The following analysis on police proceedings is based on the aggregate data for all jurisdictions, except Western Australia. National data are not available for police proceedings counts. For more information see Explanatory Notes paragraphs 56-57.
Excluding Western Australia, there were 489,490 police-initiated proceedings during 2010-11, an increase of 0.7% (3,399) from 2009-10. The majority of proceedings in 2010-11 were police-initiated court actions (60%), however non-court police proceedings increased from 35% in 2009-10 to 40% in 2010-11. (Table 4.1)
Selected principal offence -
combined selected states and territories(a)
Excluding Western Australia, police initiated 292,754 court actions against offenders during 2010-11, a 7% (22,180) decrease from 2009-10. Acts intended to cause injury comprised the largest proportion of court proceedings for all jurisdictions except Queensland. Court proceedings for Acts intended to cause injury accounted for:
- 37% of all proceedings in New South Wales;
- 36% in Northern Territory;
- 31% in the Australian Capital Territory;
- 26% in Victoria;
- 23% in South Australia; and
- 20% in Tasmania.
In Queensland, the most prevalent offence type for court proceedings was Public order offences (22%). (Table 4.2)
Police proceedings - court actions,
Selected principal offence by selected states and territories(a)