Survey respondents were asked questions relating to their perceptions and opinions about social disorder issues in their local area. Social disorder refers to antisocial behaviour which may or may not constitute criminal offences such as public drunkenness, noisy neighbours and offensive language or behaviour.
Overall, 59% (10 million) of people aged 18 years and over perceived that their local area had at least one social disorder issue. Of all the states and territories, the Northern Territory (70%) had the highest percentage of people identifying at least one concern (NT data was collected in mainly urban areas). (Table 19)
When asked about social disorder problems in their local area, an estimated 35% (5.8 million) of people considered noisy driving to be a problem, 34% (5.7 million) considered dangerous driving to be a problem and 7.6% (1.3 million) considered the use or dealing of drugs to be a problem. An estimated 41% (6.9 million) of people indicated they had no social disorder issues of concern in their local area. (Table 19)
For those stating that the social disorder issue was a large or moderate problem in their local area, the opinions of 99% of people were influenced by personal experience, 23% by someone else known to the respondent and 13% by information from the media (Table 20).
PERCEIVED SOCIAL DISORDER RATES