4519.0 - Recorded Crime - Offenders, 2018-19 Quality Declaration 
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Western Australia

There were 39,415 offenders proceeded against in Western Australia in 2018–19.

Principal offence type

  • More than a fifth (22%) of offenders had a principal offence that was illicit drug related, the majority of the illicit drug offences were possess and/or use illicit drugs (58%).
  • Homicide and related offences increased by 46% (37 offenders), driven by an increase in offenders proceeded against by police for murder.

  • The male offender rate was 2,536 per 100,000 males, the female offender rate was 942 per 100,000 females.
  • 72% of offenders were male, compared with the national total of 76%.
  • Over one in five male offenders (22%) and female offenders (23%) had a principal offence that was illicit drug related.

Youth offenders
  • There were 5,989 youth offenders.
  • Youth offenders decreased by 9% since 2017-18, compared with 7% nationally.
  • The youth offender rate was 2,349 offenders per 100,000 persons which was the lowest rate in the time series.
  • Almost a fifth of youth offenders had a principal offence of theft, compared with more than a tenth for the total Western Australia offender population.