4519.0 - Recorded Crime - Offenders, 2018-19 Quality Declaration 
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Youth offenders

There were 49,180 youth offenders proceeded against by police in 2018–19, at a rate of 2,045 offenders per 100,000 persons aged between 10 and 17 years. The youth offender rate decreased to the lowest in the time series.

Youth offender rate(a)
Graph: Youth offender rate(a)
Footnote: (a) Youth offenders are persons aged 10 to 17 years. Rate per 100,000 persons aged 10–17 years (see explanatory notes).

Commonwealth of Australia 2020

Principal offence type

  • Around one in five youth offenders had a principal offence of acts intended to cause injury, of that 96% were for assault.
  • The number of youth offenders with a principal offence of robbery/extortion increased by 21% to 1,521 offenders.

  • The female youth offender rate was one and a half times higher than the total female offender rate (1,285 per 100,000 females aged between 10 and 17, and 856 per 100,000 females respectively).
  • Almost a third of youth offenders were female (31%), compared with almost a quarter of total female offenders (24%).
  • The male youth offender rate was consistent with the total male offender rate (2,758 per 100,000 males aged between 10 and 17, and 2,751 per 100,000 males respectively).