4530.0 - Crime Victimisation, Australia, 2012-13 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 12/02/2014   
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ROBBERY Endnote 1


In this survey, robbery is defined as an act of stealing (or attempting to steal) property from a person by physically attacking them or threatening them with force or violence. It includes incidents where the person was threatened in their line of work.

Robbery excludes pick pocketing or other types of theft that did not involve physical or threatened violence.

Victims of robbery are also included in the physical assault and threatened assault estimates, in instances where they were actually assaulted or threatened with assault.

WHO EXPERIENCED ROBBERY IN 2012-13? (see Data cube 3, Table 14)

During the 12 months prior to interview, an estimated 65,700 (0.4%) Australians aged 15 years and over were victims of at least one robbery. This included 0.6% of males (50,200 victims) and 0.2% of females (15,500 victims).

REPORTING RATE (see Data cube 3, Table 15)

Around half (50% or 32,700 persons) of all victims of robbery reported the most recent incident to police.


This section discusses characteristics of the most recent incident for persons who were victims of robbery in the 12 months prior to interview.

In the most recent incident of robbery experienced by victims:

  • the offender was more likely to be male (for 82% of victims) than female (for 3.5% of victims)
  • just under a third occurred in the street or other open land (for 33% of victims)
  • nearly three-quarters involved the use of a weapon (74% of victims)
  • the incident involved an attempt to steal property only for nearly three in five victims (60% of victims), whereas two in five victims actually had property stolen (40% of victims).

1 All comparisons discussed have been tested for statistical significance with a 95% level of confidence that there is a real difference between the two populations being tested. Only data with a relative standard error (RSE) of less than 25% is referred to in the text of this publication. For further information, refer to the Technical Note.