Adam Tomison



Bachelor of Science (Hons)


Geelong Waurn Ponds

Graduation year


Deakin Alumni of the Year Award


Current position

Director General of the West Australian Department of the Attorney General


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 crime prevention and research.
'My Deakin degree gave me a good quality 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. 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 I have undertaken since leaving university,' he says.

Dr Tomison has recently been appointed as the Director General of the West Australian Department of the Attorney General. 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 is an Honorary Professor at Australian Catholic University (ACU) and serves as a board member of the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (Canada) and NAPCAN Australia. He has also been a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Child Protection Studies (ACU), and the Criminal Justice Working Group of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. 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 is enjoying his executive management positions he plans to maintain his career-long interest in his core field of expertise of child abuse and other violence prevention and his broader interest in the prevention of crime.