Author NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research
Published September 2021
Report Type Statistical Report AOR-Jun2021
Subject Aboriginal / Indigenous Australians
Keywords Aboriginal people, prison, prison population, remand, Young people



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.