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All OCSAR publications are listed in the following table. The table can be sorted by title, subject and date by clicking on the column headings.

Description Subject Date
Report on Assault and Robbery in the Health Retail and Hospitality Sectors - August 2013 (2,217kb)
This report was produced for the South Australian Parliamentary Committee on Occupational Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation who requested OCSAR to provide information on occupational violence in the health, retail and hospitality sectors. Trends in assault and robbery related incidents over time and information on weapons used, victims and alleged perpetrators were of particular interest.

The report aims to summarise information on:
  1. incidents where an assault or robbery has been recorded by police as having occurred in locations related to the health, retail and hospitality sectors;
  2. weapons used where an assault or robbery has been recorded; and
  3. recorded victims and alleged perpetrators of the above-mentioned offences
that occurred over the 2002-2012 period.

It should be noted that OCSAR was unable to differentiate between victimisations involving people in the care of an organisation and those involving people with no connection to a workplace. Therefore, the report covers all incidents occurring in a health, retail or hospitality location irrespective of who was victimised.
Crime statistics 2014-01
The Office of Crime Statistics and Research have published Crime Mapper annually in recent years. Crime Mapper is an online application which shows the geographic distribution of recorded crime across South Australia. It is available on the OCSAR website under Crime Mapper and provides location-based recorded crime statistics according to offence type for five calendar years based on data sourced from South Australia Police.

The following three reports aim to provide a high level summary of recorded crime in South Australia, Metropolitan South Australia and Regional South Australia, using Crime Mapper 2007-2011 data:
1. 2011 Crime Mapper Report - SA Metro and Regional (716kb)
2. 2011 Crime Mapper Metro report (182kb)
3. 2011 Crime Mapper Regional report (208kb)
Crime statistics 2013-09
Evaluation of the 6-month drug treatment program - Offending addendum (248kb)
This is an addendum to the main 6-Month Drug Treatment Program evaluation report. It features a comparison of the offending rates of clients before and after program involvement. The main report presents findings from semi-structured interviews with some key stakeholders, an analysis of program data regarding throughput and completion rates and an analysis of recorded drug use throughout program involvement.
Drugs 2013-02
Evaluation of the 6-month drug treatment program (435kb)
The Courts Administration Authority 6-Month Drug Treatment Program (6DTP) commenced as a pilot program in 2009 and sought to provide a drug treatment pathway for eligible offenders whose offending appeared to be drug-related but was not severe enough to warrant referral to the 12-month Drug Court Program. This report features findings from semi-structured interviews with some key stakeholders, an analysis of program data regarding throughput and completion rates and an analysis of recorded drug use throughout program involvement. A separate offending addendum includes a comparison of the offending rates of clients before and after program involvement.
Drugs 2013-02
Ten years of the South Australian Police Drug Diversion Initiative - Data Analysis Report (376kb)
The Police Drug Diversion Initiative (PDDI) involves the diversion of individuals detected by police for simple possession drug offences (excluding cannabis for adults) to a health intervention rather than the criminal justice system. The PDDI commenced in South Australia in 2001 and this report summarises diversions occurring over the ten year period to 2011. The report found that the number of diversions increased each year during the period, and that this increase was due to an increase in adult diversions over time, rather than youth diversions. The proportion of diversions of males and individuals of ATSI background did not change over time. Compliance with diversions remained high over time but decreased with second and subsequent diversions. Compliance with the diversion was associated with a lower risk of recidivism. Other key findings are presented and discussed.
Drugs 2013-02
SA Drug Court Recidivism Study (402kb)
This report contains the findings of the reoffending study of the South Australian Drug Court undertaken by OCSAR. One of the primary aims of the South Australian Drug Court is to cease or reduce criminal activity amongst individuals whose offending is related to drug abuse. The Court seeks to achieve this through a comprehensive program of intensive supervision, regular drug testing, sanctions, and therapy and support services. This evaluation examines and compares the offending behaviour of persons who participated in the Drug Court between 2004 and 2008 with a sample of prisoners who did not take part in the Drug Court program, with the aim of determining the impact of the Drug Court on re-offending.
Drugs 2012-05
JANCO classification system (New Format) (734kb)
The JANCO classification system was adopted throughout the Justice Information System and the Courts Administration Authority in 1992 and is managed and administered by the Office of Crime Statistics. JANCO is an adaptation of the Australian Bureau of Statistics' ANCO (Australian National Classification of Offences, 1985. Catalogue No. 1234.0) classification system. This paper provides an up to date list of the JANCO offence codes currently in use in South Australia by the Department of Justice.

The paper underwent significant formatting changes to improve usability and now includes a contents page for quick reference of offence categories.
Offence classification 2011-12
Crime and Justice in South Australia 2007, Adult Courts and Corrections
1. Text (420kb)
2. Magistrates Court Statistics (Tables) (1,033kb)
3. Supreme and District Courts Statistics (Tables) (673kb)
4. Correctional Services Statistics (Tables) (685kb)
5. Appendix (including explanatory notes) (244kb)
6. Full Report (3,009kb)
Courts and corrections 2011-06
Crime and Justice in South Australia, 2007. Offences reported to Police, the Victims and Alleged Perpetrators
1. Overview (436kb)
2. Police Incident Reports (37kb)
3. Offences recorded by Police (526kb)
4. Clearance Status of Offences (594kb)
5. Victims of offences recorded by Police (208kb)
6. Offences cleared by an Apprehension (1,215kb)
7. Appendix (including explanatory notes) (79kb)
8. Full report (3,050kb)
Crime statistics 2011-06
Common Performance Measures for Specialist Court Programs Discussion Paper (549kb)
This report was produced for the ABS Boards of Management of the Statistical Units for Courts, Crime and Corrective Services. Using Australian drug court programs as the primary example, the report identifies a common set of quantitative elements that could be used for the evaluation of diversionary/specialist courts nationally. The report also includes a summary of drug court and Indigenous court program elements within each jurisdiction and the measures used to assess their effectiveness.
Specialist Court 2011-02
Crime and Justice in South Australia, 2007. Juvenile Justice
1. Text (956kb)
2. Police Statistics (151kb)
3. Family Conference Statistics (110kb)
4. Youth Court Statistics (106kb)
5. Juveniles in Custody Statistics (259kb)
6. Appendix (including explanatory notes) (267kb)
7. Full report (1,770kb)
Juvenile justice 2010-11
Major Changes to the Criminal Law in South Australia 1998-2009 (499kb)
This report details the significant legislative changes that have taken place between 1998 and 2009, and comments upon the potential impact these changes will have on the criminal justice data collected.
Legislation 2010-11
JANCO classification system (269kb)
The JANCO classification system was adopted throughout the Justice Information System and the Courts Administration Authority in 1992 and is managed and administered by the Office of Crime Statistics. JANCO is an adaptation of the Australian Bureau of Statistics' ANCO (Australian National Classification of Offences, 1985. Catalogue No. 1234.0) classification system. This paper provides an up to date list of the JANCO offence codes currently in use in South Australia by the Department of Justice
Offence classification 2010-11
Police Drug Diversion Initiative: Profile, Throughput and Compliance, September 2001 - December 2008 (273kb)
The Police Drug Diversion Initiative (PDDI) commenced in South Australia in 2001 and involves the diversion of individuals detected by police for simple possession drug offences (excluding cannabis for adults) to a health intervention rather than the criminal justice system. A full evaluation of the PDDI was conducted by the Office of Crime Statistics and Research with a report published in 2008. This report updates a section from that report. Findings show that over time there has been a decline in juvenile diversion numbers but an increase in adult diversions. Levels of compliance with the PDDI remained generally high overall. Cannabis remained the most commonly detected drug for juveniles and amphetamines for adults. Diversions for ecstasy increased proportionately over time for both groups. The findings from this report indicate that the PDDI continues to be a successful program with increasing reach, especially for adults.
Drugs 2009-09
Port Lincoln Aboriginal Adult Conference Pilot Review (648kb)
This report presents the results of a review of the Port Lincoln Aboriginal Adult Conference Pilot conducted during 2007/2008. The pilot aimed to involve members of the community and victims in a conference so that the defendant is aware of the harm done as a result of the offending; to encourage contrition and reparation; and to provide the Magistrate with better information to facilitate constructive sentencing options. There was a positive response from all stakeholders regarding the conferencing process. It was found that the Pilot had achieved all but one of its stated aims and all stakeholders were very supportive of the continuation of conferencing in Port Lincoln.
Indigenous 2009-07
Youth CARDS (Court Assessment and Referral Drug Scheme) Evaluation (888kb)
This report contains the findings of the Evaluation of the Youth CARDS (Court Assessment and Referral Drug Scheme) undertaken by OCSAR. Youth CARDS involves the referral of young defendants (aged under 18 years) appearing before a Youth Court or Family Conference, whose offending may be drug-related, into drug assessment and treatment. Overall, stakeholders described Youth CARDS in positive terms as a starting point for young offenders who want to change their circumstances. The Final Report contains a range of recommendations along with issues that still need to be addressed in any continuation or expansion of the Scheme.
Drugs 2009-07
Crime and Justice in South Australia, 2006. Juvenile Justice
1. Text (545kb)
2. Police Statistics (155kb)
3. Family Conference Statistics (113kb)
4. Youth Court Statistics (111kb)
5. Juveniles in Custody Statistics (130kb)
6. Appendix (including explanatory notes) (168kb)
7. Full report (1,055kb)
Juvenile justice 2009-07
Youth Alcohol Referral Network (YARN) Evaluation (2,039kb)
This report contains the findings of the Evaluation undertaken by OCSAR of the Wakefield Youth Alcohol Diversion Pilot (also known as the Youth Alcohol Referral Network or YARN). YARN was an alcohol diversion and community education initiative which was piloted in the Barossa-Yorke regional area. It aimed to provide young people (aged 10-17 years) with education in relation to the health and social consequences of alcohol use. The YARN pilot was funded by the Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation (AERF). The evaluation found encouraging evidence that the diversion component of YARN had positive impacts on young people?s knowledge, attitudes and/or behaviour in relation to alcohol. The findings, combined with support for the initiative amongst the majority of stakeholders, suggest that there is merit in further trialling the diversion component of YARN in a metropolitan region. The Final Report contains a range of recommendations along with issues that still need to be addressed in any continuation or expansion of the Scheme.
Drugs 2009-02
Crime and Justice in South Australia 2006, Adult Courts and Corrections
1. Text (531kb)
2. Magistrates Court Statistics (Tables) (208kb)
3. Supreme and District Courts Statistics (Tables) (146kb)
4. Correctional Services Statistics (Tables) (212kb)
5. Appendix (including explanatory notes) (301kb)
6. Full Report (1,260kb)
Courts and corrections 2008-12
Police Drug Diversion Initiative (PDDI) Evaluation (3,061kb)
This report contains the findings of the Evaluation of the Police Drug Diversion Initiative (PDDI) undertaken by OCSAR. It presents high level findings and a set of recommendations, along with a number of detailed briefing papers as appendices. The PDDI is a part of a suite of South Australian illicit drug initiatives consistent with Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Illicit Drug Diversion Initiative (IDDI). The PDDI targets adults and youths detected by police for simple possession drug offences (excluding cannabis for adults) and diverts them to a health intervention (assessment, education and/or treatment). The findings in the final evaluation report, combined with consistent and high levels of support amongst the majority of stakeholders, suggest that there is merit in continuing the Initiative. The evaluation also identifies a number of areas that require further consideration or issues to be addressed should the Initiative continue, along with a range of recommendations.
Drugs 2008-10
Adult CARDS (Court Assessment and Referral Drug Scheme) Evaluation (862kb)
This report contains the findings of the Evaluation of the Adult CARDS (Court Assessment and Referral Drug Scheme) undertaken by OCSAR. CARDS is part of a suite of South Australian illicit drug initiatives and adult CARDS involves the referral of defendants appearing before a Magistrates Court, whose offending may be drug-related, into drug assessment and treatment. The findings, combined with support for the Scheme amongst the majority of stakeholders, suggest that there is merit in continuing the Scheme. The Final Report contains a range of recommendations along with issues that still need to be addressed in any continuation or expansion of the Scheme.
Drugs 2008-03
Crime and Justice in South Australia, 2006. Offences reported to Police, the Victims and Alleged Perpetrators
1. Overview (592kb)
2. Police Incident Reports (37kb)
3. Offences recorded by Police (112kb)
4. Clearance Status of Offences (100kb)
5. Victims of offences recorded by Police (54kb)
6. Offences cleared by an Apprehension (259kb)
7. Appendix (including explanatory notes) (187kb)
8. Full report (1,189kb)
Crime statistics 2008-01
A Profile of Motor Vehicle Theft-related Arson in New South Wales and South Australia (602kb)
In 2000 a South Australian study showed that arson of stolen vehicles had increased substantially between 1995 and 1999.  The current study uses data from the CARS Project to investigate current trends in motor vheicle theft-related arson in New South Wales and South Australia, and provide a profile of incidents in those two States.  Some data from the New South Wales Fire Brigades and Rural Fire Service is also included.
Motor vehicle theft 2007-05
Crime and Justice in South Australia 2005, Adult Courts and Corrections
1. Text (601kb)
2. Magistrates Court Statistics (Tables) (334kb)
3. Supreme and District Courts Statistics (Tables) (221kb)
4. Correctional Services Statistics (Tables) (295kb)
5. Appendix (including explanatory notes) (493kb)
6. Full Report (1,540kb)
Courts and corrections 2007-04
Crime and Justice in South Australia, 2005. Juvenile Justice
1. Text (1,114kb)
2. Police Statistics (198kb)
3. Family Conference Statistics (167kb)
4. Youth Court Statistics (159kb)
5. Juveniles in Custody Statistics (90kb)
6. Appendix (including explanatory notes) (275kb)
7. Full report (2,004kb)
Juvenile justice 2007-02
Crime and Justice in South Australia, 2005. Offences reported to Police, the Victims and Alleged Perpetrators
1. Overview (345kb)
2. Police Incident Reports (14kb)
3. Offences recorded by Police (97kb)
4. Clearance Status of Offences (83kb)
5. Victims of offences recorded by Police (49kb)
6. Offences cleared by an Apprehension (254kb)
7. Appendix (including explanatory notes) (103kb)
8. Full report (846kb)
Crime statistics 2007-01
OCSAR News - Vol 3, Issue 2 (181kb)
This newsletter contains articles outlining: Director's Report; Evaluation of the SAVTRC Immobiliser scheme; Peter Grabosky's recollections; Crime and Safety Australia 2005 - the South Australian perspective; An analysis of drug court dropouts; Staff Developments.
Newsletter 2006-06

DUMA Drug Driving Bulletin (138kb)
This DUMA Bulletin summarises the major findings in relation to drug driving among police detainees in South Australia derived from DUMA's Drug Driving Addendum conducted in the second quarters of 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Drugs 2006-06
Juvenile Offending Trajectories: A South Australian Study (336kb)
This paper outlines the results of research conducted by OCSAR looking at patterns of offending for individuals aged between 10 and 20 years. The analysis was initially undertaken as part of a Feasibility Study for a Criminology Research Council (CRC) consultancy on the link between youth chronic offending and multiple service use. One component of the study was to determine an appropriate method for identifying groups of chronic and non-chronic juvenile offenders. As part of this process, we trialled the Semi-Parametric Group-based method (SPGM), which tests whether the offending population comprises a mixture of several groups with distinct criminal trajectories.
Juvenile justice 2006-05
The South Australian Drug Court - a profile of participants during its first thirty-eight months of operation (1,034kb)
The South Australian Drug Court was established in May 2000. The Office of Crime Statistics and Research (OCSAR) has been involved in evaluating this program since its inception. The aim of this paper was to simply provide a descriptive profile of those people who participated in the Drug Court program during the first 38 months of its functioning from May 2000 to June 2003 and determine whether those accepted onto the program bore similarities to Drug Court participants in other jurisdictions. A second aim was to determine whether this profile changed over that period.
Drugs 2006-05
The South Australian Drug Court - an analysis of participant retention rates (1,038kb)
A key problem common to virtually all Australian Drug Courts has been the relatively low retention rates. Across other Australian jurisdictions there have been various attempts made to explain these low retention and high termination rates but no comparable study has been conducted in South Australia. This study investigated the level of retention within the Adelaide Drug Court with the aim of identifying any differences between program 'Completers' and 'Terminated' that may help to explain reasons for non-completion.
Drugs 2006-05
Recorded Crime - Victims: 2005: The South Australian Perspective (362kb)
This Information Bulletin summarises the key South Australian findings from Recorded Crime - Victims, Australia: 2005 (cat. no. 4510.0) released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on 25 May 2006.  Recorded Crime provides information on the number of victims of selected crimes recorded by police in Australia as a whole and in each jurisdiction between January and December 2005.  The report also provides data from previous years to allow for comparisons over time.
Crime statistics 2006-05
Crime and Safety, 2005:  The South Australian Perspective (599kb)
This Information Bulletin outlines the key South Australian findings from the latest national Cirme and Safety Suvey conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics during 2005 (ABS, Crime and Safety, Australia 2005 cat. no. 4509.0).  This survey provides data on the prevalence of selected household and personal crimes as well as information on the extent to which these crimes are reported to police.
Victimisation 2006-05
OCSAR News - Vol 3, Issue 1 (154kb)
This newsletter contains articles outlining: Director's Report; Drug use amongst motor vehicle theft offenders; Evaluation of the Crime Prevention Education Program; Release of Crime and Justice in South Australia, 2004, Adult Courts and Corrections; Report on ANZSOC Conference; Staff Developments.
Newsletter 2006-04
DUMA Annual Report
This four volume 2004/05 annual report details the results of the South Australian operation of Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) Project. This report contains a comprehensive analysis of DUMA data, including urinalysis results, self-reported drug use, drug related criminal history, drug markets, licit drug use, treatment programs and gambling. The report consists of four volumes focusing on the Adelaide City Watchhouse, the Elizabeth Police Station Cells, the Comparisons between South Australian DUMA sites and all the Addendums that were run in 2004/05.
1. Adelaide City Watchhouse (2,057kb)
2. Elizabeth Police Station Cells (2,030kb)
3. Comparisons of SA DUMA sites (886kb)
4. Addenda 2004/05 (1,797kb)
Drugs 2006-02
Monitoring the Adelaide Dry Area - an update (2,092kb)
This Evaluation Report is divided into two sections. The first section focusses on the six key objectives of the Adelaide Dry Area Trial and seeks to identify whether these objectives are being achieved. The second section outlines possible strategies for on-going monitoring.
Alcohol 2006-02
Light Commercial Vehicles Stolen in Australia, October 2004 - September 2005 (303kb)
This report presents data regarding the theft of light commercial vehicles in Australia for the 12 month period ending on 30 September 2005.  In some instances, data regarding passenger vehicles is included for comparison.
Motor vehicle theft 2006-01
Correctional Services Statistics, 2004 (820kb)
Each year the Office of Crime Statistics and Research publishes Crime and Justice in South Australia, a comprehensive three volume report containing crime and criminal justice statistics for this state. This Information Bulletin summarises the data contained in Volume 3 of that report, including information on the Magistrates Court, Higher Courts and Correctional Services for the period 1 January to 1 December 2004.
Crime statistics 2006-01
Criminal Courts Australia 2004/05 (ABS, 4513.0) Key findings for South Australia (830kb)
This Information Bulletin outlines the key findings from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Criminal Courts Australia 2004/05 publication (4513.0) released on 25 January 2006. The publication provides an overview of the characteristics of defendants dealt with by the Criminal Courts, including offence and sentence types, for the preiod 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005.
Courts and corrections 2006-01
Offences reported to Police in 2004, the victims and alleged perpetrators (809kb)
Each year the Office of Crime Statistics and Research publishes Crime and Justice in South Australia, a comprehensive three volume report containing crime and criminal justice statistics for this state. This Information Bulletin summarises the data contained in Volume 1 of that report, including information on offences reported to police, the victims and alleged perpetrators for the period 1 January to 1 December 2004.
Crime statistics 2006-01
Drug Use and Vehicle Crime - an analysis of DUMA data on offenders arrested for motor vehicle theft (303kb)
The findings in this study indicate that MVT offenders have a higher incidence of drug use than other offenders and show a strong link between drug use and criminal activity.  This suggests that current interventions which are targeted toward MVT offenders may benefit from the incorporation of a drug and alcohol counselling component.   More detailed research would be useful in order to determine what factors contribute to the differences between the two groups.
Drugs 2005-12
Crime and Justice in South Australia 2004, Adult Courts and Corrections
1. Text (704kb)
2. Magistrates Court Statistics (Tables) (338kb)
3. Supreme and District Courts Statistics (Tables) (295kb)
4. Correctional Services Statistics (Tables) (334kb)
5. Appendix (including explanatory notes) (829kb)
6. Full Report (2,166kb)
Courts and corrections 2005-12
OCSAR News - Vol 2, Issue 6 (1204kb)
This newsletter contains: Director's Report; Staff Developments; Motor Vehicle Theft Annual Report 2005; DUMA Project to expand in 2006; Juvenile offending trajectories: A South Australian study; Magistrates Court Assessment and Referral Drug Scheme - an update.
Newsletter 2005-12
Evaluation of the Crime Prevention Education Program (1,107kb)
The Crime Prevention Education Program involves Year 6/7 teachers and police (where practicable), co-delivering education modules which are targeted at helping young people to understand the consequences of crime and anti-social behaviours, helping them to develop constructive relationships with police and ultimately assisting them to avoid involvement in criminal and anti-social behaviours. OCSAR undertook an evaluation of the program for DECS which measured changes in student knowledge and attitudes via surveys and viewpoints of a range of stakeholders, primarily via interviews
Crime prevention 2005-11
Crime and Justice in South Australia, 2004. Juvenile Justice
1. Text (948kb)
2. Police Statistics (196kb)
3. Family Conference Statistics (151kb)
4. Youth Court Statistics (160kb)
5. Juveniles in Custody Statistics (80kb)
6. Appendix (including explanatory notes) (248kb)
7. Full report (1,827kb)
Juvenile justice 2005-10
Drug Use and Offending: A study of female prisoners in South Australia (939kb)
The Drug Use Careers of Offenders (DUCO) project seeks to measure lifetime drug use amongst sentenced prisoners across Australia. Three separate samples were interviewed as part of the project; namely, adult males in 2001, adult females in 2003/04 and juveniles in 2004/05. Both the adult female and juvenile components of this study included South Australian respondents. This report details the results from adult females interviewed in South Australia.
Drugs 2005-10
OCSAR News - Vol 2, Issue 5 (179kb)
This newsletter contains: Director's Report; Staff Developments; Drug Use Monitoring in Australia - Drug Driving; Release of Crime and Justice: Juvenile Justice report; Juvenile Motor Vehicle Theft Offenders in South Australia.
Newsletter 2005-10
Understanding and responding to chronic youth offending
This conference, which was jointly convened by the Office of Crime Statistics and Research and the Australian Institute of Criminology, aimed to develop a better understanding of chronic offenders and what works in responding to their particular needs. Papers presented at the conference can be accessed below.
Andrew Day - Rehabilitation programs for young offenders: Towards good practice? (304kb)
Anna Ferrante - Exploring differences between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth (486kb)
Anna Stewart - Transitions and Turning Points: Examining the links between child maltreatment and juvenile offending (254kb)
Anna Stewart - Youth Justice conferences and Indigenous Over-representation: Micro simulation case study (532kb)
Gerri Walker - Factors contributing to chronic offending - an educational perspective. Participation and success in a coordinated educational program (287kb)
Jayne Marshall - Juvenile Offending Trajectories: A South Australian study (439kb)
Mark Halsey - Between times - learning to desist from crime (104kb)
Michael Livingston - Juvenile offending trajectories (211kb)
Phil Robinson - What is the Mental Health perspective on juvenile offending? (248kb)
Wendy Murray - Juvenile initiatives - Less than 5% (1,485kb)
Wendy Murray - Juvenile initiatives - Less than 5% (123kb)
Toni Makkai and Jason Payne - Risk factors for early initiation into crime: exploring the DUCO juvenile offenders sample (310kb)
Conference papers 2005-10
C.A.R.D.S. A statistical overview of the first year of the pilot (1,196kb)
This report provides an overview of the profile and characteristics of individuals referred to Court Assessment and Referral Drug Scheme (CARDS) in the first year of the pilot . It is based on information contained in the CARDS database. The purpose of this report is to provide the Steering Committee with information about individuals involved in the CARD Scheme to facilitate ongoing planning and management activities.
Drugs 2005-09
Crime and Justice in South Australia, 2004. Offences reported to Police, the Victims and Alleged Perpetrators
1. Overview (376kb)
2. Police Incident Reports (13kb)
3. Offences recorded by Police (96kb)
4. Clearance Status of Offences (83kb)
5. Victims of offences recorded by Police (50kb)
6. Offences cleared by an Apprehension (126kb)
7. Appendix (including explanatory notes) (101kb)
8. Full report (1,080kb)
Crime statistics 2005-08
DUMA Quarterly Report: April - June 2005 (651kb)
This report details the results of the South Australian operation of Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) Project which measures drug use among those people who have been recently apprehended by police. The data from is used to examine issues such as the relationship between drugs and violent and property crime, monitor patterns of drug use across time and help assess the need for drug treatment amongst the offender population. Each quarter, interviews are conducted with detainees at two sites within South Australia - at the Adelaide City Watchhouse and Elizabeth Police Station Cells. Detainees are also requested to provide a urine sample for drug testing.
Drugs 2005-08
DUMA Quarterly Report: January - March 2005 (608kb)
This report details the results of the South Australian operation of Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) Project which measures drug use among those people who have been recently apprehended by police. The data from is used to examine issues such as the relationship between drugs and violent and property crime, monitor patterns of drug use across time and help assess the need for drug treatment amongst the offender population. Each quarter, interviews are conducted with detainees at two sites within South Australia - at the Adelaide City Watchhouse and Elizabeth Police Station Cells. Detainees are also requested to provide a urine sample for drug testing.
Drugs 2005-08
OCSAR News - Vol 2, Issue 4 (87kb)
This newsletter contains: Director's Report; Criminal Justice Data Quality Committee; Indigenous Drug Dependence - Analysis of DUMA data; Release of the Crime and Justice 2004 Police Report; Overview of Family Violence Courts in South Australia; Staff Developments.
Newsletter 2005-08
Motor Vehicle Theft in South Australia - A Profile of Juvenile Offenders (474kb)
Research in South Australia has indicated that on an annual basis juveniles account for approximately 40% of apprehensions for motor vehicle Theft.  To investigate the nature of this seemingly high level of involement of young people in vehicle theft, this study focused on a cohort of individuals, born in 1985, who came into contact with the criminal justice system by way of an apprehension as a juvenile.
Motor vehicle theft 2005-07
OCSAR News - Vol 2, Issue 3 (108kb)
This newsletter contains: Director's Report; OCSAR's Year in Review, 2004; Evaluation of Local Vehicle Theft Reduction Initative; Recorded Crime, Australia, 2004: The South Australian Perspective; Chronically offending Youth and multiple service use; Staff Developments.
Newsletter 2005-06
Recorded Crime - Victims: 2004: The South Australian Perspective (220kb)
This Information Bulletin summarises the key findings from Recorded Crime, Australia: 2004, released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on 23rd June 2005. This 2004 report is the eleventh publication from the National Crime Statistics Unit (ABS, 2005: Cat No 4510.0), which was established within the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 1990 to produce uniform national statistics on crimes recorded by police. To this end, the Unit has established a set of uniform offence classifications and counting rules designed to remove the past difficulties in comparing rates of recorded crime between states. The report details the number of victims per offence category recorded by police between January and December 2004, and can be used: 1)to examine changes in victimisation rates within South Australia between 2003 and 2004; 2)to compare recorded crime rates in South Australia with other jurisdictions in 2004; and 3)to compare South Australian and national crime trends from 1995 to 2004. For explanations of the difference between ABS National Recorded Crime figures and OCSAR figures, please refer to the Technical Paper titled "Recorded Crime Statistics".
Crime statistics 2005-06
Recorded Crime Statistics: Reasons for the difference between ABS National figures and OCSAR figures (789kb)
The aim of this Technical Paper is to provide explanations for the difference between the ABS Recorded Crime - Victims, Australia figures and those produced by OCSAR in its Crime and Justice publication.
Crime statistics 2005-06
Young People Born 1984 - Offending behaviour of juveniles apprehended at least once. (1,018kb)
This paper reports on the offending behaviour of those members of the 1984 cohort who were apprehended at least once by police during their juvenile years. Whereas the previous paper in this series of reports looked at both offenders and non-offenders within the cohort, this current report is concerned only with those who had at least one contact with the justice system. In addition to profiling the extent of contact, the report examines two issues in some detail; namely, the age of onset of offending and the nature or seriousness of that offending.
Juvenile justice 2005-06
Correctional Services Statistics, 2003 (199kb)
This Bulletin is the third in a series of Information Bulletins and provides a descriptive summary of the statistics contained in the publication Crime and Justice in South Australia 2003, Adult Courts and Corrections.
Crime statistics 2005-05
DUMA Amphetamines Bulletin (138kb)
This DUMA Bulletin presents a brief overview of recent major findings relating to amphetamine use amongst police detainees in South Australia. Information is provided on the patterns of amphetamine use among this group as well as the impacts on related offending, driving behaviour including police pursuits, violence in the home and mental health. More detailed information about amphetamine use among detainees can be found in the quarterly DUMA reports available on this website.
Drugs 2005-05
Higher Courts Statistics, 2003 (170kb)
This Bulletin is the second in a series of Information Bulletins and provides a descriptive summary of the statistics contained in the publication Crime and Justice in South Australia 2003, Adult Courts and Corrections.
Crime statistics 2005-05
Juvenile Justice in South Australia: A 2004 update (195kb)
The aim of this Information Bulletin is to provide an update on current trends in juvenile justice in South Australia. It summarises some of the preliminary findings from a much more extensive report, Crime and Justice in South Australia, Juvenile Justice, which is due to be release by OCSAR in mid 2005.
Crime statistics 2005-05
Motor Vehicle Theft in SA - Quarterly Reports
The quarterly statistical reports are produced for the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (NMVTRC) by the National Comprehensive Auto-theft Research System (CARS). The South Australian report made available here is approximately twenty pages and includes key statistical highlights and various vehicle characteristic, geographical and temporal breakdowns.
2004 - December Quarter (412kb)
2004 - September Quarter (393kb)
2005 - March Quarter
Motor vehicle theft 2005-05
OCSAR Year in Review - 2004 (3,395kb)
Since its establishment some 26 years ago, the nature, range and complexity of work undertaken by the Office of Crime Statistics and Research has continued to expand. The year 2004 was no exception. Yet as the work of the Office grows and as our stakeholders become more diverse, there is a tendency for knowledge about what we do to become fragmented. This report attempts to counteract that by bringing together, in the one document, a comprehensive overview of all of the major initiatives and projects in which OCSAR was involved in 2004, with a view to providing a more holistic profile of our activities and functions.
Annual report 2005-05
Offences cleared by way of an Apprehension, 2003 (173kb)
This Bulletin is the third in a series of Information Bulletins and provides a descriptive summary of the statistics contained in the publication Crime and Justice in South Australia 2003, Offences reported to Police, the Victims and Alleged Perpetrators.
Crime statistics 2005-05
Offending at 16 to 20 years of age - Identifying youth for intensive intervention (941kb)
Most young people who come into contact with the juvenile justice system do not reoffend, irrespective of whether or not the offence was detected or prosecuted. However, there is a small minority who 'persist' in their offending and they are repeatedly apprehended by police during their juvenile and young adult years. This group of Chronic Offenders was the focus of a study recently undertaken by OCSAR to identify youth who would benefit from intensive intervention. This report provides a description of: All youth aged 16-20 years apprehended during the financial year 2003/04 (the offender study group); Chronic Offenders within the study group, including those classified as 'serious' offenders; and Prolific Offenders within the study group, including those classified as 'serious offenders'.
Juvenile justice 2005-05
DUMA Quarterly Report: October - December 2004 (622kb)
This report details the results of the South Australian operation of Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) Project which measures drug use among those people who have been recently apprehended by police. The data from is used to examine issues such as the relationship between drugs and violent and property crime, monitor patterns of drug use across time and help assess the need for drug treatment amongst the offender population. Each quarter, interviews are conducted with detainees at two sites within South Australia - at the Adelaide City Watchhouse and Elizabeth Police Station Cells. Detainees are also requested to provide a urine sample for drug testing.
Drugs 2005-04
OCSAR News - Vol 2, Issue 2 (143kb)
This newsletter contains: Director's Report; Police Drug Diversion Initiative Evaluation - an update; Young people born in 1984 - Extent of involvement in the Juvenile Justice system; Identifying chronic offenders; Drug Use Monitoring in Australia; What's new at OCSAR; Drug Strategy Performance Indicators Report; Staff Developments.
Newsletter 2005-04
Young People Born 1984 - Extent of Involvement with the juvenile justice system (853kb)
This study investigates the extent and nature of contact of a cohort of offenders born in 1984. This cohort was the first to come through the new juvenile justice system introduced by the South Australian Young Offenders Act 1993. While the results from this study are spread across four reports, this first report identifies what proportion of the cohort experienced at least one formal police apprehension during their juvenile years. This provides a point of comparison with the earlier findings of Morgan and Gardner (1992) who assessed the extent of contact with the South Australian juvenile justice system of the 1962 and 1972 birth cohorts, both of which came under quite different juvenile justice systems.
Juvenile justice 2005-04
Criminal Courts Australia 2003-04 (157kb)
This Information Bulletin outlines the key findings from the ABS Criminal Courts publication (Cat 4513.0) and supplementary tables - released on 11 February 2005. The publication provides an overview of the characteristics of defendants dealt with by the Criminal Courts, including offences and sentence types to time taken from initiation to finalisation, for the period 1 July 2003 to 30 June 2004.
Crime statistics 2005-03
Evaluation of the Fake ID program (944kb)
This report summarises the activity and findings associated with an evaluation of this initiative. The evaluation was conducted by the Office of Crime Statistics and Research with the assistance of the Sturt Drug Action Team Coordinator and a representative of the Office of Liquor and Gambling.
Fake ID 2005-03
Justice Portfolio Drug Strategy Indicators - Annual Report (480kb)
This project was initiated in July 2002 by the Justice Portfolio's Criminal Justice Leadership Group, under the specific direction of the then Deputy Chief Executive Kym Kelly. Its aim was to identify potential performance indicators that could be used by the Justice Portfolio to measure success in the achievement of its strategic priority "Protecting the community from the consequences of drug trafficking and abuse".
Drugs 2005-03
Magistrates Court Statistics,2003 (178kb)
This Bulletin is the first in a series of Information Bulletins and provides a descriptive summary of the statistics contained in the publication Crime and Justice in South Australia 2003, Adult Courts and Corrections.
Crime statistics 2005-03
OCSAR News - Vol 2, Issue 1 (143kb)
This newsletter contains articles outlining: Evaluation of the Fake ID Program; Evaluation of the Magistrates Court Assessment and Referral Drug Scheme; New CARS report; What's new at OCSAR; Report on ANZSOC Conference; and staff changes.
Newsletter 2005-02
Offending profiles of SA Drug Court Pilot Program 'Completors' (869kb)
The Drug Court Pilot Program, which commenced operation in May 2000 at the Adelaide Magistrates Court, aims (amongst other things) to prevent further offending by ensuring effective interventions and treatment for participants whose offending is linked in some way to illicit drug use. This evaluation examines whether this aim is being achieved by comparing the offending profiles of participants before and after program completion
Drugs 2005-02
Incidents and Offences reported to police in 2003 (843kb)
This Bulletin is the first in a series of Information Bulletins and provides a descriptive summary of the statistics contained in the publication Crime and Justice in South Australia 2003, Offences reported to Police, the Victims and Alleged Perpetrators.
Crime statistics 2005-01
Juvenile Justice in South Australia: Where are we now? (789kb)
This Information Bulletin provides an overview of some of those historical aspects, and presents some statistics on how the current system is working.
Juvenile justice 2005-01
DUMA Annual Report
This four volume 2003/04 annual report details the results of the South Australian operation of Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) Project. This report contains a comprehensive analysis of DUMA data, including urinalysis results, self-reported drug use, drug related criminal history, drug markets, licit drug use, treatment programs and gambling. The report consists of four volumes focusing on the Adelaide City Watchhouse, the Elizabeth Police Station Cells, the Comparisons between South Australian DUMA sites and all the Addendums that were run in 2003/04.
1. Adelaide City Watchhouse (827kb)
2. Elizabeth Police Station Cells (821kb)
3. Comparisons of SA DUMA sites (407kb)
4. Addenda 2003/04 (476kb)
Drugs 2004-12
DUMA Quarterly Report: July - September 2004 (642kb)
This report details the results of the South Australian operation of Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) Project which measures drug use among those people who have been recently apprehended by police. The data from is used to examine issues such as the relationship between drugs and violent and property crime, monitor patterns of drug use across time and help assess the need for drug treatment amongst the offender population. Each quarter, interviews are conducted with detainees at two sites within South Australia - at the Adelaide City Watchhouse and Elizabeth Police Station Cells. Detainees are also requested to provide a urine sample for drug testing.
Drugs 2004-12
Monitoring the Adelaide Dry Area (1,706kb)
This Evaluation Report is divided into two sections. The first section focusses on the six key objectives of the Adelaide Dry Area Trial and seeks to identify whether these objectives are being achieved. The second section outlines possible strategies for on-going monitoring.
Alcohol 2004-12
Motor Vehicle Theft in South Australia, 2003/04: A statistical report from the CARS database (966kb)
Recognised throughout Australia as one of the most detailed sources of statistics relating to stolen vehicles this report serves as an important statistical reference for criminologists, crime prevention practitioners, policy advisers, or anyone with an interest in the area of motor vehicle theft. Produced by the Office of Crime Statistics and Research, the 215 page report analyses data from the CARS (Comprehensive Auto-theft Research System) database, which integrates vehicle theft data from Police, TransportSA (Registration and Licensing) and the insurance industry. Topics covered include: South Australian and Interstate Trends; Temporal Characteristics; Spatial Characteristics; Vehicle Characteristics; Insurance Analyses; Offender Profiles; Responses by the Criminal Justice System. In addition there are detailed profiles and thematic maps of each of 29 Statistical Local Areas within the Adelaide metropolitan area.
Motor vehicle theft 2004-12
OCSAR News - Vol 1, Issue 3 (211kb)
This newsletter contains articles outlining: OCSAR's Significant Events Register; Norah Fahy joins the team at OCSAR; Greening of the office; Illicit Drugs and Crime Seminar; What's new at OCSAR; Successes of the SA Drug Court; Staff departures.
Newsletter 2004-12
Crime and Justice in South Australia, 2003. Adult Courts and Corrections
1. Text (523kb)
2. Magistrates Court Statistics (Tables) (279kb)
3. Supreme and District Courts Statistics (Tables) (220kb)
4. Correctional Services Statistics (Tables) (294kb)
5. Appendix (including explanatory notes) (791kb)
Courts and corrections 2004-11
Crime and Justice in South Australia, 2003. Juvenile Justice
1. Text (511kb)
2. Police Statistics (197kb)
3. Family Conference Statistics (166kb)
4. Youth Court Statistics (159kb)
5. Juveniles in Custody Statistics (90kb)
6. Appendix (including explanatory notes) (369kb)
Juvenile justice 2004-11
Crime and Justice in South Australia, 2003. Offences reported to Police, the Victims and Alleged Perpetrators
1. Overview (537kb)
2. Police Incident Reports (98kb)
3. Offences recorded by Police (234kb)
4. Clearance Status of Offences (190kb)
5. Victims of offences recorded by Police (175kb)
6. Offences cleared by an Apprehension (414kb)
7. Appendix (including explanatory notes) (230kb)
Crime statistics 2004-11
OCSAR News - Vol 1, Issue 2 (189kb)
This newsletter contains articles outlining: Release of Crime and Justice Police report; Evaluation Advice Service; What's new at OCSAR; Moving to a new premises; Crime Mapper; and seminar program
Newsletter 2004-10
Aboriginal (Nunga) Courts (483kb)
This Information Bulletin outlines the development of the Aboriginal Courts in South Australia. The key features of the court valued by Aboriginal people are identified and described within the context of a more culturally appropriate process than mainstream courts. Suggestions are made to further enhance the operation and effectiveness of the courts.
Indigenous 2004-09
DUMA Quarterly Report: April - June 2004 (570kb)
This report details the results of the South Australian operation of Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) Project which measures drug use among those people who have been recently apprehended by police. The data from is used to examine issues such as the relationship between drugs and violent and property crime, monitor patterns of drug use across time and help assess the need for drug treatment amongst the offender population. Each quarter, interviews are conducted with detainees at two sites within South Australia - at the Adelaide City Watchhouse and Elizabeth Police Station Cells. Detainees are also requested to provide a urine sample for drug testing.
Drugs 2004-09
Evaluation of the Sexual Offences Awareness Program (SOAP) (1,095kb)
The Sex Offence Awareness Program (SOAP) was a pilot initiative, developed between police, community services and local schools. It aimed to raise young people's awareness of sexual assault, promote behaviours which would reduce their exposure to potential assaults and advise them of the rights of victims of sexual assault. The evaluation was based primarily on pre and post surveys administered to students which measured changes in knowledge, attitudes and behaviours.
Sexual offences 2004-09
A profile of remandees in custody in South Australia on 30 June 2002 (455kb)
This Information Bulletin summarises the findings from a study of 100 males who were remanded in custody in South Australia on 30 June 2002.
Bail/remand 2004-08
DUMA Quarterly Report: January - March 2004 (575kb)
This report details the results of the South Australian operation of Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) Project which measures drug use among those people who have been recently apprehended by police. The data from is used to examine issues such as the relationship between drugs and violent and property crime, monitor patterns of drug use across time and help assess the need for drug treatment amongst the offender population. Each quarter, interviews are conducted with detainees at two sites within South Australia - at the Adelaide City Watchhouse and Elizabeth Police Station Cells. Detainees are also requested to provide a urine sample for drug testing.
Drugs 2004-08
DUMA Quarterly Report: October - December 2003 (5340kb)
This report details the results of the South Australian operation of Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) Project which measures drug use among those people who have been recently apprehended by police. The data from is used to examine issues such as the relationship between drugs and violent and property crime, monitor patterns of drug use across time and help assess the need for drug treatment amongst the offender population. Each quarter, interviews are conducted with detainees at two sites within South Australia - at the Adelaide City Watchhouse and Elizabeth Police Station Cells. Detainees are also requested to provide a urine sample for drug testing.
Drugs 2004-08
Male Custodial Remands in South Australia (322kb)
This Information Bulletin summarises the findings from a study of time remanded in custody by male defendants between January 1997 and December 2001.
Bail/remand 2004-08
National Crime Statistics - An Update 2003, The South Australian Perspective (236)
This information Bulletin describes the findings, as they pertain to South Australia, of the third report of the National Crime Statistics Unit within the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The Bulletin details the number of crimes reported to police between January and December 1995 for a selected range of offence categories and places South Australian crime trends within the Australian context.
National crime statistics 2004-08
OCSAR News - Vol 1, Issue 1 (176kb)
This newsletter contains articles outlining: DUMA reports released; Magistreates Court Diversion Program: A Success Story; International Award for CARS; Recent and upcoming releases; A Crime and Justice makeover; Sayonara Kristin; and Seminar Program.
Newsletter 2004-08
Magistrates Court Diversion Program - An Analysis of Post Program Offending - Evaluation findings (full report) (3.258kb)
The Adelaide Magistrates Court Diversion Program (MCDP), which commenced operation in August 1999, aimed (amongst other things) to prevent further offending behaviour by ensuring effective interventions and treatment for participants. This report seeks to determine whether this aim is being met. In particular, it asks two questions: Firstly, has there been a reduction in offending amongst MCDP clients after program completion? Secondly, what factors seem to predict the likelihood of post-program offending?
Diversion programs 2004-07
Magistrates Court Diversion Program - An Analysis of Post Program Offending - Evaluation findings (short report) (1,389kb)
The Adelaide Magistrates Court Diversion Program (MCDP), which commenced operation in August 1999, aimed (amongst other things) to prevent further offending behaviour by ensuring effective interventions and treatment for participants. This report seeks to determine whether this aim is being met. In particular, it asks two questions: Firstly, has there been a reduction in offending amongst MCDP clients after program completion? Secondly, what factors seem to predict the likelihood of post-program offending?
Diversion programs 2004-07
Child Sexual Assault - tracking from police incident report to finalisation in court (1,076kb)
This paper outlines some preliminary findings from a detailed study of child sexual offence victims currently being undertaken by the Office of Crime Statistics and Research as part of a broader study into child victimizations.
Sexual violence 2004-06
Child Victimisations - tracking from incident report to finalisation in court: some methodological issues (1,188kb)
This paper will elaborate upon the range of methodological issues confronted by the Office of Crime Statistics and Research in its recent attempts to track child victimisation incidents through the criminal justice system. It will also outline the strategies used to deal with these issues and the limitations implicit in those strategies.
Victimisation 2004-06
DUMA Annual Report
This four volume 2002/03 annual report details the results of the South Australian operation of Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) Project. This report contains a comprehensive analysis of DUMA data, including urinalysis results, self-reported drug use, drug related criminal history, drug markets, licit drug use, treatment programs and gambling. The report consists of four volumes focusing on the Adelaide City Watchhouse, the Elizabeth Police Station Cells, the Comparisons between South Australian DUMA sites and all the Addendums that were run in 2002/03.
1. Adelaide City Watchhouse (859kb)
2. Elizabeth Police Station Cells (843kb)
3. Comparisons of SA DUMA sites (370kb)
4. Addenda 2002/03 (508kb)
Drugs 2004-06
DUMA Quarterly Report: July - September 2003 (533kb)
This report details the results of the South Australian operation of Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) Project which measures drug use among those people who have been recently apprehended by police. The data from is used to examine issues such as the relationship between drugs and violent and property crime, monitor patterns of drug use across time and help assess the need for drug treatment amongst the offender population. Each quarter, interviews are conducted with detainees at two sites within South Australia - at the Adelaide City Watchhouse and Elizabeth Police Station Cells. Detainees are also requested to provide a urine sample for drug testing.
Drugs 2004-06
Explanations for the High Proportion of SA matters classified by the ABS as withdrawn in 2001/02 (287kb)
The aim of this present study is to explain why, according to the 2001/02 ABS report, a higher proportion of South Australian defendants had their matters finalised via the withdrawal of the charges by the prosecution than any other state/territory.
Courts and corrections 2004-06
Crime and Justice in South Australia, 2002. Juvenile Justice
1. Text (230kb)
2. Police Statistics (116kb)
3. Family Conference Statistics (95kb)
4. Youth Court Statistics (91kb)
5. Juveniles in Custody Statistics (38kb)
6. Appendix (including explanatory notes) (100kb)
Juvenile justice 2004-01
DUMA Quarterly Report: April - June 2003 (2107kb)
This report details the results of the South Australian operation of Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) Project which measures drug use among those people who have been recently apprehended by police. The data from is used to examine issues such as the relationship between drugs and violent and property crime, monitor patterns of drug use across time and help assess the need for drug treatment amongst the offender population. Each quarter, interviews are conducted with detainees at two sites within South Australia - at the Adelaide City Watchhouse and Elizabeth Police Station Cells. Detainees are also requested to provide a urine sample for drug testing.
Drugs 2004-01
Motor Vehicle Theft in South Australia 2002/2003 (764kb)
This report analyses all vehicle thefts reported to South Australian Police during the 2002/2003 financial year. Produced by the National CARS Project for the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council this report provides a statistical reference for the stakeholders wishing to develop or evaluate theft reduction strategies. Analyses include: temporal characteristics associated with vehicle thefts (eg. time, day of week and month of thefts and any recoveries, time elapsed between theft and reporting to police, time till recovery, number of repeat victimisations); spatial characteristics (eg. theft and recoveries by type of location, postcodes, suburb, Statistical Local Areas, distance between theft and recovery); vehicle characteristics (such as make, model, year of manufacture, body type, engine capacity, number of cylinders, transmission, condition of recovered vehicles, parts removed from recovered vehicles, method of entry, reason for theft, financial encumbrance, and estimated vehicle value); Offender characteristics (such as number of apprehension, unique inviduals and counts, age and sex of offenders, country of birth, ethnic appearance, marital and employment status, number of prior convictions, prior detention or imprisonment, time since last conviction, Magistrate's, District and Supreme Court outcomes and penalties).
Motor vehicle theft 2004-01
Gambling and Crime in South Australia (536kb)
This report outlines the results of research undertaken by the Office of Crime Statistics and Research (OCSAR) on gambling related crime in South Australia. The work was commissioned by the Independent Gambling Authority (IGA) in response to a request from the Minister for Gambling.
Gambling 2003-12
Crime and Justice in South Australia, 2002. Adult Courts and Corrections
1. Text (210kb)
2. Magistrates Court Statistics (Tables) (217kb)
3. Supreme and District Courts Statistics (Tables) (129kb)
4. Correctional Services Statistics (Tables) (156kb)
5. Appendix (including explanatory notes) (145kb)
Courts and corrections 2003-10
DUMA Quarterly Report: January - March 2003 (1856kb)
This report details the results of the South Australian operation of Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) Project which measures drug use among those people who have been recently apprehended by police. The data from DUMA is used to examine issues such as the relationship between drugs and violent and property crime, monitor patterns of drug use across time and help assess the need for drug treatment amongst the offender population. Each quarter, interviews are conducted with detainees at two sites within South Australia - at the Adelaide City Watchhouse and Elizabeth Police Station Cells. Detainees are also requested to provide a urine sample for drug testing.
Drugs 2003-10
DUMA Quarterly Report: October - December 2002 (2015kb)
This report details the results of the South Australian operation of Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) Project which measures drug use among those people who have been recently apprehended by police. The data from DUMA is used to examine issues such as the relationship between drugs and violent and property crime, monitor patterns of drug use across time and help assess the need for drug treatment amongst the offender population. Each quarter, interviews are conducted with detainees at two sites within South Australia - at the Adelaide City Watchhouse and Elizabeth Police Station Cells. Detainees are also requested to provide a urine sample for drug testing.
Drugs 2003-09
Crime and Justice in South Australia, 2002. Offences reported to Police, the Victims and Alleged Perpetrators
1. Overview (1195kb)
2. Police Incident Reports (91kb)
3. Offences recorded by Police (203kb)
4. Clearance Status of Offences (183kb)
5. Victims of offences recorded by Police (156kb)
6. Offences cleared by an Apprehension (398kb)
7. Appendix (including explanatory notes) (224kb)
Crime statistics 2003-08
DUMA Quarterly Report: July - September 2002 (2340kb)
This report details the results of the South Australian operation of Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) Project which measures drug use among those people who have been recently apprehended by police. The data from DUMA is used to examine issues such as the relationship between drugs and violent and property crime, monitor patterns of drug use across time and help assess the need for drug treatment amongst the offender population. Each quarter, interviews are conducted with detainees at two sites within South Australia - at the Adelaide City Watchhouse and Elizabeth Police Station Cells. Detainees are also requested to provide a urine sample for drug testing.
Drugs 2003-07
DUMA Quarterly Report: April - June 2002 (1308kb)
This report details the results of the South Australian operation of Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) Project which measures drug use among those people who have been recently apprehended by police. The data from DUMA is used to examine issues such as the relationship between drugs and violent and property crime, monitor patterns of drug use across time and help assess the need for drug treatment amongst the offender population. Each quarter, interviews are conducted with detainees at two sites within South Australia - at the Adelaide City Watchhouse and Elizabeth Police Station Cells. Detainees are also requested to provide a urine sample for drug testing.
Drugs 2003-05
Crime and Justice in South Australia, 2001. Adult Courts and Corrections
1. Text (485kb)
2. Magistrates Court Statistics (259kb)
3. Supreme and District Courts Statistics (304kb)
4. Correctional Services Statistics (261kb)
5. Appendix (including explanatory notes) (344kb)
Courts and corrections 2003-02
Extent of offending by person on parole, home detention or bail (134kb)
This briefing paper provides data on the number of adults who offended while on parole or on various types of home detention. In particular, it details levels of offending by persons on (1)Bail - home detention (alternatively referred to as Intensive Bail Supervision), (2) Home detention bond, (3)Post-prison home detention, (4)Parole, (5)Interstate parole, (6)Licence. Information was also sought on the level of offending while individuals were on court-ordered bail. However, the only category where this proved possible was that of bail - home detention.
Crime statistics 2003-02
Crime and Justice in South Australia, 2001. Juvenile Justice
1. Text (484kb)
2. Police Statistics (175kb)
3. Family Conference Statistics (148kb)
4. Youth Court Statistics (135kb)
5. Juveniles in Custody Statistics (84kb)
6. Appendix (including explanatory notes) (279kb)
7. Entire Report (964kb)
Juvenile justice 2002-10
Crime and Justice in South Australia, 2001. Offences reported to Police, the Victims and Alleged Perpetrators
1. Overview (493kb)
2. Police Incident Reports (69kb)
3. Offences recorded by Police (175kb)
4. Clearance Status of Offences (161kb)
5. Victims of offences recorded by Police (127kb)
6. Offences cleared by an Apprehension (334kb)
7. Appendix (including explanatory notes) (219kb)
Crime statistics 2002-10
Motor Vehicle Theft in South Australia 2001/2002 (717kb)
This report analyses all vehicle thefts reported to South Australian Police during the 2001/2002 financial year. Produced by the National CARS Project for the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council this report provides a statistical reference for the stakeholders wishing to develop or evaluate theft reduction strategies. Analyses include: temporal characteristics associated with vehicle thefts (eg. time, day of week and month of thefts and any recoveries, time elapsed between theft and reporting to police, time till recovery, number of repeat victimisations); spatial characteristics (eg. theft and recoveries by type of location, postcodes, suburb, Statistical Local Areas, distance between theft and recovery); vehicle characteristics (such as make, model, year of manufacture, body type, engine capacity, number of cylinders, transmission, condition of recovered vehicles, parts removed from recovered vehicles, method of entry, reason for theft, financial encumbrance, and estimated vehicle value); Offender characteristics (such as number of apprehension, unique inviduals and counts, age and sex of offenders, country of birth, ethnic appearance, marital and employment status, number of prior convictions, prior detention or imprisonment, time since last conviction, Magistrate's, District and Supreme Court outcomes and penalties).
Motor vehicle theft 2002-10
National crime statistics: An update 2001, The South Australian perspective (531kb)
This Information Bulletin outlines the findings of the eighth publication by the National Crime Statistics Unit (ABS, 2001: Cat No 4510.0). It reports on the number of victims per offence category recorded by police between January and December 2001. Some earlier figures from 1993 to 2000 have also been provided in the Paper for comparative purposes.
National crime statistics 2002-06
An increasing Indigenous population? (878kb)
This Information Bulletin focuses on this one issue, changing trends in the Indigenous population. It details the factors involved in the increased Indigenous count in the 1996 Census and outlines population projections as determined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Indigenous 2002-04
Cases committed to the higher courts in 2000: Time taken to finalise (212kb)
This study investigates the time between committal and first hearing in the higher court as well as the time between committal and finalisation for cases committed to the higher courts during 2000. In recognition that this may vary according to the major charge and the reason for committal (ie. for trial or sentence), a breakdown of cases committed to the higher courts according to these two factors is also provided.
Courts and corrections 2002-04
Repeat contact with the Juvenile Justice System. Apprehensions by police (45kb)
This Information Bulletin uses police apprehensions data for the year 2000 to provide an overview of the frequency of offending by juveniles. Included are data on the number of apprehensions and charges listed against individual youth. Male/female and Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal profiles are compared.
Juvenile justice 2002-03
Repeat contact with the Juvenile Justice system. Contact with the Youth Court (97kb)
This Information Bulletin provides data on the frequency of contact of individual juveniles with the Youth Court. The study takes as its starting point those individual youth who had at least one finalised 'proved' case in 2000. For these young people, all 'proved' cases dealt with in the period 1996 to 2000 were retrieved to provide some indication of the extent of the previous contact within the court system. Information on the number of prior 'proved' cases and the earliest year of contact is detailed.
Juvenile justice 2002-03
Robbery (173kb)
South Australian police statistics recorded 1,167 robbery offences in 1997, and revealed a substantial increase in the following year with a total of 1,706 robbery offences. This report is an attempt to provide detailed information on a sample of robbery offences. It aims to get behind the statistics and obtain some understanding of the complexities surrounding the incident itself.
Robbery 2002-03
Crime and Justice in South Australia, 2000. Adult Courts and Corrections
1. Text (383kb)
2. Magistrates Court Statistics (257kb)
3. Supreme and District Courts Statistics (255kb)
4. Correctional Services Statistics (248kb)
5. Appendix (including explanatory notes) (226kb)
Courts and corrections 2001-12
Drug-related property crime in South Australia in 2000 (159kb)
The Information Bulletin examines statistics relating to selected apprehension reports in 2000 to determine whether official crime statistics show any association between detected property crime and drug offences. It examines the number of apprehension reports in 2000 that have an associated drug charge and identifies the number of discrete individuals apprehended in 2000 who also had a prior drug charge.
Drugs 2001-12
Graffiti Vandalism Cases finalised in the Magistrates and Youth Court, 1997 - 2000 (30kb)
This paper provides information on the number of cases finalised in the Magistrates and Youth Courts between 1997 and 2000 where one of the offences charged was graffiti vandalism. It also details the outcomes of these cases and, for those cases where there was a finding of guilt, the penalties received. The data for this study were extracted by the Office of Crime Statistics and Research from the computerised databases maintained by the Courts Administration Authority.
Vandalism 2001-12
Assault by a family member (327kb)
This paper presents information from victimisation surveys as well as police statistics on the numbers and nature of domestic/family violence incidents recorded by police during the 2000 calendar year. In discussing domestic violence, two elements have to be addressed; how to define the behaviour and how to measure it. The first section of this paper considers these issues.
Domestic violence 2001-11
Cannabis Expiation Notices (CENs) in South Australia, 1997 to 2000 (184kb)
This Information Bulletin presents the preliminary results from Part 1 of a longer term study examining Cannabis Expiation Notices (CENs). Included are data for the period 1 January 1997 to 31 December 2000 on the number of CENs issued, the characteristics of CEN recipients, the types of offences contained on notices and expiation levels. Also included are data on the outcomes of expiation matters forwarded to court.
Drugs 2001-11
Cause death by dangerous driving (110kb)
This Information Bulletin focuses on the offence of cause death by dangerous driving. It identifies the number of such offences recorded by South Australian Police from 1988 to 2000, and then considers the outcomes and penalties imposed in those cases finalised by the Magistrates and Higher Courts over the past five years.
Driving offences 2001-11
Engine Immobilisers: How effective are they? (253kb)
This report evaluates the effectiveness of engine immobilisers within the Australian vehicle fleet during 2000. The report was prepared for the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (NMVTRC).
Motor vehicle theft 2001-11
Crime and Justice in South Australia, 2000. Juvenile Justice
1. Text (330kb)
2. Police Statistics (153kb)
3. Family Conference Statistics (105kb)
4. Youth Court Statistics (120kb)
5. Juveniles in Custody Statistics (40kb)
6. Appendix (including explanatory notes) (133kb)
Juvenile justice 2001-10
Motor Vehicle Theft in South Australia 2000/2001 (661kb)
This report analyses all vehicle thefts reported to South Australian Police during the 2000/2001 financial year. Produced by the National CARS Project for the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council this report provides a statistical reference for the stakeholders wishing to develop or evaluate theft reduction strategies. Analyses include: temporal characteristics associated with vehicle thefts (eg. time, day of week and month of thefts and any recoveries, time elapsed between theft and reporting to police, time till recovery, number of repeat victimisations); spatial characteristics (eg. theft and recoveries by type of location, postcodes, suburb, Statistical Local Areas, distance between theft and recovery); vehicle characteristics (such as make, model, year of manufacture, body type, engine capacity, number of cylinders, transmission, condition of recovered vehicles, parts removed from recovered vehicles, method of entry, reason for theft, financial encumbrance, and estimated vehicle value); Offender characteristics (such as number of apprehension, unique inviduals and counts, age and sex of offenders, country of birth, ethnic appearance, marital and employment status, number of prior convictions, prior detention or imprisonment, time since last conviction, Magistrate's, District and Supreme Court outcomes and penalties).
Motor vehicle theft 2001-10
Crime and Justice in South Australia, 2000. Offences reported to Police, the Victims and Alleged Perpetrators
1. Overview (381kb)
2. Police Incident Reports (8kb)
3. Offences recorded by Police (107kb)
4. Clearance Status of Offences (100kb)
5. Victims of offences recorded by Police (45kb)
6. Offences cleared by an Apprehension (348kb)
7. Appendix (including explanatory notes) (94kb)
Crime statistics 2001-08
Motor vehicle theft penalties by prior convictions (51kb)
The aim of this Information Bulletin is to examine the types of penalties imposed for motor vehicle theft and to identify whether those penalties vary depending on whether the offender had a prior record for the same or related offences.
Motor vehicle theft 2001-08
Magistrates Court Diversion Program Overview of key data findings (116kb)
This Information Bulletin describes the rationale behind the introduction of the Magistrates Court Diversion Program, and the aims and objectives of the program. It also presents some of the findings from an evaluation of the pilot Magistrates Court Diversion Program undertaken by the Office of Crime Statistics and Research on behalf of the Justice Strategy Unit of the South Australian Attorney-General's Department.
Diversion programs 2001-07
Motor Vehicle Theft Targets (40kb)
Fact Sheet
Motor vehicle theft 2001-07
Stalking in South Australia. The criminal justice response (53kb)
Stalking is generally understood as behaviour that constitutes 'continual harassment of one person by another' or 'persistent and unwanted attention'. From June 1994, as a result of amendments to the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935 contained in the Domestic Violence Act 1994, it became an offence to 'stalk' another person in South Australia. This bulletin analyses the number of stalking offences recorded by police, the number of offences cleared and the method of clearance. It also examines victim and offender profiles and the nature of their relationship, and summarises the outcomes of court cases involving stalking offences.
Stalking 2001-07
Substance use by South Australian young offenders (139kb)
This Information Bulletin presents a statistical overview of levels of recent psychoactive substance use reported by young offenders resident in South Australian youth detention centres. The association between using substances and offender status is examined as is the association between substance use and recent criminal activity.
Juvenile justice 2001-07
Motor Cycle Theft (41kb)
Fact Sheet
Motor vehicle theft 2001-06
National Crime Statistics: An update 2000, The South Australian perspective (107kb)
The Australian Bureau of Statistics formed a National Crime Statistics Unit in 1990. The key function of this Unit is to produce uniform statistics on crimes reported to police. To this end, it has established a set of uniform offence classifications and counting rules designed to remove the past difficulties in comparing rates of reported crime between states. This Information Bulletin outlines the findings of the eighth publication by the National Crime Statistics Unit (ABS, 2001: Cat No 4510.0). It reports on the number of victims per offence category recorded by police between January and December 2000. Some earlier figures from 1993 to 1999 have also been provided in the Bulletin for comparative purposes.
National crime statistics 2001-06
Recorded Crime
This Information Bulletin reports on the number and type of offences recorded by the South Australian Police in 2000. Longitudinal profiles for selected offences (spanning the 1992 to 2000 period) are also provided. This Information Bulletin has been removed from the website because it has been replaced by Crime and Justice 2000, Offences Reported to Police, the Victims and Alleged Perpetrators.
Crime statistics 2001-06
Motor Vehicle Theft Hotspots (35kb)
Fact Sheet
Motor vehicle theft 2001-05
The Cost of Motor Vehicle Theft (35kb)
Fact Sheet
Motor vehicle theft 2001-05
Crime and Safety in South Australia: Key findings from the ABS 2000 Survey (55kb)
In response to a submission by the Office of Crime Statistics and Research, the Australian Bureau of Statisics (ABS) undertook a South Australian Crime and Safety survey in October 2000. Findings from the survey were published in the ABS report 'Crime and Safety, South Australia, October 2000' (catalogue no. 4509.4). This Information Bulletin presents a summary of the key findings from that report and compares the results from the 2000 survey with those from previous Crime and Safety surveys.
Victimisation 2001-04
Youth Offending (26kb)
Fact Sheet
Juvenile justice 2000-12
Motor Vehicle Theft in South Australia 1999/2000 (723kb)
This report analyses all vehicle thefts reported to South Australian Police during the 1999/2000 financial year. Produced by the National CARS Project for the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council this report provides a statistical reference for the stakeholders wishing to develop or evaluate theft reduction strategies. Analyses include: temporal characteristics associated with vehicle thefts (eg. time, day of week and month of thefts and any recoveries, time elapsed between theft and reporting to police, time till recovery, number of repeat victimisations); spatial characteristics (eg. theft and recoveries by type of location, postcodes, suburb, Statistical Local Areas, distance between theft and recovery); vehicle characteristics (such as make, model, year of manufacture, body type, engine capacity, number of cylinders, transmission, condition of recovered vehicles, parts removed from recovered vehicles, method of entry, reason for theft, financial encumbrance, and estimated vehicle value); Offender characteristics (such as number of apprehension, unique inviduals and counts, age and sex of offenders, country of birth, ethnic appearance, marital and employment status, number of prior convictions, prior detention or imprisonment, time since last conviction, Magistrate's, District and Supreme Court outcomes and penalties).
Motor vehicle theft 2000-10
Crime and Justice in South Australia, 1999. Adult Courts and Corrections
1. Text (375kb)
2. Magistrates Court Statistics (253kb)
3. Supreme and District Courts Statistics (260kb)
4. Correctional Services Statistics (252kb)
5. Appendix (including explanatory notes) (214kb)
Courts and corrections 2000-09
Crime and Justice in South Australia, 1999. Juvenile Justice
1. Text (318kb)
2. Police Statistics (149kb)
3. Family Conference Statistics (99kb)
4. Youth Court Statistics (120kb)
5. Juveniles in Custody Statistics (37kb)
6. Appendix (including explanatory notes) (96kb)
Juvenile justice 2000-09
Crime and Justice in South Australia, 1999. Offences reported to Police, the Victims and Alleged Perpetrators
1. Overview (406kb)
2. Police Statistics (108kb)
3. Clearance Status of Offences (102kb)
4. Victims of offences recorded by Police (46kb)
5. Offences cleared by an Apprehension (337kb)
6. Appendix (including explanatory notes) (89kb)
Crime statistics 2000-09
Robbery in a Dwelling incidents: tracking from report to apprehension. Analysis of 1997 and 1998 Police Apprehension Reports (176kb)
This Bulletin expands upon previous analyses of Police Incident Reports relating to robbery in a dwelling offences recorded in 1997 and 1998. The current Bulletin tracks robbery incidents reported in 1997 and 1998 through to the next stage in the criminal justice system. More specifically, it examines incidents that subsequently resulted in apprehension. It describes the characteristics of incidents where apprehensions were made and, where appropriate, draws comparisons with incidents for which there were no apprehensions. It also provides information on the alleged offenders apprehended by police.
Robbery 2000-09
National Crime Statistics - An Update 1999, The South Australian Perspective
This Information Bulletin describes the findings, as they pertain to South Australia, of the seventh report of the National Crime Statistics Unit within the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The Bulletin details the number of crimes reported to police between January and December 1999 for a selected range of offence categories and places South Australian crime trends within the Australian context. Comparisons with data published in previous reports are also included.
National crime statistics 2000-08
Aboriginal People and the Criminal Justice System - Comparison of Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal cases finalised in the Magistrates Court and Higher Courts of South Australia (197kb)
This Information Bulletin discusses the extent, nature and outcomes associated with Aboriginal involvement in the Magistrates Court and the Higher Courts of South Australia.
Indigenous 2000-06
Arson on the Increase: Motor Vehicle Theft and Arson in South Australia (543kb)
Data published recently by the Arson Prevention Bureau (1998) in the United Kingdom reported a large increase in the incidence of stolen vehicles being recovered burnt from 1986 to 1996. In 1986 3.0% of all stolen vehicles were recovered burnt, and by 1996 this figure had increased to 8.3% making vehicle arson a significant problem to law enforcement agencies, emergency services and insurance companies in the UK. This extraordinary growth in motor vehicle (MV) arson represents a significant cost to the community in both financial and social terms and yet research examining the problem is scarce. This paper presents a detailed analysis of the problem in South Australia and forecasts the likely growth in the problem over the next five years. Characteristics of vehicle arson, including vehicle characteristics, temporal patterns and spatial patterns, are discussed, the relevant literature is reviewed and the motivations of offenders discussed.
Motor vehicle theft 2000-06
The Dispersion of Motor Vehicle Theft in South Australia 1998 (193kb)
Figures published in Motor Vehicle Theft in South Australia, 1998 revealed a significant increase in motor vehicle theft in South Australia since 1997 (see Table 1). However, this increase was not characteristic of every region in the state with some statistical local areas (SLAs) recording an increase in theft and others recording a decrease. Studying and analysing the distributive pattern of crime allows the resources most appropriate to that pattern to be determined and employed. An understanding of the dispersal of motor vehicle theft across South Australia enables crime prevention and policing resources to be appropriately allocated to particular areas or the state as a whole. This paper aims to graphically illustrate the dispersion of motor vehicle theft during 1998 and to show how the increase since 1997 was apportioned.
Motor vehicle theft 2000-04
Robbery in a Dwelling or Home Invasion? Analysis of 1998 Police Incident Reports (165kb)
This Information Bulletin uses incident report narratives to catagorise robbery in the home incidents into four types ranging from 'classic' through to 'unlikely' home invasions and details the individual characteristics of the robbery incidents.
Robbery 2000-03
Motor Vehicle Theft in South Australia, 1998: A statistical report from the CARS database (3563kb)
Recognised throughout Australia as one of the most detailed sources of statistics relating to stolen vehicles this report serves as an important statistical reference for criminologists, crime prevention practitioners, policy advisers, or anyone with an interest in the area of motor vehicle theft. Produced by the Office of Crime Statistics and Research, the 215 page report analyses data from the CARS (Comprehensive Auto-theft Research System) database, which integrates vehicle theft data from Police, TransportSA (Registration and Licensing) and the insurance industry. Topics covered include: South Australian and Interstate Trends; Temporal Characteristics; Spatial Characteristics; Vehicle Characteristics; Insurance Analyses; Offender Profiles; Responses by the Criminal Justice System. In addition there are detailed profiles and thematic maps of each of 29 Statistical Local Areas within the Adelaide metropolitan area.
Motor vehicle theft 1999-09
Home Invasion in South Australia (69kb)
This Information Bulletin discusses the meaning of "home invasion" from the perspective of police, victims and the media; examines the extent of "home invasion" and how different definitions affect overall numbers; and describes the characteristics of "home invasions" including the age and sex of victims.
Robbery 1999-08
National Crime Statistics - An Update 1998, The South Australian Perspective (239kb)
This Information Bulletin describes the findings, as they pertain to South Australia, of the sixth report of the National Crime Statistics Unit within the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The Bulletin details the number of crimes reported to police between January and December 1998 for a selected range of offence categories and places South Australian crime trends within the Australian context. Comparisons with data published in previous reports are also included.
National crime statistics 1999-06
Aboriginal People and the Criminal Justice System No.2. Comparison of Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal contact with the South Australia juvenile justice system, 1997 (652kb)
This report, which was partially funded by the Aboriginal Justice Advocacy Committee, is the second in the series focusing on Aboriginal involvement in the criminal justice system. It compares Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal contact with the South Australian juvenile justice system in 1997 in five main areas: Police apprehensions and actions taken following apprehension; Formal cautions administered by police; Family conference referrals and conferences held; Finalised appearances before the Youth Court; Juveniles held in custody in Youth Training Centres. The report identifies areas of difference between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal young people processed at each of these levels of the juvenile justice system, in relation to such factors as the sex, age and residential location of the young people, the type of offence alleged or charged and the outcome or penalty.
Indigenous 1999-04
Zero Tolerance Policing (129kb)
This Information Bulletin discusses: the meaning of zero tolerance; policies and practices associated with zero tolerance, as implemented in the United States and Britain; the success or otherwise of these practices; and the implications of zero tolerance for Australia.
Policing 1999-03
Remand in Custody (Limited hard copies are available of this report)
For the past decade the South Australian custodial remand rate, or the number of remand prisoners per 100,000 population, has been consistently higher than the average custodial remand rate for Australia.  In response, this report was prepared jointly by the Office of Crime Statistics and the Department for Correctional Services, in conjunction with the Remand Rate Working Group. This report does not attempt to explain the persistently high use of custodial remand in South Australia. Instead, it examines recent trends in the practice of custodial remands and explores some of the factors that may influence the number of remand prisoners in South Australia.
Bail/remand 1998-12
Higher Criminal Court Statistics 1996/97, The South Australian Perspective (134kb)
This Information Bulletin describes the findings, as they pertain to South Australia, of the third report of the National Criminal Courts Statistics Unit within the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The Bulletin places the criminal caseflows of the South Australian Higher Courts within the Australian context, detailing: the number of new defendants whose cases entered the Higher Courts during the period 1 July 1996 to 30 June 1997 and the way they were initiated; the number of defendants whose cases had a final outcome during the period and the way their cases were finalised; the number of defendants whose cases were initiated, but not finalised during the period; the duration of finalised cases.
Courts and corrections 1998-09
Motor Vehicle Theft in South Australia, 1997: A statistical report from the CARS database
Recognised throughout Australia as one of the most detailed sources of statistics relating to stolen vehicles this report serves as an important statistical reference for criminologists, crime prevention practitioners, policy advisers, or anyone with an interest in the area of motor vehicle theft. Produced by the Office of Crime Statistics and Research, the 221 page report analyses data from the CARS (Comprehensive Auto-theft Research System) database, which integrates vehicle theft data from Police, TransportSA (Registration and Licensing) and the insurance industry. Topics covered include: South Australian and Interstate Trends; Temporal Characteristics; Spatial Characteristics; Vehicle Characteristics; Insurance Analyses; Offender Profiles; Responses by the Criminal Justice System. In addition there are detailed profiles and thematic maps of each of 29 Statistical Local Areas within the Adelaide metropolitan area.
Motor vehicle theft 1998-09
National Crime Statistics - An Update 1997, The South Australian Perspective (191kb)
This Information Bulletin describes the findings, as they pertain to South Australia, of the fifth report of the National Crime Statistics Unit within the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The Bulletin details the number of crimes reported to police between January and December 1997 for a selected range of offence categories and places South Australian crime ternds within the Australian context. Comparisons with data published in previous reports are also included.
National crime statistics 1998-07
Crime and Justice in South Australia, 1998. Adult Courts and Corrections (Number 35-3)
Crime and Justice in South Australia has been published annually by the Office since 1987. It encompasses statistics on all aspects of the South Australian criminal justice system.
Courts and corrections 1998-01
Crime and Justice in South Australia, 1998. Juvenile Justice (Number 35-1)
Crime and Justice in South Australia has been published annually by the Office since 1987. It encompasses statistics on all aspects of the South Australian criminal justice system.
Juvenile justice 1998-01
Crime and Justice in South Australia, 1998. Offences reported to Police, the Victims and Alleged Perperators (Number 35-2)
Crime and Justice in South Australia has been published annually by the Office since 1987. It encompasses statistics on all aspects of the South Australian criminal justice system.
Crime statistics 1998-01
Restraining Orders and Stalking: Offences in 1995 and 1996 (138kb)
This Information Bulletin aims to provide a statistical overview of restraining order matters and stalking offences finalised in the Magistrates Court in 1995 and 1996. It includes information on: the number of restraining orders issued, varied or revoked; demographic characteristics of restraining order defendants; the number of restraining order breach offences; demographic characteristics of restraining order breach defendants; outcomes and penalties for restraining order breach offences; the number of finalised stalking offences; demographic characteristics of stalking defendants and victims; and outcomes and penalties for stalking offences.
Stalking 1998-01
Selected Offence Profiles (146kb)
This Information Bulletin aims to provide readers with a quick reference guide to the profiles of 20 selected offences. Each profile includes: longitudinal data of the number of offences reported to police between 1982 and 1996; the number of charges laid by police in 1996; charge outcomes for cases finalised in adult courts during 1996; the types of major penalty handed down for convicted offenders; average fines and prison sentences imposed on convicted offenders. For more detailed information, together with explanations of the counting rules and offence definitions used, readers are referred to the Office of Crime Statistics and Research publication "Crime and Justice in South Australia, 1996".
Crime statistics 1997-12
Drink Driving Report 1: Offences finalised in the Magistrates Court of South Australia, 1995 (340kb)
This report outlines the results of a study into adult drink driving, using data from SA Police and the Courts Administration Authority. The study was conducted by the Office of Crime Statistics and Research and partly funded by Transport SA's 1996/97 Road Safety Research Program. The objective of this report was to examine the profiles and offence histories of adults found guilty of a drink driving or an associated offence. Specifically, it aimed to: describe the demographic characteristics of drink driving offenders; examine any associated offending behaviour; compare the profiles of probationary licence offenders with those of full licence offenders and; describe the penalties imposed by the court and how they vary according to demographic factors.
Driving offences 1997-11
Aboriginal People and the Criminal Justice System No.1. Comparison of Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal cases finalised in the Magistrates Court of South Australia, 1995
The Office of Crime Statistics and Research, with the support of the Aboriginal Justice Advocacy Committee, is monitoring the extent, nature and outcomes of Aboriginal involvement with the South Australian criminal justice system, using official crime statistics generaged by the South Austarlian Police, the Courts Administration Authority, Correctional Services and the Department for Family and Community Services. This report compares Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cases finalised by the Magistrates Courts in South Australia in 1995 and identifies areas of difference between the two groups in relation to such factors as the types of charges, court outcomes and penalties. It should be stressed, however, that in identifying these differences, the Report makes no attempt to explain them. Much more detailed statistical analysis than that so far undertaken would be required before possible explanations could be offered. This Publication is currently unavailable in either an electronic or printed form. We are working towards supplying an electronic version.
Indigenous 1997-07
Motor Vehicle Theft in South Australia, 1996: A statistical report from the CARS database
Recognised throughout Australia as one of the most detailed sources of statistics relating to stolen vehicles this report serves as an important statistical reference for criminologists, crime prevention practitioners, policy advisers, or anyone with an interest in the area of motor vehicle theft. Produced by the Office of Crime Statistics and Research, the 211 page report analyses data from the CARS (Comprehensive Auto-theft Research System) database, which integrates vehicle theft data from Police, TransportSA (Registration and Licensing) and the insurance industry. Topics covered include: South Australian and Interstate Trends; Temporal Characteristics; Spatial Characteristics; Vehicle Characteristics; Insurance Analyses; Offender Profiles; Responses by the Criminal Justice System. In addition there are detailed profiles and thematic maps of each of 29 Statistical Local Areas within the Adelaide metropolitan area.
Motor vehicle theft 1997-06
Robbery in South Australia (179kb)
This Information Bulletin examines trends in reported unarmed and armed robbery in South Australia during the past decade. It analyses such factors as the location and time when robbery occurs, the average value of goods stolen and the characteristics of victims. It also profiles those offenders apprehended for robbery, including some details of their past offending history and the penalties imposed by the Courts.
Robbery 1997-06
Reported Crime Trends in South Australia (104kb)
This Bulletin aims to contribute to a better understanding of crime and crime trends in South Australia by providing statistics on all offences reported or becoming known to police in South Australia. The first section contains information on the number and type of offences reported to police in the 1995 calendar year. The second section looks at longitudinal trends in selected offence categories.
Crime statistics 1997-02
Crime and Justice in South Australia, 1997. Juvenile Justice (Number 34-1)
Crime and Justice in South Australia has been published annually by the Office since 1987. It encompasses statistics on all aspects of the South Australian criminal justice system.
Juvenile justice 1997-01
Crime and Justice in South Australia, 1997. Police, Adult Courts and Corrections (Number 34-2)
Crime and Justice in South Australia has been published annually by the Office since 1987. It encompasses statistics on all aspects of the South Australian criminal justice system.
Crime statistics 1997-01
Robbery in South Australia: A discussion paper based on an audit of Police Incident Reports of unarmed robbery offences reported during 1995 (147kb)
The Australian Bureau of Statistics' National Crime Statistics have consistently shown unarmed robbery rates for South Australia to be at least 50% higher than the national average. This is in contrast to the armed robbery figures, which show this state to be close to the national figures. Other features of the ABS figures (see Tables 1 and 2 below) include the fact that: variations between states in the level of unarmed robbery are more pronounced than the inter-state variations in the levels of armed robbery; and the relative proportions of unarmed to armed robbery differ considerably between the states. For example, in South Australia in 1995 the ratio of unarmed to armed robbery rates was 2.99: 1, whereas the national figure was 1.48: 1. There is no obvious explanation for why the state figures should differ so widely, especially in the case of unarmed robbery.
Robbery 1997-01
National Crime Statistics 1995: The South Australian Perspective (109kb)
This information Bulletin describes the findings, as they pertain to South Australia, of the third report of the National Crime Statistics Unit within the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The Bulletin details the number of crimes reported to police between January and December 1995 for a selected range of offence categories and places South Australian crime trends within the Australian context.
National crime statistics 1996-07
Motor Vehicle Theft in South Australia, 1995: A statistical report from the CARS database
Recognised throughout Australia as one of the most detailed sources of statistics relating to stolen vehicles this report serves as an important statistical reference for criminologists, crime prevention practitioners, policy advisers, or anyone with an interest in the area of motor vehicle theft. Produced by the Office of Crime Statistics and Research, the 206 page report analyses data from the CARS (Comprehensive Auto-theft Research System) database, which integrates vehicle theft data from Police, TransportSA (Registration and Licensing) and the insurance industry. Topics covered include: South Australian and Interstate Trends; Temporal Characteristics; Spatial Characteristics; Vehicle Characteristics; Insurance Analyses; Offender Profiles; Responses by the Criminal Justice System. In addition there are detailed profiles and thematic maps of each of 29 Statistical Local Areas within the Adelaide metropolitan area.
Motor vehicle theft 1996-06
The South Australian Juvenile Justice System - A review of its operation (Limited hard copies are available of this report)
The Young Offenders Act, which resulted from a Select Committee Inquiry into the Juvenile Justice System (1992), was proclaimed on 1 January 1994 and introduced substantial changes to both the philosophy and structure of juvenile justice in South Australia. With the establishment of a new juvenile justice system came the need for on-going monitoring and evaluation of that system. To begin this process, the Attorney General, the Hon. Trevor Griffin, obtained funding on behalf of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee for a review to be undertaken.  This report is the result of that review process.
Juvenile justice 1996-06
Sexual Offending in South Australia (183kb)
The aim of this Information Bulletin is to examine the incidence of sexual offending in South Australia and to detail the way in which the criminal justice system processes those individuals apprehended for such behaviour.
Sexual violence 1996-04
Crime and Justice in South Australia, 1996. (Number 33)
Crime and Justice in South Australia has been published annually by the Office since 1987. It encompasses statistics on all aspects of the South Australian criminal justice system.
Crime statistics 1996-01
Crime and Justice in South Australia, 1995. (Number 32)
Crime and Justice in South Australia has been published annually by the Office since 1987. It encompasses statistics on all aspects of the South Australian criminal justice system.
Crime statistics 1995-01
Series C - Victim Impact Statements in South Australia: An Evaluation Research Report No.6 (Limited hard copies are available of this report)
This report presents the findings of an evaluation of Victim Impact Statements in South Australia.  The evaluation covered three main areas: the effect of Victim Impact Statements on the criminal justice process; the effect of Victim Impact Statements on victim satisfaction with the criminal justice system; and the effect of Victim Impact Statements on sentencing outomes.
Victimisation 1994-08
Crime and Justice in South Australia, 1994. (Number 31)
Crime and Justice in South Australia has been published annually by the Office since 1987. It encompasses statistics on all aspects of the South Australian criminal justice system.
Crime statistics 1994-01
Violence Against Women
Of the violent offences reported to South Australian police in 1992, 46.1% of the victims were female. Data from a 1992 community survey also confirm that for the offences of robbery and assault, females were victims less often than males. Although females were the minority of victims, they were the majority of sexual assault victims. Police data showed that over half the violence against women occurred in a private dwelling. Females were also more at risk than males of being victimised by family, spouse or friends.
Women 1994-01
Supreme and District Court Imprisonment 1981-1992
During the period 1981 to 1992 average head sentences and non-parole periods issued in the Supreme and District Courts increased significantly. In 1992 average head sentences were 96% greater and average non-parole periods 267% greater than in 1981. Three offence types (Assault Occasioning Grievous Bodily Harm, Rape of a Female, and Robbery with a Firearm) were chosen for more detailed analysis. In all three offence categories sentences increased significantly.
Courts and corrections 1993-10
S.A. Crime and Safety Survey, 1991: Break and Enter Offences
Of the estimated 540,036 households in South Australia in April 1991, 55,656 (10.3%) were victims of at least one break and enter or attempted break and enter offence in the 12 months prior to the survey. 6.9% or 37,431 households were victims of an actual break and enter, while 5.2% or 27,836 households were victims of an attempted break and enter.
Victimisation 1993-03
Crime and Justice in South Australia, 1993. (Number 30)
Crime and Justice in South Australia has been published annually by the Office since 1987. It encompasses statistics on all aspects of the South Australian criminal justice system.
Crime statistics 1993-01
Series B - Juvenile Justice 1. Research Report No.6 (Limited hard copies are available of this report)
This report provides information on the amount and type of contact that South Australian youth had with the justice system between 1972 and 1990.  It is the first of several reports based on data from the Young Offenders Database of the Departmetn for Family and Community Services.
Juvenile justice 1992-05
Crime and Justice in South Australia, 1992. (Number 29)
Crime and Justice in South Australia has been published annually by the Office since 1987. It encompasses statistics on all aspects of the South Australian criminal justice system.
Crime statistics 1992-01
Crime and Justice in South Australia, 1991. (Number 28)
Crime and Justice in South Australia has been published annually by the Office since 1987. It encompasses statistics on all aspects of the South Australian criminal justice system.
Crime statistics 1991-01
Series C - Victims and Criminal Justice. Research Report No.5 (Limited hard copies are available of this report)
South Australia was the first Australian jurisdiction to formally recognise the rights of victims of crime.  After participating in the 1985 United Nations Congress on the Preention of Crime and Treatmetn of Offenders, the South Australian government formulated seventeen principles for victims.  These principles ensure that victims have a right to be treated with respect and sympathy, have access to information about their case, and that their needs are considered at various stages of the justice process. This report, the result of a two year project, should fill the gaps in our existing knowledge on victims, and assist with the development of future victim reform in South Australia.
Victimisation 1990-04
Crime and Justice in South Australia, 1990. (Number 27)
Crime and Justice in South Australia has been published annually by the Office since 1987. It encompasses statistics on all aspects of the South Australian criminal justice system.
Crime statistics 1990-01
Series D - The Impact of Parole Legislation Change in South Australia. Social Issues No.2
No description available.
Parole 1989-08
Series C - Cannabis: The Expiation Notice Approach. Research Report No.4
No description available.
Drugs 1989-07
Series B - Criminal Injuries Compensation in South Australia Research Report No.5 (Limited hard copies are available of this report)
This bulletin on the South Australian Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme is part of a two year program of research on victims and the criminal justice system being undertaken by the Office of Crime Statistics.  It presents findings both from an analysis of files relating to applications for compensation and from interviews with claimants.
Criminal injuries compensation 1989-02
Crime and Justice in South Australia, 1989. (Number 26)
Crime and Justice in South Australia has been published annually by the Office since 1987. It encompasses statistics on all aspects of the South Australian criminal justice system.
Crime statistics 1989-01
Series B - Decriminalising Drunkenness in South Australia Research Report No.4 (Limited hard copies are available of this report)
This evaluation of the Public Intoxication Act (1984) is the fourth in an occasional series of Research Bulletins on issues relevant to the administraton of criminal justice in South Australia.  Like its predecessors it canvasses opinion as well as providing statistical information.  It should be emphasised that views in this report do not necessarily reflect policies of the South Australian Government.  The main purpose of these publications is to encourage discussion and facilitate the process of reform.
Alcohol 1988-11
Crime and Justice in South Australia, 1988. (Number 25)
Crime and Justice in South Australia has been published annually by the Office since 1987. It encompasses statistics on all aspects of the South Australian criminal justice system.
Crime statistics 1988-01
Crime and Justice in South Australia, 1987. (Number 24)
Crime and Justice in South Australia has been published annually by the Office since 1987. It encompasses statistics on all aspects of the South Australian criminal justice system.
Crime statistics 1987-01
Series B - Law and Order in South Australia, An introduction to crime and criminal justice policy. Research Report No.2 (Limited hard copies are available of this report)
This is the second edition of Law and Order in South Australia:  An introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice Policy. The first was produced in September, 1979, not long after the establishment of the Office of Crime Statistics. There are several reasons for issuing a revised edition at this time. The most important is that the law has developed considerably during the past six years, and parts of the first edition now are out of date.  Secondly, there have been a number of key developments in research and policy, which need to be discussed.
Policy 1986-11
Series B - Bail Reform in South Australia Research Report No.3 (Limited hard copies are available of this report)
This report on the Bail Act (1985), is the third in an occasional series of Research Bulletins on aspects of Crime and Justice in South Australia. Like its predecessors, it canvasses opinion as well as providing statistical infomration.  It should be emphasised that views expressed in this report do not necessarily reflect policies of the South Australian Government.  The primary purpose of this publication is to stimulate discussion and encourage reform.
Bail/remand 1986-07
Crime and Justice in South Australia, 1981 to 1986. (Numbers 1-23)
Odd numbered reports cover six monthly statistics from Courts of Summary Jusisdiction from January 1st 1981. The even numbered reports cover six monthly Police, District and Supreme Court, Correctional Services and Juvenile Offender statistics from July 1st 1981.
Crime statistics 1986-01
Series C - Evaluating Rehabilitation: Community Service Orders in South Australia Research Report No.2 (Limited hard copies are available of this report)
This report is the culmination of a five month vist to the Office of Crime Statistics by Prue Oxley, Senior Research Officer, South Australian Attorney Generals Department, New Zealand. "A frequent pursuit of criminological research is the study of the outcomes of penal measures; and it is not infrequent that field staff respond with the cry "but what has this got to do with what happens in probations?" or prison or ... The mian purpose of my visit has been to respond to this justifiable query by developing a research approach which relates outcomes to the substance of a penal programme."
Community service orders 1984-05
Series C - Victims of Crime: An Overview of Research and Policy. Research Report No.3 (Limited hard copies are available of this report)
This report is the first in a series from a two year research project on victims and the criminal justice system in South Australia.  It includes an overview of preivous research findings and other literature in the field of victimology and summarises policy initiatives that have been developed, particularly in South Australia, to improve the position of people who become victims of crime.
Victimisation 1984-05
Series D - Random Breath Tests and the Drinking Driver. Social Issues No.1 (Limited hard copies are available of this report)
This Social Issues study has been prepared jointly by the Office of Crime Statistics and the Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Unit of the Alcohol and Drug Addicts Treatment Board.  Both organisations have an interest in advancing research on drink-driving:  the Board becuase of its responsibility for administrating a Driver Assessment Clinic, the Office because it compiles and publishes statistics on persons appearing in courts for these offences.  It is to be hoped that our example, of combining expertise and resources to investigate a topic of public interest, may be emulated by other research units within the South Australian Government.
Driving offences 1983-11
Series C - Sexual Assault in South Australia Research Report No.1 (Limited hard copies are available of this report)
In recent decades, most Western countries have seen considerable controversy about the nature, causes and extent of sexual assault, and the capacity of criminal justice and other agencies to ensure both that those responsible are punished and that additional trauma for the victim is kept to a minimum.  This report is a contribution to the debate from a South Australian perspective.  Using statsitics from Police Department records, it examines the backgrounds and characteristics of 450 alleged offenders apprehended during 1980 and 1981, and measures success-rates in prosecutions.  Trial outcomes and procedures also are discussed, and amounts awarded to victims under criminal injuries compensation schemes reviewed.
Sexual violence 1983-07
Series B - Shop Lifting in South Australia Research Report No.1 (Limited hard copies are available of this report)
This Research Bulletin reviews theories on shoplifting in the light of information currently availalbe from retail stores, courts, the Department of Community Welfare and the Police Department in South Australia.  Its primary objective is to promote discussion and research, rather than to make recommendations.
Shoplifting 1982-09