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Data custodian: Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General
Contact: Courts Performance and Reporting Unit
Address: Brisbane Magistrates Court, Level 9, 363 George St, GPO Box 1649, Brisbane, QLD, 4001
Telephone: 07 3247 5664
To record outcomes of criminal court appearances.
Queensland Wide Inter-linked Courts (QWIC) records details of court appearances (e.g. dates, court location of appearance) for criminal matters as well as outcomes of court appearances (e.g. sentences). In terms of domestic violence criminal offences, only breaches of DV orders are able to be identified. Other domestic violence related offences (e.g. assaults) are not able to be identified as to whether or not they relate to domestic violence.
QWIC also records information relating to applications for DV orders (e.g. date of court appearance, result of court appearance, orders made, etc.). There is no link in the system between criminal matters and applications for DV orders. There is also no ‘single person identifier’ in QWIC, therefore history of offending is not available.
Family and Domestic Violence related content (data items collected)
2 If lodged in Queensland.
3 Place of birth if provided by Queensland Police.
4 However, there is no link on QWIC between DV application matters and breach of DV orders (i.e. criminal matters).
Definition of Family and Domestic Violence
Family and Domestic Violence is defined by the Domestic and Family violence Protection Act 1989. The Act covers physical, emotional and financial violence and abuse committed in spousal, intimate personal, family and informal care relationships.
Aspects of FDV captured in the data are:
Relationship to Conceptual Framework for Family and Domestic Violence (Cat. No. 4529.0)
Matters are entered into the QWIC system and finalised by a clerk. A registrar then verifies the finalisation and all details on QWIC by ticking the ‘verified’ box. Only ‘verified’ records can be accessed for statistical purposes.Scope / target population
Criminal defendants in Queensland courts and applicants and respondents in DV order application matters.
Geographic coverage and disaggregation
Data available for:
Frequency / Timing
Data published annually
Collection commenced: October 2000
Breaks in series: no
Other details: n/a
Data availability / Dissemination
Data is published in court annual reports. Access to unpublished data may be available on request. A data request form can be downloaded from: http://www.courts.qld.gov.au/media-and-the-public/courts-statistical-information
Legislative restrictions affect the information that can be provided. These include requests for data containing personal information, which will be referred to the Right to Information and Privacy Unit for assessment.
Note that Queensland Department of Communities also reports QWIC data in its role administering Domestic Violence legislation.
Has this data source changed?
Contact the ABS to report updates or corrections to the information above.