4517.0 - Prisoners in Australia, 2015  
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INTRODUCTION

This summary presents statistics about prisoners and parolees serving sentences for at least one federal offence as at 30 June 2015, for New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory. The Federal Offender collection provides a more complete picture of corrective services in Australia by identifying those prisoners who are sentenced to imprisonment, or are on parole, for federal offences but are being managed by state and territory corrective service agencies.

The federal prisoners component of the Federal Offender collection is a subset of the Prisoner Census collection. It consists of all adult offenders in custody in an adult correctional institution as a sentenced prisoner with at least one offence against Commonwealth/Federal legislation, in the current episode. The current episode for an offender refers to a continuous period of imprisonment that is current at 30 June of the collection year. The current episode for a federal offender may contain only federal offences or a combination of both state and federal offences; however, for this collection, only the federal offences are in scope. In addition, the Federal Offenders collection also includes data about federal prisoners on parole (in the community) with at least one offence against Commonwealth/Federal legislation, in the current episode.

The scope of this collection differs to that of the ABS Prisoner Census collection. The Prisoner Census includes all prisoners, both sentenced and unsentenced, with either state offences, federal offences or a combination of both. The Prisoner Census also excludes parolees.

Federal offender population

Outlines the scope of the Federal Offenders collection population as detailed in the commentary above

For further information on the scope of the Federal Offenders collection, please see the Explanatory Notes, paragraphs 4–8.