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ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION
This publication presents statistics relating to offenders who were proceeded against by police during the period 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013. Data were derived from administrative systems maintained by state and territory police. Data have been compiled according to national standards in order to maximise consistency between the states and territories. These statistics describe 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.
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
Offender rates in this publication have been calculated using final rebased Estimated Resident Population (ERP) data based on the 2011 Census of Population and Housing. Offender rates for the reference periods 2008-09 to 2011-12 have been recalculated and are on a consistent basis. Offender rates for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population are calculated using ERP data based on the 2006 Census of Population and Housing. These rates will be revised in the 2013-14 edition of this publication following the April 2014 release of the 2011 based ERP estimates and projections for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.
National data tables and commentary are included in this publication.
Discrepancies may occur between sums of component items and totals across tables due to rounding and randomisation.
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 Related Information tab, for information of other non-ABS publications refer to paragraph 84 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 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.
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