4517.0 - Prisoners in Australia, 2018 Quality Declaration 
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FEDERAL OFFENDER CHARACTERISTICS

INTRODUCTION

This summary presents statistics about prisoners serving sentences for at least one federal offence as at 30 June 2018, for all states and territories in Australia. The summary also includes parolees serving sentences for at least one federal offence as at 30 June 2018 for all states and territories apart from Victoria. This is the first time Victoria has been included in the Federal Offender collection. The inclusion of Victoria federal prisoner data was made possible by extracting information using a different method to other states and territories.

The addition of the Federal Offender collection to Prisoners in Australia, 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.

Scope

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 scope of this collection differs to that of the 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

Scope of Prisoner Census and Federal Offenders

For further information on the scope of the Federal Offenders collection, please see the Federal Offenders section of the Explanatory Notes.