4519.0 - Recorded Crime - Offenders, 2018-19 Quality Declaration 
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Police proceedings, Selected states and territories

The number of police proceedings decreased across nearly all the published states and territories1, with the exception of Queensland which increased by 1%.

The total number of police proceedings recorded in 2018–19 were:

  • 230,482 in New South Wales
  • 163,362 in Queensland
  • 114,515 in Victoria
  • 63,855 in South Australia
  • 17,453 in the Northern Territory
  • 15,044 in Tasmania
  • 3,221 in the Australian Capital Territory

The most common principal offences proceeded against by police were:
  • Acts intended to cause injury in New South Wales (16%), Victoria (19%) and the Australian Capital Territory (23%)
  • Illicit drug offences in Queensland (25%) and South Australia (33%)
  • Public order offences in Tasmania (22%) and the Northern Territory (42%)


Court actions

The majority of police proceedings were court actions across the published states and territories2, with the exception of New South Wales. The proportion of court actions by total proceedings were:
  • 82% in Queensland
  • 77% in the Australian Capital Territory
  • 71% in Victoria
  • 69% in Tasmania
  • 46% in New South Wales

The most common principal offences for court proceedings were:
  • Acts intended to cause injury in New South Wales (33%), Victoria (25%), Tasmania (23%) and the Australian Capital Territory (28%)
  • Illicit drug offences in Queensland (25%)


Non-court actions

The number of non-court actions decreased across all published2 states and territories.

The most common principal offences for non-court action proceedings were:
  • Public order offences in New South Wales (17%), Victoria (38%), Tasmania (54%) and Queensland (38%)
  • Illicit drug offences in the Australian Capital Territory (30%)


1 Data relating to police proceedings for Western Australia are not included in this publication, see explanatory notes for further information.
2 Data relating to method of proceeding (court or non-court action) for the Northern Territory and South Australia are not included in this publication, see explanatory notes for further information.