4517.0 - Prisoners in Australia, 2016 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 08/12/2016   
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KEY FINDINGS

Australian adult prisoner numbers continue to rise.
  • The number of prisoners in adult corrective services custody increased by 8% from 36,134 prisoners at 30 June, 2015 to 38,845 at 30 June, 2016.
  • The national imprisonment rate was 208 prisoners per 100,000 adult population, an increase of 6% from 196 prisoners per 100,000 adult population in 2015.

Unsentenced prisoners increase by 22 per cent.
  • The number of unsentenced prisoners in adult corrective services custody increased by 22%, from 9,898 at 30 June, 2015 to 12,111 at 30 June, 2016. This follows a 21% increase from 2014 to 2015. Sentenced prisoners increased by 2% from 26,163 to 26,649 prisoners.

Graph Image for PRISONERS, legal status, 30 June 2006 to 30 June 2016

Source(s): Prisoners in Australia



Graph Image for PROPORTION OF SENTENCED AND UNSENTENCED PRISONERS, 30 June 2006 to 30 June 2016

Source(s): Prisoners in Australia


  • The increase in unsentenced prisoners was accompanied by an increase in the median time spent on remand awaiting trial and/or sentence, which increased 7% from 2.7 to 2.9 months. Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory were the only state and territory to show decreases.

Graph Image for UNSENTENCED PRISONERS, median time on remand(a), states and territories, 30 June 2014, 30 June 2015 and 30 June 2016

Footnote(s): For information on time on remand, see Explanatory Notes paragraph 53.

Source(s): Prisoners in Australia