4500.0 - Crime and Justice News, Apr 1999  
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National Crime Statistics Unit (NCSU)

Preparation of the sixth in the series of the annual publication, Recorded Crime, Australia 1998 (ABS Catalogue No. 4510.0) is currently under way. The expected release date is 30 June 1999. See Main Features for Recorded Crime, Australia 1997 (ABS Catalogue No. 4510.0) for an overview of the current edition.

Developments in the approach to Scenario Based Testing as part of Quality Assurance are continuing and the methodology for the approach is currently being considered by the Police/Crime Statisticians. The National Crime Statistics Advisory Group is being canvassed for input into the medium to long term work program objectives of the NCSU.

A meeting between representatives of the Queensland Police Service (QPS) and the NCSU was held in November 1998. Issues regarding an initial small scale collection of statistics on Indigenous status amongst apprehended offenders in selected regions of Queensland were discussed.

Plans to create a steering committee for the above project are under way. Membership would include representatives from the Cultural Affairs Unit QPS, Information Resource Centre QPS, police from the regional areas selected for the trial, staff from the National Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics (NCATSIS) and the NCSU.

The NCSU Board of Management meeting was held in Sydney on 20 April 1999 as part of the wider Australian Police Ministers' Council meetings.