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The following analysis on repeat offenders is based on the aggregate data for all jurisdictions, except Western Australia. National data are not available for police proceedings counts. For more information see Explanatory Notes paragraph 44.
In addition to young male offenders having higher rates of offending than female offenders, young male offenders were also proceeded against by police on average more often than young female offenders for each individual year of age, with the exception of those aged 10 years. The average number of times proceeded against for a male offender peaked at age 15 years with an average of 1.9 proceedings per offender. For females the highest average was 1.6 proceedings per female offender at age 14 years.
Youth Offenders, Age and sex by average number of times proceeded against - combined selected states and territories(a)
The predominant principal offences for youth offenders were theft (25%) followed by acts intended to cause injury (17%) and public order offences (16%). Between 2007-08 and 2008-09, the largest increases in youth offending rates were for the principal offences of theft (an increase of 48 offenders per 100,000 persons aged 10 to 19 years), public order (an increase of 39 offenders per 100,000 persons aged 10 to 19 years), and acts intended to cause injury (an increase of 34 offenders per 100,000 persons aged 10 to 19 years). During this same period, decreased rates of youth offending were most evident for unlawful entry with intent (a decrease of 23 offenders per 100,000 persons aged 10 to 19 years) and fraud and deception (a decrease of 13 offenders per 100,000 persons aged 10 to 19 years).
The impact of age on patterns of youth offending is further illustrated by the following graph. From the age of 12 years there was a noticeable increase in the rate at which theft was the predominant principal offence, peaking at the age of 16 years. By the age of 18 years, public order offences had overtaken both theft and acts intended to cause injury as the most prevalent principal offence. The rate at which youth were proceeded against by police for illicit drug offences continued to increase for each year of age from 10 to 19 years, whereas offending rates for the other three offences all peaked and started to decrease prior to the age of 19 years.