4519.0 - Recorded Crime - Offenders, 2012-13 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 27/02/2014   
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Non-court actions comprise legal actions such as informal or formal cautions/warnings, conferencing, counselling such as drug diversionary schemes, or the issuing of penalty or infringement notices, which do not require an appearance at court.

The number of non-court actions increased between 2011-12 and 2012-13 in the following states and territories:
  • New South Wales (9,369, or 12%);
  • South Australia (6,407, or 38%);
  • Victoria (4,695, or 8%); and
  • Northern Territory (1,695, or 26%).

Decreases in the number of non-court actions were recorded in:
  • Queensland (2,357, or 8%);
  • Tasmania (2,178, or 23%); and
  • Australian Capital Territory (164, or 9%). (Tables 21 – 27)

Principal offence

Public order offences was the most prevalent principal offence for non-court proceedings for all selected states and territories, except New South Wales and South Australia. Of all non-court police proceedings, Public order offences accounted for:
  • 85% (or 6,946 proceedings) in the Northern Territory;
  • 57% (or 4,147 proceedings) in Tasmania;
  • 48% (or 781 proceedings) in the Australian Capital Territory;
  • 40% (or 10,521 proceedings) in Queensland; and
  • 32% (or 18,341 proceedings) in Victoria.

The most prevalent principal offence for non-court proceedings in New South Wales was Theft (39%, or 35,502) and in South Australia was Illicit drug offences (55%, or 12,878). (Tables 21 – 27)

Graph Image for POLICE PROCEEDINGS - NON-COURT ACTIONS, Proportion by selected principal offence by selected states and territories(a)

Footnote(s): (a) Excludes Western Australia (see Explanatory Notes paragraph 63). (b) South Australian data may be overstated (see Explanatory Notes paragraphs 60–61). (c) Australian Capital Territory data may be overstated (see Explanatory Notes paragraphs 70–71).

Source(s): Recorded Crime - Offenders