Eliza graduated from UTAS in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts degree (Political Science and Public Policy). Highlights of her degree were a Parliamentary Internship and receiving a University Prize for Highest Aggregate Marks in Public Policy.
Post-graduation Eliza spent nine years with Tasmania Police, specializing in youth offending and restorative justice. She is now an independently appointed facilitator conducting restorative justice conferences for young people who have offended under the auspices of the Youth Justice Act 1997 and for families involved with Child Safety Services as per the Children, Young Persons and Families Act 1997.
Eliza is also a Nationally Accredited Mediator and has professional qualifications from internationally recognised training providers in restorative justice and conflict resolution. Ongoing professional development supplements these qualifications.
Eliza is a Master (Research) Candidate at the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies (TILES).
Opening the Gate to Restorative Justice in Tasmania: An examination of the factors which influence a decision by Police to divert a young person to a formal caution or a community conference.
Eliza’s research aim is to unpack and analyse the reason underpinning the ‘opinion’ that is the legislative basis of decisions by police to divert a young person to a formal caution or community conference. The purpose of this research is to gain an understanding of the decision-making framework used by Tasmania Police to divert the young person to determine if the process and reasons for a referral are consistent with restorative justice or if the decision is for the purpose of diversion.
Supervisors: Dr Isabelle Bartkowiak-Theron (TILES/School of Social Sciences) and Associate Professor Jeremy Prichard (Faculty of Law).
Diversion, restorative justice, history of criminal justice responses to juvenile offending, policing juvenile offenders, abuse related trauma and hidden communication needs of juvenile offenders.
Publication: 2006 ‘Childhood Animal Cruelty and Fire Lighting; Outward Signs of Inner Traumas’, Australian Police Journal Vol 60 # 1. (Eliza received a National Education Award for this article).