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POLICE PROCEEDINGS, SELECTED STATES AND TERRITORIES
Since 2016–17, the three largest jurisdictions with available data for total police proceedings showed slight decreases, with New South Wales down 2% (5,799 proceedings), Queensland down 5% (7,663 proceedings), and South Australia down 4% (2,326 proceedings). (Tables 26–32)
By contrast the smaller jurisdictions remained stable or showed a slight increase, with Tasmania up 2% (or 328 proceedings) and the Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory remaining stable. (Tables 26–32)
In 2017–18, across the six jurisdictions with data available the offences with the highest number of proceedings were:
Police initiated legal proceedings can be categorised as court actions or non-court actions (note these data are not available for the Northern Territory and non-court action data are not available for Victoria; see Explanatory Notes).
Between 2016–17 and 2017–18, the largest decrease in the number of court actions was seen in Queensland, down 5% (7341 proceedings). (Table 28)
The decrease in Queensland was mainly due to:
Decreases in court actions were also seen in Victoria (down 2,712 proceedings or 3%) and South Australia (down 622 proceedings or 2%). (Tables 27 and 29)
By contrast, increases in the number of court actions were seen in Tasmania (up 742 proceedings or 7%), New South Wales (up 672 proceedings or less than 1%), and the Australian Capital Territory (up 113 proceedings or 5%). (Tables 26, 30 and 32)
POLICE PROCEEDINGS, Court actions by selected states and territories(a), 2008–09 to 2017–18
Footnotes: (a) Data for Western Australia and Northern Territory not published (see Explanatory Notes). (b) Data for the period 2008–09 to 2013–14 are not comparable to the data for 2014–15 and subsequent years (see Explanatory Notes). (c) Data for the period 2008–09 to 2014–15 are overstated (see Explanatory Notes).
Australian Bureau of Statistics
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Across most jurisdictions with available data in 2017–18, the offences with the highest number of court action proceedings were:
Between 2016–17 and 2017–18, decreases were recorded across all states and territories with available data for non-court actions, with the largest in:
For New South Wales the largest decrease was for Public order offences (down 3,644 proceedings or 13%) and Offences against justice (down 1,351 proceedings or 26%). These were partially offset by an increase in Miscellaneous offences (up 2,000 proceedings or 43%). (Table 26)
Across most jurisdictions with available data in 2017–18, the offences with the highest number of non-court action proceedings were:
Public order offences were more likely to result in a non-court action in all jurisdictions except for Queensland, where there were 14,152 court actions compared to 11,891 non-court action proceedings. (Tables 26–32)
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