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.

 September 2022 Update

Adults
Young people



​Released - 21/12/2022

The next update will be available: Mar 2023

Archived reports

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