Australian Bureau of Statistics

Rate the ABS website
ABS Home > Statistics > By Release Date
4513.0 - Criminal Courts, Australia, 2011-12 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 14/02/2013   
   Page tools: Print Print Page Print all pages in this productPrint All RSS Feed RSS Bookmark and Share Search this Product  
Contents >> Magistrates' Courts >> Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander defendants - Queensland - Magistrates' Courts


ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER DEFENDANTS

Queensland

In the Magistrates' Courts in 2011-12, 16,508 defendants (21%) in Queensland identified as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.

Graph Image for DEFENDANTS FINALISED(a), Magistrates' Courts, Indigenous Status, Queensland

Footnote(s): (a) Excludes ANZSOC Division 14 and Subdivision 041 (see Explanatory Notes paragraph 50-51) and organisations.

Source(s): Criminal Courts, Australia



The proportion of males and females varied for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander defendants when compared to non-Indigenous defendants. In Queensland, 31% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander defendants were female compared with 21% of non-Indigenous defendants.

The age profile of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander defendants was similar to non-Indigenous defendants. Those aged under 30 years accounted for just over half (52%) of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander defendants compared with 56% of non-Indigenous defendants.

Graph Image for DEFENDANTS FINALISED(a), Magistrates' Courts, Indigenous Status(b) by age, Queensland

Footnote(s): (a) Excludes ANZSOC Division 14 and Subdivision 041 (see Explanatory Notes paragraph 50-51) and organisations. (b) Excludes defendants with an Indigenous Status of not stated.

Source(s): Criminal Courts, Australia



There was also variation when comparing offence categories. In Queensland, the three main offences for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander defendants adjudicated were: public order offences (39%), offences against justice (18%), and theft (11%). For non-Indigenous defendants the three main offences were: illicit drug offences and public order offences (both 20%) and offences against justice (18%).

When comparing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander defendants with non-Indigenous defendants, the proportions of custodial to non-custodial orders differed in 2011-12. In Queensland, 16% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander defendants proven guilty were sentenced to custodial orders compared with 9% of non-Indigenous defendants. By age, there was some variation in the younger age groups, with a larger proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander defendants aged under 25 years receiving custodial sentences compared with non-Indigenous defendants.

Graph Image for DEFENDANTS PROVEN GUILTY(a), Magistrates' Courts, Indigenous Status(b), Custodial orders by age, Queensland

Footnote(s): (a) Excludes ANZSOC Division 14 and Subdivision 041 (see Explanatory Notes paragraph 50-51) and organisations. (b) Excludes defendants with an Indigenous Status of not stated.

Source(s): Criminal Courts, Australia



For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander defendants proven guilty and sentenced to a non-custodial order, 20 to 24 year olds accounted for about one-fifth (19%) of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander defendants, followed by defendants aged under 20 years (18%). For non-Indigenous defendants sentenced to a non-custodial order, almost one-quarter (24%) were 20 to 24 years olds, followed by defendants aged under 20 years (18%).

The age groups that least commonly received non-custodial orders were very similar for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous defendants:
  • 3% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander defendants aged 55 years and over and 4% of defendants aged 50 to 54 years were sentenced to non-custodial orders
  • 3% of non-Indigenous defendants aged 50 to 54 years and 55 years and over were sentenced to non-custodial orders.

Previous PageNext Page

Bookmark and Share. Opens in a new window


Commonwealth of Australia 2014

Unless otherwise noted, content on this website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia Licence together with any terms, conditions and exclusions as set out in the website Copyright notice. For permission to do anything beyond the scope of this licence and copyright terms contact us.