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The number of youth offenders also decreased in South Australia by 648 offenders or 15%, however this was due to a shift in responsibility for Fare evasion proceedings to a non-police agency (see Explanatory Notes). (Table 20)
YOUTH OFFENDER RATE(a), Selected states and territories(b), 2017–18
Footnotes: (a) Rate per 100,000 persons aged 10–17 years for the state/territory of interest (see Explanatory Notes). (b) Victorian data not published (see Explanatory Notes).
Australian Bureau of Statistics
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The number of youth offenders with a principle offence of Acts intended to cause injury increased for the third consecutive year to 9,438 youth offenders, up from 8,773 in 2016–17. (Table 18)
However, since the beginning of the time series in 2008–09, the rate of youth offenders for Acts intended to cause injury decreased from 525 to 400 offenders per 100,000 persons in 2017–18. (Table 18)
Acts intended to cause injury was the most common principle offence for youth offenders in 2017–18 for:
Robbery/extortion increased for the second consecutive year to the highest number (1,289 offenders) since 2011–12, increasing by 25% (or 258 offenders) from 2016–17. The states that contributed to the increase the most were: Queensland (up 123 offenders), New South Wales (up 66 offenders) and Victoria (up 56 offenders). (Tables 18 and 20)
In 2017–18, for every one female youth offender there were:
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