Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research

Aboriginal over-representation in the NSW Criminal Justice System

The over-representation of Aboriginal Australians in custody is a matter of long-standing and justified public concern. Latest figures indicate that the Aboriginal imprisonment rate in NSW is nearly 10 times the non-Aboriginal imprisonment rate (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2020). Given that Aboriginal offenders are substantially overrepresented in prison, one would expect that they are also substantially over-represented at other stages of the Criminal Justice System.

Quarterly report

The aim of this report is to monitor progress towards reducing the over-representation of Aboriginal people in custody in NSW.

 December 2022 Update

Young people

​Released - 04/05/2023

The next update will be available: Aug 2023

Archived reports

September 2022

June 2022

March 2022

December 2021

September 2021

June 2021

Infographic - Over‐representation of Aboriginal adults in the NSW Criminal Justice System

​Infographic Over‐representation of Aboriginal young people in the NSW Criminal Justice System