Terry Goldsworthy


  • Bond University, Faculty of Society and Design

    4229 Gold Coast


  • 32 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
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Personal profile

Research interests

Dr Terry Goldsworthy has degrees in Commerce and Law, A Masters degree in Criminology and a PhD in Criminology from Bond University.

He is an Associate Professor in Criminology at Bond University in the Faculty of Society and Design.

Terry is an acknowledged expert in a number of areas of criminal justice and has provided evidence and input into numerous government inquiries over a range of topics including, gun crime, organised crime, OMCG’s, drugs and cybercrime.

Terry has a strong media profile and has conducted over 500 hundred interviews since beginning at Bond in 2013 including ABC News, Sunrise, The Today Show, the 7.30 Report, A Current Affair etc. He also regularly contributes to newsprint and social media sites including Vox Media, The Australian, The Courier Mail, Vice News and others.

Terry has published three books looking at the German Waffen-SS during World War II. He has also contributed a chapters to a number of tertiary text books. He has publishing in a number of peer reviewed and industry relevant journals.

Terry has provided expert opinion in court matters in relation to police operation procedures.

Terry is an avid contributor to The Conversation Website on current and topical issues in Criminal Justice and to date has a readership of some 1.2 million readers.

Prior to his academic appointment Terry had 28 years policing experience in Australia (Queensland Police Service) as a Detective Inspector. He has served in general duties, watchhouse and as a motorcycle officer before moving to the Criminal Investigation Branch in 1994. He spent eight years as a Detective Senior Sergeant on the Gold Coast in charge of the CIB at Burleigh Heads. In this role he was responsible for the investigative management of high volume crime and major crime in one of the busiest and most challenging policing environments in Australia. His last placement in the QPS was as an Inspector at Ethical Standards Command.

Terry teaches in the Criminology Department at Bond University has been the recipient of various teaching awards (2010 and 2017).

A keen motorcyclist, Dr. Goldsworthy is an avid commentator on public policy issues involving the Criminal Justice system.

Statement for HDR students

I have successfully supervised numerous students to graduation at Phd and masters level. Areas of supervision include studies looking at aspects of Criminology, criminal justice, social justice policy, victims, genocide, drugs and crime, criminal investigations, transnational crime, miscarriages of justice.

Education/Academic qualification

Criminology, Doctor of Philosophy

Policing, Diploma of Policing, Queensland Police Service

Criminology, Master of Criminology

Policing, Advanced Diploma of Investigative Practice, Queensland Police Service

Law, Bachelor of Laws

Commerce, Bachelor of Commerce

External positions

Member, Executive Research Advisory Board, Bravehearts

1 Jan 2016 → …

Secretary, Mangement Committee, Gold Coast Centre against Sexual Violence Inc.

1 Jan 2012 → …

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Research Output 2001 2019

Big brother is watching: how new technologies are changing police surveillance

Goldsworthy, T., 8 May 2019, In : The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to journalOnline ResourceResearch

Open Access
new technology
private home

Curious Kids: is it more dangerous for police to pursue a suspect than to call off the pursuit?

Goldsworthy, T., 11 Feb 2019, In : The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to journalOnline ResourceEducation

Open Access
police officer

How safe is Australia? The numbers show public attacks are rare and on the decline

Goldsworthy, T., 24 Jan 2019, In : The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to journalOnline ResourceResearch

Open Access
public space

Why do parents kill their children? The facts about filicide in Australia

Goldsworthy, T., 8 Feb 2019, In : The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to journalOnline ResourceResearch

Open Access
custodial parent

An examination of the utility of criminal curfews as a policy response to youth crime in Australia

Goldsworthy, T., 7 Jun 2018, p. 55.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePresentationResearch

Open Access
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Activities 2012 2018

A B Paterson College Industry Dinner

Terrence Goldsworthy (Participant)
2 May 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...Other

Bravehearts (External organisation)

Terrence Goldsworthy (Chair)
2016 → …

Activity: MembershipProfessional Memberships

Expert Witness

Terrence Goldsworthy (Consultant)
2015 → …

Activity: Consultancy

2015 Qld Law Symposium

Terrence Goldsworthy (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Discussion on the use of Police of lethal force options.

Terrence Goldsworthy (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Press / Media

Fears Brisbane’s bikie war could escalate

Terry Goldsworthy


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Fears Brisbane’s bikie war could escalate further

Terry Goldsworthy


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Bikie bashing triggers fear of gang warfare

Terry Goldsworthy


4 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Coast crime reports ‘are being hidden’

Terry Goldsworthy


3 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Student theses

Intergenerational linkages of crime for women in Guatemala.

Author: Lopez Castillo, M. P., 16 Feb 2019

Supervisor: Lincoln, R. A. (Supervisor) & Goldsworthy, T. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Reconceptualising Fear of Crime: Emergence of Crime Awareness

Author: Jarrett-Luck, M., 13 Feb 2017

Supervisor: Cameron-Dow, J. (Supervisor) & Goldsworthy, T. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis