4515.0 - Federal Defendants, Australia, 2013-14 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/06/2015   
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Of the 10,386 federal defendants that were finalised in Australia’s criminal courts in 2013-14:
  • one-third (33%) were finalised in New South Wales (3,409 defendants);
  • over one-quarter (27%) were finalised in Victoria (2,786 defendants); and
  • one-fifth (21%) were finalised in Queensland (2,192 defendants). (Tables 13–15)
Graph Image for PROPORTION OF FEDERAL DEFENDANTS FINALISED, States and territories, 2012-13 to 2013-14

Source(s): Federal Defendants, Australia

In 2013-14, the median age of federal defendants finalised varied across the jurisdictions ranging from:
  • 31 years in the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital territory; to
  • 42 years in South Australia. (Tables 13–20)
Across the states and territories, males accounted for the largest proportion of federal defendants finalised, ranging from:
  • 81% in the Northern Territory (113 defendants); to
  • 52% in Tasmania (74 defendants). (Tables 13–20)
The most common principal federal offence for the finalised population varied across states and territories as follows:
  • in New South Wales and Victoria the most common principal offence was Abduction, harassment and other offences against the person (33% and 35% respectively);
  • in Western Australia and Queensland the most common principal offence was Offences against justice procedures, government security and government operations (41% and 30% respectively);
  • Fraud, deception and related offences was the most common principal offence in Tasmania (49%) and South Australia (31%);
  • more than one-third of federal defendants finalised in the Northern Territory (36%) had a principal federal offence of Miscellaneous offences; and
  • three-quarters (77%) of federal defendants finalised in the Australian Capital Territory had a principal offence of Traffic and vehicle regulatory offences. These offences largely related to parking infringements issued under federal legislation (see Explanatory Notes paragraph 54 for more details). (Tables 13–20)