This paper is an up-to-date snapshot of crime patterns and trends in Australia.
It contains information on specific crimes, victims, offenders, the location of criminal acts and the operation of criminal justice systems—focusing on the work of police, courts and prisons.
Every year, Australian crime: Facts & figures compiles information from a broad range of sources and presents a current profile of crime and criminal offending in Australia. Contained within this volume is trend information and statistics regarding specific crimes, victims, offenders, the location of criminal acts and the operation of criminal justice systems—the latter focusing on the work of police, courts and prisons. The presentation of this information in a single, centralised publication provides easy dissemination of accurate crime statistics and data to government and justice agencies, the media and the Australian public.
The 2011 edition sees the introduction of a new chapter. The purpose of this chapter is to provide one-off information about a particular offence or crime-related issue that is not otherwise featured in this publication. This year, the focus is on crimes committed against children and analysis is presented on the child victims of specific criminal offences, such as homicide, assault and sexual assault, robbery and kidnapping. Information is also presented on child abuse and neglect matters dealt with by statutory child protection services across Australia, the greater part of which are not dealt with as criminal offences.
The majority of information contained in this Australian crime: Facts & figures report can also be accessed via an interactive online data tool, Australian crime: Facts & figures online, available through the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) website (www.aic.gov.au). For more information on specific crime and justice issues, the AIC disseminates a number of publications—from fact sheets through to detailed reports. These publications are available for free download from the AIC website in a variety of formats, or by contacting the AIC directly.
Extraction of data and preparation of text: Georgina Fuller