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This report updates previous cost of crime research undertaken for the Australian Institute of Criminology in 1992 and 1997 by John Walker, in 2003 by Pat Mayhew and in 2008 by Kiah Rollings. Data were obtained not only from the many published sources referred to, but also from a number of unpublished agency and organisational datasets.

The authors are indebted to the anonymous reviewers whose suggestions were carefully considered and where possible, taken into account when preparing the final version of this report. Any errors or omissions that remain are entirely the authors’ responsibility.

Funding for this research was provided by the Indigenous Justice and Community Safety Branch, Social Inclusion Division, Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department.

This report estimates the costs of crime for the calendar year 2011, but includes some data in relation to the financial year 2011–12, where 2011 calendar year data were unavailable. All other information is current at 30 June 2013 unless otherwise indicated.

The views expressed in this report do not necessarily reflect the policy position of the Australian Government or its agencies.

Last updated
3 November 2017