Terry Goldsworthy


  • Bond University, Faculty of Society & Design

    4229 Gold Coast


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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 various 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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Criminology, Doctor of Philosophy, An examinatin of the concept of evil: A case study of the Waffen-SS

Award Date: 1 Jan 2006

Policing, Diploma of Policing, Queensland Police Service

Award Date: 1 Jan 2003

Criminology, Master of Criminology

Award Date: 1 Jan 2001

Policing, Advanced Diploma of Investigative Practice, Queensland Police Service

Award Date: 1 Jan 1999

Law, Bachelor of Laws

Award Date: 1 Jan 1996

Commerce, Bachelor of Commerce

Award Date: 1 Jan 1992

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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