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1370.0 - Measures of Australia's Progress, 2010  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 15/09/2010   
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Crime

Victims of assault - by state and territory - 2008-09
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Footnote(s): (a) Includes both face-to-face and non face-to-face incidents. (b) Refers to mainly urban areas. See endnote 1.

Source(s): ABS Crime Victimisation, Australia, 2008-09 (cat. no. 4530.0)

Offender rate - by state and territory(a) - 2007-08 and 2008-09
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Footnote(s): (a) Rate per 100,000 people aged 10 years and over. (b) South Australian and Australian data may be overstated and Victorian and Australian data are understated. See Crime glossary for more information on Cannabis Expiation Notices, General Expiation Notices and infringement notices.

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

STATES AND TERRITORIES

Comparisons of victimisation and offender rates across states and territories may be useful in evaluating the availability, accessibility and/or effectiveness of various crime prevention and reduction strategies. However, comparisons between states and territories may be affected by differences in legislation, and in administrative or organisational arrangements.

People living in the Northern Territory were most likely to be victims of physical assault in 2008-09 compared to other states or the ACT, with 5.7% of people falling victim to at least one physical assault (Endnote 1). People in New South Wales, South Australia and Australian Capital Territory were the least likely to be victims of physical assault (2.8% for each).

In 2008-09 the Northern Territory had the highest victimisation rate for threatened assault (8.2%) (Endnote 1).

The Northern Territory also had high offender rates in comparison to other states and territories. In 2008-09, the offender rate in the Northern Territory was 4,832 offenders per 100,000 people aged 10 years and over. In Tasmania, the offender rate was also high with 2,785 offenders per 100,000 people aged 10 years and over.

The Australian Capital Territory had the lowest offender rate of all states and territories (1,096 per 100,000 people aged 10 years and over) in 2008-09.

ENDNOTES

  1. The 2008-09 Crime Victimisation Survey was conducted in both urban and rural areas in all states and territories, but excluded people living in very remote parts of Australia. The exclusion of these people is expected to have only a minor impact on any aggregate estimates that are produced for individual states and territories, except in the Northern Territory where such people account for around 23% of the population.

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