ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION
This release presents results from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) national Crime Victimisation Survey, conducted from July 2013 to June 2014 as part of the ABS Multipurpose Household Survey (MPHS). The survey collected data, via personal interview, about people’s experiences of crime victimisation for a selected range of personal and household crimes. The survey also collected data about whether persons experiencing crime reported these incidents to police, selected characteristics of persons experiencing crime, and selected characteristics of the most recent incident they experienced.
This is the sixth Crime Victimisation Survey conducted by the ABS since it was redesigned in 2008–09. This publication includes some data from previous surveys (refer to Time Series Data Cube). Comparisons between 2012-13 and 2013-14 are discussed in the text where there was a statistically significant difference in the estimate between the two reference periods.
All tables are available in Excel spreadsheet format from the Downloads tab. Information on the concepts and methods used in the survey, reliability of the results, definitions and interpretation are included in the Explanatory Notes, Technical Note, and Glossary. Differences between data items highlighted in the publication text are statistically significant (refer to the Significance Testing section of the Technical Note).
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
To minimise the risk of identifying individuals in aggregate statistics, a technique is used to randomly adjust cell values. This technique is called perturbation and has been applied to the 2013-14 data presented in this publication. Perturbation involves small random adjustment of the statistics and is considered the most satisfactory technique for avoiding the release of identifiable statistics while maximising the range of information that can be released. These adjustments have a negligible impact on the underlying pattern of the statistics.
After perturbation, a given published cell value will be consistent across all tables. However, adding up cell values to derive a total will not necessarily give the same result as published totals.
The introduction of perturbation in publications ensures that these statistics are consistent with statistics released via services such as ABS Table Builder. Further information is available in the Explanatory Notes.
Data on the total number of incidents was not published in 2012-13 and is excluded from the publication in 2013-14. Data relating to the number of incidents of each offence type experienced by respondents as an indicator of multiple victimisation is included, however. In 2013-14, further detail on multiple victimisation has been provided with the addition of a fourth 'number of incidents' category ('6 or more incidents'). Data from 2008-09 to 2013-14 presented in this issue has been updated to reflect this change.
COMPARISONS WITH OTHER ABS CRIME SOURCES
The ABS publishes data about crime victimisation from a range of sources with differing measurement methodologies, and this can produce different estimates. As such, caution should be exercised when making comparisons with other sources. For more information, see the Data Comparability section in the Explanatory Notes.
As estimates have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between the sum of component items and the published total. Published percentages are calculated prior to rounding and therefore some discrepancy may occur between these percentages and those that could be calculated from the rounded figures.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service.