4519.0 - Recorded Crime - Offenders, 2018-19 Quality Declaration 
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Key findings

In 2018–19:

  • there were 394,466 offenders proceeded against by police across Australia
  • there was a 3% decrease in the number of offenders since 2017–18
  • the offender rate also decreased by 89 offenders to 1,794 offenders per 100,000 persons


Public order offences down to lowest levels since 2008-09

Between 2017-18 and 2018-19 the number of offenders recorded for public order offences decreased by 13%, to 53,560 offenders nationally. This was the lowest number of offenders for this offence since the time series began in 2008–09.

The offender rate also decreased from 284 to 244 offenders per 100,000 persons over the same period.

All public order offence categories decreased since the previous year:
  • Disorderly conduct down 3,302 offenders or 12%
  • Regulated public order offences down 2,623 offenders or 15%
  • Offensive conduct down 2,023 offenders or 13%

All states and territories recorded a decrease in this offence division, with the highest in:
  • Northern Territory down 27% or 1,408 offenders
  • Victoria down 14% or 1,463 offenders
  • New South Wales down 13% or 2,093 offenders


Homicide and related offences increase to an eight year high

Offenders with a homicide related principal offence increased to 752 in 2018–19. This was the highest number of offenders recorded in Australia for this offence in eight years and resulted in an offender rate of 3.4 offenders per 100,000 persons. This offender rate has ranged between 3.1 and 3.6 offenders per 100,000 persons over the same eight year period.

Between 2017-18 and 2018–19:
  • Murder increased by 87 offenders (37%)
  • Attempted murder increased by 19 offenders (14%)


Male offenders decrease to seven year low

The number and rate of male offenders recorded in Australia decreased to their lowest levels in seven years.

Since 2017–18:
  • offenders decreased 4% to 298,387 male offenders
  • rate of offenders decreased from 2,901 to 2,751 offenders per 100,000 males

There were 95,356 female offenders in 2018–19, a rate of 856 offenders per 100,000 females.