4530.0 - Crime Victimisation, Australia, 2012-13 Quality Declaration 
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HAVE AUSTRALIANS' EXPERIENCES OF PERSONAL CRIME VICTIMISATION CHANGED FROM 2008-09? (see datacube 2, table 4)

The 2012-13 Crime Victimisation Survey is the fifth annual national survey of crime victimisation in Australia. Differences in the proportion of persons who experienced different types of personal crimes and whether the incidents were reported to police in the 2008-09 compared with 2012-13 surveys are discussed in this section.Endnote 1

Overall, the victimisation rate for each of the selected personal crimes was lower, or remained steady, in the 2012-13 survey as compared to 2008-09. There was no significant difference in the rate of reporting to police for the majority of personal crimes in for the same two periods.

VICTIMISATION

Of the selected personal crimes, the victimisation rate was lower in the 2012-13 survey than the 2008-09 survey for:
  • face-to-face threatened assault: 2.8% in 2012-13 compared with 3.9% in 2008-09
  • robbery: 0.4% in 2012-13 compared with 0.6% in 2008-09
  • physical assault: 2.7% in 2012-13 compared with 3.1% in 2008-09.

There was no significant change in the victimisation rate for non face-to-face threatened assault or sexual assault in 2012-13 compared to 2008-09.

Graph Image for VICTIMISATION RATES(a), Selected personal crimes, Australia, 2008-09 and 2012-13

Footnote(s): (a) The total number of victims of a crime in a given population, expressed as a percentage of that population.

Source(s): Crime Victimisation, Australia




REPORTING TO POLICE

The rate of reporting face-to-face threatened assault to police was higher in the 2012-13 survey (37%) compared to 2008-09 (30%). Reporting rates for the other selected personal crimes did not change significantly from 2008-09 to 2012-13.

Graph Image for REPORTING RATES(a), Selected personal crimes, Australia, 2008-09 and 2012-13

Footnote(s): (a) The total number of households that had the most recent incident of the household crime reported to police, expressed as a percentage of all households experiencing the household crime. The incident may have been reported by any member of the household or another person. (b) Information about reporting to police for non face-to-face threatened assault was not collected prior to 2010-11. (c) The estimated reporting rate for sexual assault in 2012-13 has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution.

Source(s): Crime Victimisation, Australia




ENDNOTE

1 All comparisons discussed have been tested for statistical significance with a 95% level of confidence that there is a real difference in the two populations being tested. Only data with a relative standard error (RSE) of less than 25% is referred to in the text of this publication. For further information, refer to the Technical Note.