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1370.0 - Measures of Australia's Progress, 2010  
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Repeat offenders(a) - 2008-09
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Footnote(s): (a) Proportion of all offenders. (b) Victorian data may be understated as infringement notices are excluded. See Crime glossary. (c) South Australia and Australian data may be overstated. See Crime glossary for more information on Cannabis Expiation Notices and General Expiation Notices. (d) Excludes Western Australia, hence national data are not available for police proceedings counts. See endnote 1.

Source(s): ABS Recorded Crime - Offenders, 2008-09 (cat. no. 4519.0)


Repeat offenders of crime represent a significant problem for the justice system as well as for wider society through financial loss or property damage for victims, or through reduced feelings of safety associated with repeated criminal behaviour.

In 2008-09, excluding Western Australia, nearly three-quarters (74%) of offenders had one police proceeding against them, 15% had two police proceedings, 5.6% had three, 2.7% had four and 3.5% had five or more proceedings (Endnote 1).


  1. Western Australia police utilise two separate offender recording systems for police purposes. The data for the Recorded Crime - Offenders collection is sourced from both systems. Data were successfully matched between the two systems to enable the production of offender counts and associated demographic and offence information. Data on police proceedings, however, could not be matched between these two systems resulting in an overestimate of the number of proceedings. Therefore data about police proceedings are not published. This has resulted in national data not being available.


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