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Dr. Michael King, PhD QUT,  joined Charles Sturt University in 2021, where he is a lecturer in Fraud and Financial Crime and AML, at the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security. Michael is the Coordinator for the units Criminology of Financial Crime, Forensic Accounting and Corporate Governance. He returns to CSU in 2024.

Michael was the first direct hire into the Griffith University's Academy of Financial Crime as a academic in 2023 to lead the development of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) Micro-credentials in financial crime. Michael took the end to end development of the second subject, The framework & regulatory environment (of money laundering). Contributed to the formation of the first subject the Introduction to financial crime and the structuring the third subject, Managing and reporting of financial crime. Michael also created the assessments items for the first two subjects. Michael also presented lectures to over 800 CBA staff for second subject. The Academy is lead by the Griffith Business School (GBS), Michael was the only academic in GBS to have a established record of publishing and research in the financial crime sphere in Australia and internationally. In addition he created the two foundation subjects for the GradDip of Financial Investigations, GBS newest degree. He also won two teaching awards for this work.

Michael is also a Associate at University of Queensland's Centre of Research Excellence on Achieving the Tobacco Endgame, where he is research illicit tobacco and supervising a PhD student in this topic. 

Michael's is a peer reviewer for several leading international publications, including Policing & Society, and Policing: International. While his research has been published in several national and international journals including the Journal of Financial Crime, Journal of Criminological, Research, Policy & Practice, International Journal of Police Science and Managementand Journal of Applied Security Research.

Michael was awarded the the Outstanding Doctoral Thesis award in 2022 for his thesis, with the School of Justice. The Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award is awarded to the to the top 5% of PhDs in that year, and is not awarded every year.

Michael commenced his research career at Griffith University in 2000 undertaking field work for Dr. Tim Prenzler’s on a Criminology Research Council Grant to study the Australian private investigation industry.  Building on this experience Michael commenced teaching/lecturing within the School of Justice Administration at Brisbane TAFE in 2004 and co-developed subjects for the Queensland Police Entry Program for Brisbane’s North-Point Institute of TAFE.

Michael is a sessional lecturer within Bachelor of Justice program in the Faculty of Law, School of Justice Queensland University of Technology.

Michael is an experience regulatory compliance officer and investigator having two decades experience within a Commonwealth agency at the Executive Level. Complementing this experience Michael has held positions within the Queensland government and as an investigator for one of Australia's top ten banking and finance providers.


  • JST542 Criminology of Financial Crime.
  • JST462 Corporate Governance.
  • JST473 Forensic Accounting, Asset Tracing & Recovery.

Research Interests:

Financial crime, crime history, policing, private security, invesitgative interviews, tax/revenue fraud, international/global crime, administrative invesitgations, organised crime, AML and regulatory offences.  

Postgraduate Research Supervision:

Supervision for research Honours, higher degree (PhD, Professional Docs) and Master's (minor thesis, or Research) programs related to the above topics maybe considered.

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 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Grad Cert in Criminology & Criminal Justice, Griffith University

Bachelor of Commerce, Griffith University

Master of Justice, Queensland University of Technology

Doctor of Philosophy, Queensland University of Technology

Subject keywords

  • Policing
  • Economic Crime
  • Fraud
  • White collar crime
  • Tax/revenue crime
  • Global crime
  • Private Investigation
  • Compliance
  • Money Laundering


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