ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION
This publication presents nationally comparable statistics relating to the criminal jurisdiction of the Higher (Supreme and Intermediate) and Magistrates' Courts across Australia for the period 1 July 2005-30 June 2006. Children's Criminal Courts data are also provided on an experimental basis. The statistics describe the characteristics of defendants, including information on the offences and sentences associated with those defendants.
The statistics are sourced from the national Criminal Courts collection conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and have been compiled according to national standards in order to maximise consistency between the states and territories. The Explanatory Notes, Appendices and Glossary provide detailed information on the data sources, counting rules, terminology, classifications and other technical aspects associated with these statistics.
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
Revised data for 2004-05 has been published for Queensland and Northern Territory Higher and Magistrates' Courts (see Explanatory notes paragraph 46) . Due to these revisions, corrections will be made to the 2004-05 datacubes. These corrected datacubes will be released by 4 April 2007.
INFORMATION ON ABS CRIME AND JUSTICE
Information about ABS activities in the field of crime and justice statistics is available from the Crime and Justice theme page on the ABS Website. Details of other ABS publications relating to crime and justice statistics can be found in paragraph 61 of the Explanatory Notes.
The ABS acknowledges the valuable contribution of the Board of Management, the National Criminal Courts Statistics Advisory Group, the Court Practitioners' Group and the staff of the various agencies that provide the statistics presented in this publication.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Terence Byrnes on Melbourne (03) 9615 7681.