4510.0 - Recorded Crime - Victims, Australia, 2018 Quality Declaration 
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Victims of Crime, Australia

Homicide and related offences

The number of victims of Homicide and related offences across Australia decreased from 432 victims in 2017 to 375 victims in 2018 (down 57 victims or 13%). This was the lowest number since the beginning of the current time series in 2010. (Table 1)

The following states and territories contributed the most to the decrease since 2017:

  • Victoria (down 60 victims)
  • South Australia (down 20 victims)
  • Queensland (down 11 victims) (Table 6)

The change in Homicide was due to the decreases in:
  • Attempted murder (down 54 victims or 31%)
  • Manslaughter (down 15 victims or 33%) (Table 1)

Across Australia in 2018, the number of victims of Murder increased by 12 to 222 victims. (Table 1)

Murder and Attempted murder shared several characteristics:
  • The majority of Murders (74%) and Attempted murders (66%) took place at a residential location
  • Around two in three victims of Murder (62%) and Attempted murder (66%) were male
  • The majority of both Murders (69%) and Attempted murders (76%) involved the use of a weapon (Tables 2–4)


Sexual assault

The number of Sexual assault victims recorded by police increased by 2% across Australia, from 25,837 victims in 2017 to 26,312 victims in 2018. (Table 1)

Consistent with previous years, in 2018:
  • The majority of Sexual assaults occurred at a residential location (65% or 17,006 victims)
  • Most Sexual assault victims were female (84% or 22,097 victims)
  • A quarter of all Sexual assault victims were aged between 15 and 19 years (26% or 6,783 victims) (Tables 2 and 3)

The highest rate of Sexual assault victimisation was recorded in the Northern Territory at 147 victims per 100,000 persons. The lowest was Tasmania with 34 victims per 100,000 persons in 2018. (Table 6)

The following states and territories contributed to the national increase in Sexual assault:
  • New South Wales (up 394 victims or 4%)
  • Western Australia (up 132 victims or 5%)
  • Queensland (up 98 victims or 2%)
  • South Australia (up 27 victims or 2%)
  • Australian Capital Territory (up 6 victims or 2%) (Table 6)

This was the highest number of Sexual assaults recorded since the beginning of the data series in 2010, and was the seventh consecutive year the number of Sexual assault victims reported to police has increased. After accounting for population growth, the victimisation rate also increased from 86 victims of Sexual assault per 100,000 persons in 2010 to 105 victims of Sexual assault per 100,000 persons in 2018. (Table 1)


Robbery

In 2018 the number of victims of Robbery recorded increased by 6% to 10,120 victims, from 9,592 victims in 2017. (Table 1)

The following states and territories contributed to the national increase:
  • Queensland (up 350 victims or 19%)
  • New South Wales (up 141 victims or 5%)
  • Western Australia (up 98 victims or 9%)
  • South Australia (up 49 victims or 11%)
  • Northern Territory (up 30 victims 30%)
  • Tasmania (up 12 victims or 14%) (Table 6)

In 2018 44% of Armed robberies involved a knife (2,138 victims), while a firearm was used for 13% (618 victims). (Tables 3–4)


Unlawful entry with intent

In 2018 there were 168,031 victims of Unlawful entry with intent, which was a 5% (8,255 victims) decrease from the previous year. (Table 1)

This was the lowest number recorded since the beginning of the current time series, starting in 2010. (Table 1)

The following states and territories recorded the lowest number of Unlawful entry with intent victims since 2010:
  • Victoria (38,598 victims)
  • New South Wales (36,684 victims)
  • Western Australia (30,788 victims)
  • Tasmania (2,995 victims) (Table 6)

Unlawful entry with intent most commonly occurred at a residential location, accounting for around 70% of victims across all years since the beginning of the time series in 2010. (Table 3)


Motor vehicle theft

Motor vehicle theft increased nationally by 2% or 864 victims in 2018. Over half of the 53,305 Motor vehicles that were stolen in 2018 were taken from a residential location (53% or 28,084 victims). The second most commonly reported location was a street or footpath (26% or 13,552 victims). (Tables 1 and 3)

Motor vehicle theft increased for the following states and territories:
  • Queensland (up 1,647 victims or 15%)
  • South Australia (up 374 victims or 12%)
  • Northern Territory (up 29 victims or 4%) (Table 6)

Motor vehicle theft decreased for the following states and territories:
  • Western Australia (down 516 victims or 7%)
  • Australian Capital Territory (down 303 victims or 22%)
  • Tasmania (down 282 victims or 22%)
  • New South Wales (down 87 victims or 1%) (Table 6)

The number of victims of Motor vehicle theft in Victoria remained relatively stable (up 6 victims or less than 1%) (Table 6)


Other theft

The number of victims of Other theft offences (which include the unauthorised taking or use of goods and services from a person, premises or motor vehicle) increased by 3% in 2018, from 510,392 victims in 2017 to 527,434. More than a third of these thefts (37%) occurred from a retail location (196,647 victims), nearly one in three (31%) occurred from a residential location (164,028 victims). (Tables 1 and 3)

The number of victims of Other theft increased in most states and territories; the largest increased occurred in:
  • Queensland (up 11,681 victims or 10%)
  • Victoria (up 6,899 victims or 6%)
  • South Australia (up 5,246 victims or 14%)
  • New South Wales (up 707 victims or less than 1%)