Research section of the Victorian Office prior to his promotion to Director of Corporate Services and the Population Surveys Branch in 1994. For the past three years, Chris has headed the Business Frames Branch which is responsible for the maintenance of Frames and Registers for ABS business-based collections, including direct liaison with the Australian Taxation Office on administrative data sources.

Chris hopes to “extend and improve the well-established role of the National Centre for Crime and Justice Statistics, with a particular focus on the quality aspects of our work and the ABS' role of expanding the National Statistical Service”. He adds that he “looks forward to the challenge of the Director's role, working in a fascinating field of statistics and meeting key clients so that already substantial relationships can be further developed”.

Chris has recently completed postgraduate studies in Management (Canberra University) and Statistics (Victoria University). He was born and bred in Melbourne's northern suburbs of Maltese ancestry and still lives there with his wife Kerri and children Angela and Jessica. His interests include following sport of all kinds, reading science fiction, strolling and good food.



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