Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research

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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 2021 Update

Adults
Young people


Released - 31/03/2022

The next update will be available: June 2022

Archived reports

September 2021

June 2021