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This publication presents national crime statistics relating to victims of a selected range of offences that have been recorded by state and territory police agencies. These statistics provide indicators of the level and nature of recorded crime victimisation in Australia and a basis for measuring change over time. As not all crimes are reported to or recorded by police, other data sources can assist in providing a more comprehensive view of crime levels in society.
The statistics contained in this publication are derived from administrative systems maintained by state and territory police. Although national standards and classifications are used, differences over time in the level of recorded crime may reflect factors other than a change in the incidence of crime. Details of differences that impact on the statistics are in the Explanatory Notes paragraphs 36–50.
The 2011 publication marks the first year where time series data are available following the break in series prior to the 2010 publication. Comparisons should not be made between data published prior to the Recorded Crime, Victims 2010 publication, released in 2011.
As part of the ABS ongoing commitment to ensuring national data comparability and quality, it has been determined that assault data will only be available for those jurisdictions deemed to be fully complying with the National Crime Recording Standard. For further information see the Explanatory Notes paragraphs 36–47.
More information about the Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS) activities in the field of crime and justice statistics is available from the Crime and Justice theme page on the ABS website. Details of other ABS publications relating to crime and justice statistics can be found in paragraph 82 of the Explanatory Notes.
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