Federal defendants, selected states and territories, 2010-11

Federal government Crime Australia

These statistics describe the characteristics of Federal defendants with finalised offences, including information about their offences and sentence outcomes.

Provides comparable data showing the number of defendants with Federal offences dealt with by the Higher (Supreme and Intermediate), Magistrates' and Children's criminal courts for all states and territories except Tasmania. Details are provided on the characteristics of defendants (such as age and sex), and outcomes associated with defendants (principal sentence type) and principal offence committed. A range of information is also presented for the count of Federal offences.

Key findings:

The number of migration and people smuggling offences finalised in Australia's criminal courts rose from 220 in 2009-10 to 488 in 2010-11, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics

The most significant increase in this offence group was seen in the higher courts, where the number of offences finalised increased by 514%, from 29 to 178. This was the largest proportional increase in a federal offence in the higher courts.

In the Magistrates' Courts, offences against Commonwealth property had the largest percentage increase. The number of offences finalised was 117 in 2009-10 compared to 231 in 2010-11, an increase of 97%.

Across all criminal courts, the most common principal federal offence remained fraud, deception and related offences (33% of all principal offences), a similar proportion to 2009-10 (34%). This was followed by offences against justice procedures, government security and government operations (20%).

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