ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION
This publication presents statistics relating to offenders who were proceeded against by police during the period 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012. These statistics have been derived from administrative systems maintained by state and territory police. Data are presented on the characteristics of the offender, including the principal offence for which offenders are proceeded against. Data are also presented on the number of police-initiated court and non-court actions against offenders. In order to maximise consistency between the states and territories data have been compiled according to national standards.
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
The contents of this publication are presented within each tab of the web page. A brief summary of the findings from the data is included in the Summary tab. All tables are available in spreadsheet format from the Downloads tab. Information on the data sources, counting rules and terminology, classifications and other technical aspects associated with this collection are included in the Explanatory Notes, Appendices and Glossary. A separate PDF version of this publication has not been produced.
For the first time in this publication, counts of Criminal Infringement Notices (CINs) have been published for the Australian Capital Territory. The issuing of CINs was introduced on 24 December 2009. The offences for which CINs are issued are not recorded on the primary ACT Police recording system and were not previously available for inclusion in this collection. The 2009-10 and 2010-11 data have been revised to include CINs data in this release. For more information, refer to paragraphs 70-71 of the Explanatory Notes.
National data are not presented in this publication. Under the NSW Young Offenders Act 1997, data for offenders in New South Wales who were proceeded against under this Act are not able to be provided to the ABS. New South Wales data presented in this publication exclude offenders who were proceeded against under this Act and are not comparable with the other states and territories. As a result it has not been possible to present national data, and tables and commentary on New South Wales offenders are presented separately at the end of each chapter. For further information, refer to paragraphs 45-47 of the Explanatory Notes.
Discrepancies may occur across tables between sums of component items and totals due to rounding and randomisation applied to protect the confidentiality of individuals.
INFORMATION ON ABS CRIME AND JUSTICE
More information about 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 paragraphs 80-81 of the Explanatory Notes.
The ABS acknowledges the valuable contribution of the Board of Management of the National Crime Statistics Unit (NCSU) and the staff of the various agencies that provide the data that are presented in this publication.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.