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 2023 Update

Young people

Archived reports

Sept 2023

June 2023

March 2023

December 2022

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