There were 75,996 offenders proceeded against by police in Victoria in 2018–19.
Principal offence type
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.