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Data declaration

Overview

The data contained in Facts and Figures online is reproduced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) publication series, Recorded Crime-Victims, Australia and published in the Australian Institute of Criminology’s Australian Crime: Facts & Figures series. The information is based on police recorded data relating to the number of victims for a select number of property and violent crimes. Victimisation rates are calculated using the ABS publication Population by Age and Sex, Australian States and Territories.

Due to changes in the way the data is collected across the eight Australian state and territory police jurisdictions, the available information varies from year to year. Therefore, for some years, crime specific data is unavailable. Where this has occurred, the cell will be marked with a dash (-) to distinguish it from cells with zero (0) counts.

Please refer to the caveats below when using and interpreting the data contained in this data tool.

Homicide

  1. The ABS defines homicide as the unlawful killing of another person. Homicide statistics presented in the Facts & Figures online tool include the following categories of offences:
    • murder-the wilful killing of a person either intentionally or with reckless indifference to life; and
    • manslaughter- the unlawful killing of a person;
      1. without intent to kill, usually as a result of a careless, reckless or negligent act; or
      2. intentionally, but due to extreme provocation
      3. when in a state of mind that impairs the capacity to understand or control one’s actions
    Homicide does not include;
    • attempted murder– the attempt to unlawfully kill another person by any means, act or omission; and
    • driving causing death– the unlawful killing of a person without intent to kill, caused through culpable, dangerous or negligent driving
  2. Total victim numbers and rate of victimisation per 100,000 are revised annually.
  3. Location numbers for the years 2000–03 and 2006–09 are for murder only.
  4. Age and gender numbers for the years 2007–09 are for murder only. Manslaughter is excluded.
  5. ‘No weapon’ includes cases where weapon use was unknown or not stated.
  6. For the years 1995–2000, ‘other weapon’ includes knives.

Sexual assault

  1. The ABS defines sexual assault as a physical assault of a sexual nature, directed toward another person who:
    • does not given consent;
    • gives consent as a result of intimidation or fraud; or
    • is legally deemed incapable of giving consent because of youth or incapacity.
  2. Total victim numbers and rate of victimisation per 100,000 are revised annually.
  3. Age category data for 2005–09 aggregated from NSW, Vic, Qld, SA and WA only and should not be compared with data from earlier years. Totals for males, females and all persons for these years include all recorded victims in Australia.
  4. ‘No weapon’ includes cases where weapon use was unknown or not stated.

Robbery

  1. The ABS defines robbery as the unlawful taking of property, without consent, accompanied by force or threat of force.
  2. Unless otherwise stated, Robbery includes both armed and unarmed robbery.
  3. Total victim numbers and rates of victimisation per 100,000 are revised annually.
  4. For the years 1995–2000, ‘other weapon’ includes knives.

Kidnapping/abduction

  1. Kidnapping/abduction is defined as the unlawful taking away or confinement or a person against that person’s will, or against the will of any parent, guardian or other person having lawful custody or care of that person.
  2. Total victim numbers and rates of victimisation per 100,000 are revised annually.
  3. For the years 1997–2000, the ‘other community’ category in location of robbery data includes transport locations.
  4. ‘No weapon’ includes cases where weapon use was unknown or not stated.
  5. For the years 1995–2000, ‘other weapon’ includes knives.

Unlawful entry with intent

  1. The ABS defines unlawful entry with intent as the unlawful entry of a structure with the intent to commit an offence.
  2. Total victim numbers and rates of victimisation per 100,000 are revised annually.

Motor vehicle theft

  1. Motor vehicle theft involves the taking of a motor vehicle unlawfully or without permission. It excludes damaging, tampering with and interfering with motor vehicles.
  2. Total victim numbers and rates of victimisation per 100,000 are revised annually.

Other theft

  1. The ABS defines other theft as the taking of another person’s property with the intention of permanently depriving the owner of the property illegally and without permission, but without force, threat of force, use of coercive measure, deceit or having gained unlawful entry to any structure even if the intent was to commit theft.
  2. Total victim numbers and rates of victimisation per 100,000 are revised annually.