This release presents information from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2013-14 national Crime Victimisation Survey, which is the sixth in the annual series.
The survey collected data, via personal interview, about people’s experiences of crime victimisation for a selected range of personal and household crimes. The survey also collected data about whether persons experiencing crime reported these incidents to police, selected characteristics of persons experiencing crime, and selected characteristics of the most recent incident they experienced.
At the national level, the results showed that:
In the 12 months prior to interview in 2013-14, of the 18.5 million persons aged 15 years and over in Australia:
- 418,200 (2.3%) experienced at least one physical assault
- 538,500 (2.9%) experienced at least one threatened assault, including face-to-face and non face-to-face threatened assaults
- 65,600 (0.4%) experienced at least one robbery
- Of the 17.6 million person aged 18 years and over, 48,300 (0.3%) experienced at least one sexual assault.
Australians were more likely to experience face-to-face threatened assault than any of the other selected personal crime types. Physical assault was the second most frequent personal crime type experienced in 2013-14.
In the 12 months prior to interview in 2013-14, of the 8.8 million households in Australia:
- 528,900 (6.0%) households experienced at least one incident of malicious property damage
- 258,800 (2.9%) households experienced at least one theft from a motor vehicle
- 238,800 (2.7%) households experienced at least one incident of other theft
- 228,900 (2.6%) households experienced at least one break-in to their home, garage or shed
- 170,800 (1.9%) households experienced at least one attempted break-in to their home, garage or shed
- 54,400 (0.6%) households had at least one motor vehicle stolen.
Households were more likely to experience malicious property damage than any other of the selected household crimes and less likely to experience motor vehicle theft than any of the other types of household crime.