4519.0 - Recorded Crime - Offenders, 2018-19 Quality Declaration 
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There were 75,996 offenders proceeded against by police in Victoria in 2018–19.

  • There was a 2% decrease in the number of offenders since the previous year.
  • The offender rate decreased by 55 offenders to 1,331 offenders per 100,000 persons.

Principal offence type
  • Around one in five offenders (22%) had a principal offence of assault.
  • Illicit drug offences increased by 9% to 9,385 offenders, mainly due to increases in possess and/or use illicit drugs (up 601 offenders) and manufacture or cultivate illicit drugs (up 147 offenders).
  • Public order offences decreased by 14% (or 1,463 offenders).

  • 79% of offenders were male, compared with 76% nationally.
  • The male offender rate was almost four times the female offender rate with 2,121 male offenders per 100,000 males and 564 female offenders per 100,000 females.
  • Acts intended to cause injury was the most common principal offence for male offenders (23%), while theft was the most common principal offence for female offenders (23%).

Youth offenders
  • Youth offenders decreased by 2% to 8,182 offenders between 2017–18 and 2018–19.
  • This was the lowest number since the beginning of the time series in 2008–09.
  • Almost a quarter (23%) of youth offenders had a principal offence of acts intended to cause injury.

Police proceedings
  • There were 114,515 police proceedings.
  • 71% (81,505) of police proceedings were court actions.
  • A quarter of court actions (25%) were for the principal offence of acts intended to cause injury.
  • More than one in three non-court actions (38%) were for a principal offence that was public order related.