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Over the last few months, a number of issues relating to the Australian Standard Offence Classification (ASOC) have been raised and these have been discussed at length by the NCCJS ASOC working group. Some of these issues are complicated and have required us to gather further information prior to determining a resolution.
Consequently we have spoken to a number of Police Statisticians and operational Police in order to obtain a better understanding of offences reported and charges laid in relation to a number of specific scenarios. We have also sought information regarding the circumstances under which a person would be charged with particular sections of the legislation.
We are currently in the process of consolidating the results of these discussions and investigations.
The outcomes will be documented in the form of an ASOC errata sheet and coding guidelines, and will be forwarded to the ASOC co-ordinator in each state/territory by the end of April.
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