Latest Corrective Services Statistics by the ABS

  • In the March quarter 2018, the average daily number of full-time prisoners in Australia was 42,102. This was an increase of:

    2% (832 persons) from the December quarter 2017; and
    4% (1,525 persons) from the March quarter 2017.

  • Since the December quarter 2017, there were increases in the prisoner numbers for all states and territories with exception of Tasmania where prisoners decreased by 1% (7 persons).The Northern Territory had the largest percentage increase with 8% (132 persons). (Table 1)
  • In the last five years (from March quarter 2013 to March quarter 2018), the number of persons in custody has increased by 38% (11,646 persons). (Table 1 and historical data)
  • In the March quarter 2018, the largest contributors to the national prisoner population were:
    New South Wales (32% or 13,382 persons);
    Queensland (21% or 8,736 persons);
    Victoria (17% or 7,235 persons); and
    Western Australia (16% or 6,814 persons). (Table 1)

See the following link for further information:

4512.0 – Corrective Services, Australia, March Quarter 2018

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