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The Department of Justice is committed to publishing a wide range of statistics relevant to the work of the Department and its various areas, which may be of interest to researchers, organisations and the wider community.

Court and Tribunal Reports

A number of reports have been developed to outline the workload of the various criminal and civil courts and tribunals.

The annual reports have been designed to provide information about the work carried out by relevant court or tribunal. A number of different statistics have been included that illustrate different aspects of the court or tribunal process.

Separate counting rules that best illustrate the work of the court are utilised for each statistic. Please read the counting rules on each page to help interpret the data.

The Court and Tribunal reports can be found below.

Supreme Court

District Court

Magistrates Court

Family Court

State Administrative Tribunal

Children's Court

Sheriff’s Office

Indigenous Defendants

Departmental Statistics

Statistical Summary

The statistical summary includes workload and population statistics for various jurisdictions of the Department of Justice.

Corrective Services Reports

Quarterly statistical reports provide an overview of adults and young people who are in the care of the Department, either in custody or in the community.

Produced at the end of March, June, September and December, these reports provide a midnight snapshot on the last day of each quarter, comparison data for the same quarter of the previous year, and trend information for each quarter for the previous five years.

Refer to the statistics reports on the Corrective Services Division website.

National Publications

In addition to Department statistics, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Productivity Commission publish regular crime and justice statistics.

The Productivity Commission's Report on Government Services

The Report on Government Services is an annual report commissioned by the Council of Australian Governments. The purpose is to provide information on the equity, efficiency and effectiveness of government services in Australia. 

Chapter 7 in Volume C of the report provides a comprehensive view of the major court systems and how they vary between the states and territories.

Australian Bureau of Statistics Publications

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is Australia’s national statistical agency. The ABS provides key statistics on a wide range of economic, environmental and social issues.

Criminal Courts, Australia - This publication presents statistics about defendants dealt with by the criminal jurisdiction of the Higher (Supreme and Intermediate), Magistrates' and Children's Courts of Australia.

Federal Defendants, Australia - This publication presents statistics relating to finalised defendants charged with federal offences and heard in the criminal jurisdiction of the Higher (Supreme and Intermediate), Magistrates' and Children's Courts across Australia.

Corrective Services, Australia - This publication presents statistics about persons either held in adult corrective services custody or who are serving adult community-based orders in Australia.

Recorded Crime - Offenders, Australia - This publication presents statistics relating to the number and characteristics of alleged offenders who have been proceeded against by police.

Requests for additional data

The Department regularly receives requests from media outlets for customised statistics. All requests for customised figures are considered on a case by case basis. The Department will generally supply such information only where the:

  • information is stored in a way that it is easily retrievable; and
  • amount of work required to compile and supply customised information is reasonable.

Researchers interested in conducting high quality research and/or developing evidence based approaches and practices to enhance outcomes in the justice sector using Department data are requested to review the research application process prior to submitting a research application.

Last updated: 4-Oct-2018

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