Dr Adam Tomison is internationally recognised as an expert in the prevention of child abuse and family violence, and the development of child protection and family support systems. For over two decades he has worked with a range of government and non-government organisations and advocacy groups in Australia and overseas.
Career path and highlights
Dr Tomison graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in 1988 and credits his Deakin experience with helping to kick-start his career in the prevention of violence and other crime. 'Deakin gave me an excellent degree and a professional qualification that has underpinned my subsequent doctoral studies. I've always found Deakin degrees are well-respected by other academic institutions and the broader sector. The analytical skills I developed and the research methods and statistical training I completed there have provided an excellent base for the range of social sciences research and systems design work I have undertaken since leaving university,' he says. 'But it was also the positive engagement I had with academic staff which was key to making my Deakin experience a very rewarding one'.
Dr Tomison was appointed as the Director General of the West Australian Department of Justice in July 2017 after moving to Perth to be the Director General of the Department of the Attorney General in late 2016. Prior to this position he was the Director and Chief Executive of the Australian Institute of Criminology from 2009 to 2015 and had held various senior executive positions within the Northern Territory Department of Health and Families, including time as the Director of the NT's statutory child protection and family support services.
He became well known for his work developing the National Child Protection Clearinghouse, an internationally-recognised centre for excellence, and the Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault at the Australian Institute of Family Studies. He currently serves as a board member of the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (Canada). He has previously served on the Boards of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, NAPCAN Australia, and has been an Honorary Professor and a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Child Protection Studies at the Australian Catholic University.
Dr Tomison received a Deakin Alumni of the Year Award in 2011 for outstanding service and achievement in his profession and the community. He says that while he continues to enjoy the challenges of his CEO role he is able to continue his career-long interest in the prevention of child abuse and other violence and his broader interest in the prevention of crime.