Robbery - Between 2003 and 2004, the Tasmanian victim rate for robbery decreased from 28.1 to 26.1 per 100,000 persons. The Northern Region was the only region not to report a decrease.
Unlawful entry with intent -The victim rate for unlawful entry with intent between 2003 and 2004 decreased from 1,376.1 per 100,000 persons to 1,034.6 per 100,000 persons, reflecting a decrease in all regions. In both 2003 and 2004, the Greater Hobart-Southern Region recorded the highest victimisation rate for this offence.
Age and sex of victims - The 2004 age and sex breakdowns show that in all three regions the majority of robbery victims were male, with the highest numbers in the 15-19 year age group. The highest number of female robbery victims were in the 25-34 year and 65+ age groups. Females accounted for 31.8% of the total victims of robbery.
Assault and sexual assault - Recently the ABS National Crime Statistics Unit (NCSU) conducted the Differences in Recorded Crime Statistics (DiRCS) project. This project investigated differences in crime recording systems and processes across the states and territories. Data on offences which were identified in the DiRCS project as not being comparable, ie assault and sexual assault, have not been published for the 2004 reference year. A paper outlining the conduct and outcomes of the DiRCS project is available on the National Statistical Service website: http://www.nss.gov.au.
COMPLAINTS TO THE OMBUDSMAN
In 2003-04, the Office of the Tasmanian Ombudsman closed the greatest number of complaints about the administrative actions of local government authorities in the Greater Hobart-Southern Region, followed by the Northern Region and then Mersey-Lyell.
The Greater Hobart-Southern Region had the highest proportion of claims closed due to no defective administration and also the highest proportion of claims substantiated or partly substantiated.
Of the 19,184 legal advice calls made to the Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania in 2003-04, some 52.0% were made in Hobart and Southern Tasmania, 29.0% in Launceston and North Eastern Tasmania and 19.0% in the North West and West Coast of Tasmania.