NATIONAL CRIMINAL COURTS STATISTICS UNIT (NCCSU)
During the convention in Perth, the NCCSU Advisory Group met to discuss progress in and future directions of the higher criminal courts collection. Dr Don Weatherburn stood down as chair of the Advisory Group, having chaired the group since the formation of the NCCSU. Jonathan Rees from the Tasmanian Department of Justice and Industrial Relations was elected as the new chair.
As the Advisory Group expressed a preference for meeting twice a year as a way of being more proactive in the development of the statistical collection, a second meeting was held in early March. The annual Board of Management meeting was held in early February.
At each of these meetings, concerns were expressed about the collection of offence data being impeded by delays in the implementation of ASOC in the jurisdictions' systems. While the development of a penalty data collection was seen as a viable alternative, it was stressed that the priority is still to collect offence and penalty data.