Australian Bureau of Statistics
4519.0 - Recorded Crime - Offenders, 2010–11 Quality Declaration
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 09/02/2012
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Nationally, there were more than three times as many male offenders (78%) as female offenders (22%), and this distribution was similar across the states and territories, ranging from 79% of offenders who were male in Victoria and South Australia to 74% who were male in Western Australia. (Table 3.3)
Between 2009-10 and 2010-11, Victoria reported the largest proportional increase in the number of male offenders (6.2%) while New South Wales reported the largest increase in the number of female offenders (4.5%). New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia reported increases in the number of male and female offenders between 2009-10 and 2010-11. All remaining states and territories reported decreases in both the number of male and female offenders, with Western Australia reporting the largest decreases in both the number of male offenders (17%) and female offenders (18%) from 2009-10. (Table 3.3)
The offender rates for males were much higher than those for females across all states and territories. The Northern Territory had the highest male offender rate at 6,634 male offenders per 100,000 males aged 10 years and over, and also had the highest female offender rate at 2,319 offenders per 100,000 females aged 10 years and over. (Table 3.3)
Data on the number of proceedings that police initiated against offenders during the reference period are not available for Western Australia. For more information see Explanatory Notes paragraphs 56-57.
The majority of offenders were proceeded against by police only once during 2010-11 in all states and territories. The highest proportion of the offender population who were proceeded against by police on more than one separate occasion during 2010-11 was in Queensland (31%). The jurisdiction with the lowest proportion of repeat offenders was Victoria (17%). Male offenders were more likely than female offenders to be proceeded against by police multiple times during 2010-11. (Tables 3.5 and 3.6)
The principal offence and associated offender rate that are most predominant varies in each jurisdiction. The predominant principal offences that offenders were proceeded against in 2010-11 within each state and territory, as measured by the offender rates per 100,000 persons aged 10 years and over, were:
The most prevalent principal offence at the published subdivision level for offenders in 2010-11 within each state and territory, as measured by the offender rates per 100,000 persons aged 10 years and over, were:
Northern Territory had the highest offender rates per 100,000 persons aged 10 years and over for Assault (1053), Sexual assault (67), Harassment and threatening behaviour (51) and Deal or traffic in illicit drugs (196); Western Australia had the highest offender rates per 100,000 persons aged 10 years and over for Robbery (27) and Blackmail and extortion (12); and New South Wales had the highest offender rates per 100,000 persons aged 10 years and over for Other acts intended to cause injury (41) and Theft (except motor vehicles) (331). (Table 3.2)
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