At the National Conference of the Australian Crime Prevention Council, held in Hobart in August 1979, a number of participants raised the question of whether or not crime was increasing in Australia, and, if so, by how much. It is disturbing that the answers to these questions are not generally known - especially to people concerned with crime prevention. The main reason for this state of affairs is that crime statistics are not available in Australia in a uniform, comprehensive and up-to-date basis. This report is a revised and extended version of the October 1979 report. The main difference between this and the first edition is that two more years of data have been added, so that 16 years of data over the period 1964-65 to 1979-80 are now available.
Note: Earlier edition of this title published in 1979