ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION
This release presents results from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) national Crime Victimisation Survey, conducted from July 2015 to June 2016 as part of the ABS Multipurpose Household Survey (MPHS). The survey collected information, via personal interview, about people’s experiences of a selected range of personal and household crimes in the 12 months prior to interview. The survey also collected sociodemographic information about the respondent, and selected characteristics of the most recent incident they experienced, including whether the incident was reported to police.
This is the eighth annual Crime Victimisation Survey conducted by the ABS since it was redesigned in 2008–09. This publication includes some historical data from earlier Crime Victimisation Surveys (refer to Time Series Data Cube). Comparisons between 2014–15 and 2015–16 are discussed in the text where there was a statistically significant difference in the same 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).
COMPARISONS WITH OTHER ABS CRIME SOURCES
The ABS publishes crime statistics drawn from a range of sources, all with differing measurement methodologies, which can yield different results. As such, caution should be exercised when making comparisons between different data sources. For more information, see the Data Comparability section in the Explanatory Notes.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service.