Australian Bureau of Statistics

Rate the ABS website
ABS Home > Statistics > By Release Date
4519.0 - Recorded Crime - Offenders, 2008-09 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 18/03/2010   
   Page tools: Print Print Page Print all pages in this productPrint All RSS Feed RSS Bookmark and Share Search this Product  

YOUTH OFFENDERS

In 2008-09, Tasmania and the Northern Territory continued to have the highest youth offender rates in Australia. While Tasmania's youth offender rate decreased slightly from 2007-08 to 5,832 offenders per 100,000 persons aged 10 to 19 years in 2008-09, the youth offender rate in the Northern Territory increased to 6,031 offenders per 100,000 persons aged 10 to 19 years in 2008-09. Youth offender rates remained fairly constant in Queensland, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory, and, with the exception of Tasmania, increased in the remaining states and territories.

Youth Offender rate(a), States and territories
Graph: Youth Offender rate(a), States and territories



Sex

Tasmania reported the highest female youth offender rate at 3,333 female offenders per 100,000 females aged 10 to 19 years, followed by the Northern Territory with a rate of 2,827 female offenders per 100,000 females aged 10 to 19 years. The lowest youth offender rates for both males and females were reported in Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory, however Victoria's rates are understated. For all states and territories, the male youth offender rate was well above the rate for females.

Youth Offender rate(a), Sex by states and territories
Graph: Youth Offender rate(a), Sex by states and territories



Principal Offence

Consistent with the overall offender population, there was variability across the jurisdictions in relation to which principal offences were the most prevalent for youth offenders, as well as variability in the youth offender rates for those principal offences. The predominant principal offences that offenders aged 10 to 19 years were proceeded against in 2008-09, as measured by the offender rates per 100,000 persons aged 10 to 19 years, were public order offences in Tasmania (1,890), the Northern Territory (1,235) and South Australia (861). Theft was the predominant principal offence in Western Australia (1,081), Queensland (1,029), the Australian Capital Territory (1,028), Victoria (871) and New South Wales (840).

Youth Offender rate(a), Selected principal offence by states and territories
Graph: Youth Offender rate(a), Selected principal offence by states and territories






Previous PageNext Page

Bookmark and Share. Opens in a new window


Commonwealth of Australia 2014

Unless otherwise noted, content on this website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia Licence together with any terms, conditions and exclusions as set out in the website Copyright notice. For permission to do anything beyond the scope of this licence and copyright terms contact us.