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The Recorded Crime - Victims collection is conducted annually for a selected range of offences recorded by police during the reference period of 1 January - 31 December. Information from the collection is generally released within six months of the reference period.
The collection has been designed to facilitate comparisons of states and territories through the application of national statistical standards and counting rules. However, some legislative and processing differences remain which may include different recording practices, legislation or policy across the various jurisdictions, including pro-active policing campaigns to encourage reporting by the public.
The NCRS was developed in collaboration with police agencies across Australia as a result of findings from the Differences in Recorded Crime Statistics Project (DiRCS). It was designed to guide the recording and counting of criminal incidents for statistical purposes and address a lack of uniform practices in initial police recording processes.
In evaluating the implementation of the NCRS and possible statistical impacts in Recorded Crime - Victims, the ABS compared these data with state and territory data obtained from Crime Victimisation, Australia (cat. no. 4530.0). It was observed that assault data provided by police may have residual differences between jurisdictions that affect comparability. As a result, assault data will only be available for those jurisdictions complying with the NCRS: New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory.
For national estimates of assault data the ABS recommends that Crime Victimisation, Australia is used. This data is collected in a uniform way across jurisdictions, and provides comparable data for all states and territories.
The NCRS has been developed to address the lack of uniformity in initial police recording processes across jurisdictions. This standard complements the already established classifications and counting rules for the Recorded Crime - Victims.
Offences for the 2014 reference period are classified in accordance with Australian and New Zealand Standard Offence Classification (ANZSOC) and a set of national counting rules to establish the number of victims. Due to differing scope and counting rules, the data in the Recorded Crime - Victims may not be comparable to data published in other national and state/territory publications.
Recorded Crime - Victims contains detailed Explanatory Notes, Appendices and a Glossary which detail the counting rules, terminology, classifications and other technical aspects associated with these statistics.
If the information you require is not available from the publication or the data cubes included with in the publication, then the National Centre for Crime and Justice Statistics (NCCJS) may be able to help you with a customised service to suit your needs. Email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
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