4530.0 - Crime Victimisation, Australia, 2018-19 Quality Declaration 
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Western Australia

The statistics discussed throughout the commentary refer to experiences of selected personal and household crimes in the 12 months prior to interview in Western Australia for the 2018-19 reference period.

Total physical and/or threatened assault

An estimated 4.8% of persons in Western Australia (97,800) experienced physical and/or threatened assault, similar to the rate in 2017-18 (5.3%).

Physical assault

An estimated 2.5% of persons (50,500) experienced physical assault, similar to the rate in 2017-18 (2.6%). Of these:

  • 64% (32,300) experienced a single incident;
  • 28% (14,100) experienced three or more incidents; and
  • 45% (22,700) had their most recent incident reported to police.

Threatened assault

An estimated 2.9% of persons (59,300) experienced threatened assault, similar to the rate in 2017-18 (3.2%). This included:
  • 2.8% (56,500) who experienced face-to-face threatened assault; and
  • 0.7% (14,100) who experienced non face-to-face threatened assault, which was lower than the national rate (1.0%).

Of those who experienced face-to-face threatened assault, 31% (17,700) had the most recent incident reported to police.

Break-in

An estimated 4.4% of households (43,700) experienced a break-in, which was:
  • similar to the rate in 2017-18 (4.0%); and
  • higher than the national rate in 2018-19 (2.4%).

Of these households, 76% (33,000) had the most recent incident reported to police.

Attempted break-in

An estimated 2.5% of households (24,600) experienced an attempted break-in, which was:
  • lower than the rate in 2017-18 (3.4%); and
  • higher than the national rate in 2018-19 (1.9%).

Of these households, 39% (9,500) had the most recent incident reported to police.

Theft from motor vehicle

An estimated 4.6% of households (46,100) experienced theft from a motor vehicle, which was:
  • similar to the rate in 2017-18 (5.2%); and
  • higher than the national rate in 2018-19 (2.5%).

Of these households, 51% (23,600) had the most recent incident reported to police.

Malicious property damage

An estimated 6.5% of households (65,200) experienced malicious property damage, which was
  • similar to the rate in 2017-18 (7.1%); and
  • higher than the national rate in 2018-19 (4.6%).

Of these households, 62% (40,600) had the most recent incident reported to police, which was higher than the national reporting rate (53%).