ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION
This publication presents statistics relating to finalised defendants charged with federal offences and heard in the criminal jurisdiction of the Higher (Supreme and Intermediate), Magistrates' and Children's Courts across Australia for the period 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012. The statistics describe the characteristics of these defendants, including information on the offences, case outcomes and sentences associated with those defendants.
Data cubes are available in the Downloads tab for cat. no. 4515.0 on the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) website.
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
Data about defendants charged with federal offences and finalised in the Tasmanian Higher Courts are published for the first time in this issue. As a consequence, Australia totals are now also published. The title of the publication has been changed to reflect this change in collection scope.
This publication presents offence data according to two types of classification - by the Australian and New Zealand Standard Offence Classification (ANZSOC), the official standard, and by federal offence groups, a non-official set of categories. The federal offence groups have been revised for this issue - more information is provided at Appendix 4.
Ten new tables have been included in this issue. These tables present time series data on sex by principal federal offence for Australia and the states and territories, and data on duration by method of finalisation and principal federal offence.
The statistics are sourced from the national Criminal Courts collection conducted by the ABS, and have been compiled according to national standards in order to maximise consistency between the states and territories. The Explanatory Notes, Appendices and Glossary provide detailed information on the data sources, counting rules, terminology, classifications and other technical aspects associated with these statistics.
Discrepancies may occur between sums of component items, and totals across and within tables due to rounding and randomisation.
INFORMATION ON ABS CRIME AND JUSTICE STATISTICS
More information about ABS activities in the field of crime and justice statistics is available from the Crime and Justice theme page on the ABS website. For details of other ABS publications relating to crime and justice statistics see paragraph 54 of the Explanatory Notes.
The ABS acknowledges the valuable contribution of the Board of Management, the National Criminal Courts Statistics Advisory Group, the Court Practitioners' Group and the staff of the various agencies that provide the statistics presented in this publication.