4519.0 - Recorded Crime - Offenders, 2015-16  
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This chapter presents information for each state and territory about the characteristics of offenders aged 10 years and over who were proceeded against by police during the period 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016. Characteristics of the offenders include sex and age, as well as the principal offence for which an offender was proceeded against by police.

The population used in the calculation of offender rates is for persons aged 10 years and over. Where rates are presented by jurisdiction, sex, age or Indigenous Status, the rates are calculated using the population of the relevant group. For example, the statement '1,918 offenders per 100,000 persons' should be read as '1,918 offenders per 100,000 persons in the relevant group aged 10 years and over'.

Certain offences are excluded from the Recorded Crime – Offenders collection. For further information about the scope and counting methodology of the collection refer to paragraphs 3–15 of the Explanatory Notes.

In this collection, national statistical standards and counting rules have been applied to facilitate comparisons of states and territories. However, some legislative and processing differences remain. For differences in legislation, processes or polices between states and territories, refer to paragraphs 50–82 of the Explanatory Notes.