From 30 June 2021 to 30 June 2022:
- Sentenced prisoners decreased by 7% (2,056) to 25,624. Unsentenced prisoners decreased by 2% (318) to 14,864.
- Male prisoners decreased by 5% (2,075) to 37,605. Female prisoners decreased by 10% (315) to 2,977.
- Prisoners with prior adult imprisonment decreased by 5% (1,307) to 24,416. Prisoners without prior adult imprisonment decreased by 6% (1,076) to 16,151.
There were decreases in total prisoners in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, and Tasmania; and increases in the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory.
There were various government restrictions implemented across states and territories due to COVID-19 from early 2020 to 2022. These restrictions may be continuing to have an impact on criminal activity and the justice system.