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National Corrective Services Statistical Unit
Quarterly Custodial Collection
The December quarter 1998 Corrective Services Australia publication (ABS Catalogue No. 4512.0) has just been released. This publication is now in its fourth issue and contains results for the year 1998. See Main Features for Corrective Services, Australia, December Quarter 1998 ( ABS Catalogue No. 4512.0) for the Summary of Findings for the current issue.
Major findings of the December quarter publication were:
The NCSSU will soon ask each State and Territory Corrections Agency for data for a national Community-Based Corrections (CBC) collection. The NCSSU's Advisory Group has been involved in the development of this collection on a consultative basis and will continue to be approached for comment as data and further investigative results become available.
The framework for the collection has been largely settled upon, and contains the following features:
National Corrections Advisory Group Meeting
In February 1999 staff of the NCSSU attended the meeting of the National Corrections Advisory Group (NCAG) in Hobart. This involved NCSSU staff in discussions relating to the Review of Government Service Provision and the NCAG benchmarking process. NCSSU staff took the opportunity to raise several issues relating to the NCSSU's own work program.
During this meeting NCAG members discussed the revised statistical framework for CBCs, and some Prisoner Census issues relating to timing and content. This further confirmed the basis on which the NCSSU's work is informed and influenced by Agency policies.
The 1997 Prisoner Census report (Prisoners in Australia) was released in September 1998, nine months after the release of the previous Census publication. The 1998 Census report is due for release at the end of May 1999. This report will include revised Country of Birth statistics, which have been absent from reports since the 1994 report due to problems with data quality.
During 1999 and 2000 work will be done to expand the existing national corrective services statistical framework to incorporate the Prisoner Census. This work will involve revision of the collection to standardise data across jurisdictions, and to bring the collection into line with the revised Quarterly Custodial Collection. The NCSSU is aiming to release the 30 June 1999 Prisoner Census publication as an ABS catalogued release, subject to satisfactory statistical standards being achieved. The expected release date is June 2000.
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