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The development of a national framework for crime and justice statistics is a priority task for the NCCJS, and one that has the potential to yield substantial benefits in the development and integration of high quality administrative by-product statistical systems across the criminal justice environment.
The availability of a comprehensive integrated set of data standards will provide a basis for national statistics to be collected so as to maximise their comparability and minimise provider load.
To date, work on the framework has been focussed on the development and implementation of the Australian Standard Offence Classification (ASOC).
The next stages in the process will be to prepare high level descriptions of the scope of crime and justice statistics, the primary elements of the system and the key user requirements associated with these elements. This will provide a structure into which the data standards inherent in the existing crime, courts and corrective service statistics can be incorporated as appropriate.
Finally, the framework will allow the gaps within the current range of statistics to be identified, and new or expanded collections planned to fill them.
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