4517.0 - Prisoners in Australia, 2014 Quality Declaration 
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PRISONER CHARACTERISTICS, STATES AND TERRITORIES

At 30 June 2014:

    • The adult prisoner population increased across all states and territories since 30 June 2013, with the exception of Tasmania, where it decreased by 7% (35 prisoners). Queensland experienced the largest increase in prisoner numbers (16% or 973 prisoners) followed by Victoria (14% or 772 prisoners). Prisoner numbers reached their highest since 2004 in all states and territories with the exceptions of New South Wales and Tasmania. (Table 14)

    • New South Wales had the largest adult prisoner population (31% of the total adult prisoner population or 10,566 prisoners), followed by Queensland (21% or 7,049 prisoners) and Victoria (18% or 6,112 prisoners). (Table 13)

    • The Northern Territory had the highest imprisonment rate (829.4 prisoners per 100,000 adult population) whilst Tasmania had the lowest imprisonment rate (112.0 prisoners per 100,000 adult population). (Table 18)

    • The imprisonment rate reached its highest since 2004 in Victoria (134.4 prisoners per 100,000 adult population); Queensland (192.9 prisoners per 100,000 adult population); South Australia (187.9 prisoners per 100,000 adult population); the Northern Territory (829.4 prisoners per 100,000 adult population); and the Australian Capital Territory (130.4 prisoners per 100,000 adult population). (Table 18)

    • At least half the adult prisoners in all states and territories were recorded as having had prior adult imprisonment under sentence. The Australian Capital Territory had the highest proportion of prisoners with prior imprisonment (77% or 300 prisoners) followed by the Northern Territory (71% or 1,065 prisoners). (Table 13)

    • Acts intended to cause injury was the most common offence/charge for which prisoners were in custody across all states and territories. The proportion of prisoners with a most serious offence/charge of acts intended to cause injury ranged from 16% in Victoria (973 prisoners) and South Australia (385 prisoners) to 53% (783 prisoners) in the Northern Territory. (Table 15)

    • Males accounted for over 90% of all adult prisoners across all the states and territories. (Table 13)

    • The proportion of adult prisoners who identified as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ranged from 8% in Victoria (474 prisoners) to 86% (1,279 prisoners) in the Northern Territory. (Table 13)
Graph Image for PRISONERS, state or territory

Source(s): Prisoners in Australia


Graph Image for IMPRISONMENT RATE(a), state or territory

Footnote(s): (a) Rate per 100,000 adult population. See Explanatory Notes paragraphs 46–48 and 50–53.

Source(s): Prisoners in Australia


Graph Image for PROPORTION OF PRISONERS, selected most serious offence or charge(a) by state or territory, 30 June 2014

Footnote(s): (a) For a definition of most serious offence/charge, see Explanatory Notes, paragraphs 78–80. (b) Offences against justice procedures, government security and operations.

Source(s): Prisoners in Australia