Australian born prisoners accounted for four in every five prisoners (81% or 34,973 prisoners).
Overseas born persons accounted for 17% of all prisoners and just over one-third (35%) of the Australian population aged 18 years and over. (Table 22 and unpublished data from ABS cat. no. 3101.0Australian Demographic Statistics)
The most common countries of birth for overseas born prisoners were New Zealand (3% of total prisoners), Vietnam (2%), and the United Kingdom (2%). (Table 7 & 22)
Victoria had the highest proportion of overseas born prisoners (25% or 1,930 prisoners). Of these, the most common country of birth was Vietnam (18% of overseas born prisoners or 340 prisoners).
Footnote(s): (a) Includes Channel Islands and Isle of Man; (b) Excludes SARs and Taiwan province; (c)Includes Sudan and South Sudan.
Source(s): Prisoners in Australia
In relation to the three most common offences as at 30 June 2018:
Acts intended to cause injury was the most common offence for prisoners born in New Zealand (21% of New Zealand born prisoners) and Sudan (35% of Sudanese born prisoners).
Illicit drug offences were the most common offence for prisoners born in Hong Kong (80%), Vietnam (74%), Malaysia (65%) and China (57%).
Sexual assault and related offences were the most common offence for prisoners born in the United Kingdom, representing 28% of all prisoners born in the United Kingdom. (Table 7)
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