INTERPRETATION OF RESULTS
The statistics contained in this publication are derived from administrative systems maintained by state and territory police. Although national standards and classifications are used, differences over time in the level of recorded crime may reflect factors other than a change in the incidence of crime. Details of differences that impact on the statistics are in the Explanatory Notes paragraphs 36-47.
Assault data are presented for those jurisdictions that are fully complying with the National Crime Recording Standard. The ABS is continuing to work with other jurisdictions to ensure national data comparability and quality. The 2010, 2011 and 2012 data have been collected on a comparable basis.
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
NSW data for 2012 has been produced on the basis of age of victim at the date an offence is reported to police (except for homicide and related offences). Previously NSW data has been produced on the basis of age of victim at the time the incident occurred. The impact on the data of the change in basis for compiling age data is minimal. For further information on the impact of the change see the Explanatory Notes paragraphs 27 and 58.
Discrepancies may occur between sums of component items and totals across tables due to rounding and randomisation applied to protect the confidentiality of individuals.
INFORMATION ON ABS CRIME AND JUSTICE STATISTICS
More information about the ABS activities in the field of crime and justice statistics is available from the Crime and Justice Topics @ a Glance page on the ABS website. Details of other ABS publications relating to crime and justice statistics can be found in paragraph 82 of the Explanatory Notes.
The ABS acknowledges the valuable contribution of the Board of Management of the National Crime Statistics Unit (NCSU), the National Crime Statistics Advisory Group and the staff of the various agencies that provide the data that are presented in this publication.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.