ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION
This publication presents results from the Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS) national Crime Victimisation Survey, conducted from July 2009 to June 2010 using the ABS Multipurpose Household Survey (MPHS). The survey collected data about victims for a selected range of personal and household offences, whether victims reported these incidents to police, characteristics of victims and characteristics of their most recent incident, and people's perceptions on social disorder in their local area. This is the second crime victimisation survey conducted by the ABS since it was redesigned in 2008-09. Time series data is included to compare results with the 2008-09 Crime Victimisation Survey.
Information on the concepts and methods used in the survey, reliability of the results, definitions and interpretation are included in the Explanatory Notes (pp.41-47), Technical Note (pp.48-51), and Glossary (pp.52-56). Unless otherwise specified, differences between data items highlighted in the Summary of Findings are statistically significant (refer to paragraphs 12, 13 and 14 of the Technical Note). Additional national-level and state and territory-level data cubes are available to download from the ABS website.
COMPARISONS TO OTHER ABS CRIME SOURCES
The ABS publishes crime data from a range of sources, many with differing measurement methodologies, and this can produce different estimates. As such, caution should be exercised when making comparisons to other sources. For more information see Explanatory Notes paragraphs 29-40.
As estimates have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between the sum of component items and the published total. Published percentages are calculated prior to rounding and therefore some discrepancy may occur between these percentages and those that could be calculated from the rounded figures.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Fiona Dowsley on Melbourne (03) 9615 7641.