COMPARABILITY OF ASSAULT STATISTICS ACROSS STATES AND TERRITORIES
As a result of the different business practices across the states and territories it is deemed that statistics for assault are not comparable across jurisdictions. ABS recommends that the crime victimisation survey is used to make these comparisons, as this data is collected in a uniform way across jurisdictions, and is therefore not affected by differences in legislation, business practices or recording.
Acknowledging the incomparability between states and territories for assault statistics, this chapter presents information for each jurisdiction separately. Users are advised not to compare statistics between these tables.