STATE AND TERRITORY PROFILES
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 2017 to 30 June 2018. Characteristics of the offenders include sex and age, as well as the principal offence for which an offender was proceeded against by police.
Offender rates presented in this edition are calculated using Estimated Resident Population (ERP) data (derived from Australian Demographic Statistics (cat. no. 3101.0)) and expressed as the number of offenders per 100,000 population 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'.
Note: Victorian data are understated for 2017–18 as data for / about offenders proceeded against via penalty notice were not available for the full reference period at the time of publication. As a result, the 2017–18 total offender count for Victoria and data for selected principal offences are not comparable with data from previous years and other states and territories.
For further information about the data refer to the Explanatory Notes.