4515.0 - Federal Defendants, Australia, 2012-13 Quality Declaration
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Federal offences increase, federal defendants decrease
The number of federal offences finalised in Australia's criminal courts increased by nine per cent in 2012-13, despite a four per cent decrease in the number of federal defendants, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures released today.
William Milne, ABS Director of Crime and Justice Statistics, said that today's Federal Defendants publication revealed an increase in offences against justice and abduction and harassment offences. The number of offences against justice increased by 27 per cent to 19,176 offences. Abduction and harassment numbers increased by 33 per cent to 4,154 offences in 2012-13.
In total, 41,904 federal offences were finalised by the courts in 2012-13, committed by 10,454 defendants. The average number of offences per defendant increased from 3.5 in 2011-12 to 4.0 in 2012-13.
"Offences against justice was the most common offence, comprising of 46 per cent of all federal offences, followed by fraud at 25 per cent," said Mr Milne.
Over two-thirds of federal defendants were proven guilty, with three per cent acquitted. Of those defendants proven guilty, 11 per cent, or 800 defendants, were sentenced to custody in a correctional institution. A further three per cent received fully suspended sentences, while 85 per cent were given non-custodial orders such as monetary orders.
Further information can be found in Federal Defendants, Australia, 2012-13 (cat. no 4515.0), available for free download from the ABS website (www.abs.gov.au).
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