CHANGES TO VICTIM COUNTS AND OFFENCE DATA
The Australian Standard Offence Classification (ASOC) provides a basis for the standardised collection, analysis and dissemination of offence data within crime and justice statistics. From the 2009 reference period, offence data from the Recorded Crime - Victims collection will be based on the revised edition of the Australian Standard Offence Classification (ASOC), 2008 (second edition) (cat. no. 1234.0). Offence data for previous years are based on ASOC 1997 (the first edition). Refer to Explanatory Notes paragraph 25.
From 2009, the Recorded Crime - Victims collection will exclude victim counts for outcomes of investigations determined as 'no crime' where these can be identified. 'No crime' refers to instances where after investigation by police it is determined that no crime was committed. Outcomes of investigations were reviewed as part of the development of the ABS National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS); in order to obtain improved consistency across jurisdictions the standard excludes data determined as 'no crime' after a police investigation. For more information about the NCRS refer to paragraphs 18-20 of the Explanatory Notes.