ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION
This publication presents statistics relating to offenders who were proceeded against by police during the period 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009, for all states and territories. These statistics describe the characteristics of the offender, including the principal offence for which offenders are proceeded against. Data are also presented on the number of police-initiated court and non-court actions against offenders.
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
National offender counts for 2007-08 and 2008-09 are presented for the first time in this issue. Offence data in this issue are based on the Australian Standard Offence Classification (ASOC), 2008 (second edition) (cat. no. 1234.0). The previous issue of this publication was based on ASOC 1997 (the first edition). For more information see Explanatory Notes paragraph 20.
Indigenous offender rates for both the 2007-08 and 2008-09 reference periods have been derived from Series B projections of the Indigenous population from Experimental Estimates and Projections, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, 1991 to 2021 (cat. no. 3238.0). See Explanatory Notes paragraphs 26-28.
INTERPRETATION OF RESULTS
The statistics contained in this publication are derived from administrative systems maintained by state and territory police. Data have been compiled according to national standards in order to maximise consistency between the states and territories. The Explanatory Notes, Appendices and Glossary provide detailed information on the data sources, counting rules and terminology, classifications and other technical aspects associated with this collection.
Discrepancies may occur between sums of component items and totals across tables due to rounding and randomisation.
INFORMATION ON ABS CRIME AND JUSTICE
More information about ABS activities in the field of crime and justice statistics is available from the Crime and Justice theme page on the ABS website. Details of other ABS publications relating to crime and justice statistics can be found in paragraph 59 of the Explanatory Notes.
The ABS acknowledges the valuable contribution of the Board of Management of the National Crime Statistics Unit (NCSU) and the staff of the various agencies that provide statistics that are presented in this publication.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Robert Letheby on Melbourne (03) 9615 7423.