4519.0 - Recorded Crime - Offenders, 2018-19 Quality Declaration 
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offenders

The number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offenders1 proceeded against by police in 2018–19 was:

  • 17,336 in Queensland
  • 12,753 in New South Wales
  • 4,743 in the Northern Territory
  • 4,322 in South Australia
  • 312 in the Australian Capital Territory

The number of offenders decreased in:
  • the Northern Territory (down 5%)
  • the Australian Capital Territory (down 4%)
  • Queensland (down less than 1%)

Acts intended to cause injury was the most common principal offence across all jurisdictions2.


Sex

Around three-quarters of offenders were male2, this is consistent throughout the time series:
  • 79% in Northern Territory
  • 76% in the Australian Capital Territory
  • 72% in New South Wales
  • 69% in South Australia
  • 67% in Queensland


Age

In 2018–19, over a third of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offenders were aged under 25 years across each state and territory for which data are available:
  • Queensland (44% or 7,695 offenders)
  • New South Wales (42% or 5,341 offenders)
  • Northern Territory (36% or 1,714 offenders)
  • South Australia (33% or 1,445 offenders)
  • Australian Capital Territory (33% or 103 offenders)

The mean age of offenders ranged from 29 years for Queensland and New South Wales up to 31 years for both South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory.


Times proceeded against in the last 12 months

The mean number of times Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offenders were proceeded against were:
  • 2.6 times in New South Wales
  • 2.4 times in Queensland
  • 2.1 times in South Australia
  • 1.9 times in Northern Territory
  • 1.8 times in the Australian Capital Territory


1 Data presented in this chapter does not cover the whole Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offender population, rather it presents information about a subset of offenders, excluding those who were proceeded against via a penalty notice (see explanatory notes).
2 For available jurisdictions (see explanatory notes).