The Steering Committee for the Review of Commonwealth/State Service Provision, in its Report on Government Services 2004, estimated recurrent expenditure on justice in 2002-03 was approximately $364 per person. This excluded spending by governments on items such as justice-related capital works (i.e. new police stations, prisons or court facilities). Of the total recurrent expenditure of $7.2b in 2002-03, $4.9b was spent on police services, and $1.5b on corrective services (table 11.2).
Between 1999-2000 and 2002-03 and after adjustment for changes in prices, expenditure on corrective services grew at an annual average of 5.7%, and decreased for civil courts administration at an annual average of 7.2%.
11.2 GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURE ON JUSTICE(a)(b)
|Court administration - criminal(e)|
|Court administration - civil(f)|
|Total justice system|
|(a) In 2002-03 dollars.|
(b) Excludes payroll tax.
(c) In 1999-2000, court administration net recurrent expenditure included only a small portion of total revenue collected by courts. This has been rectified from 2000-01 and accounts for the large drop experienced in net recurrent expenditure in the following years (particularly in the civil courts). Care needs to be taken in comparing court expenditure in 1999-2000 with future years.
(d) The data for court administration (criminal) include a large amount of income from electronic courts not previously reported.
(e) Includes the cost of Magistrates' (including electronic and Children's), District/County, Supreme and Coroners' courts.
(f) Includes Magistrates' (including Children's), District/County, and Supreme courts, Family Court, Federal Court of Australia and Family Court of WA. The Federal Magistrates Court was included for the first time in 2001-02. The data exclude the cost of probate hearings for all years.
Source: Steering Committee for the Review of Commonwealth/State Service Provision, 'Report on Government Services 2004'.