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Federal offences

The Australian Government Director of Public Prosecutions publishes annual statistics on summary and indictable offences against Commonwealth law dealt with in the preceding year. These statistics are presented as charges dealt with against Commonwealth Acts and Regulations, and specifically, the Criminal Code Act 1995 and Crimes Act 1914.

In 2005-06 the DPP dealt with 6,255 people for a total of 8,784 charges.

Offences against Commonwealth legislation, charges dealt with, 2005-06 (number)
   Summary  Indictable
Crimes Act 1914 147  139 
Criminal Code Act 1995  3,719  217
All Acts and Regulations   7,904  880

 

  • The most common summary charge was for offences against the Criminal Code Act 1995 (52%), followed by the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 (12%) and the Fisheries Management Act 1991 (8%).
  • The most common indictable charges were related to the Criminal Code Act 1995 (39%), the Crimes Act 1914 (13%), and non-Commonwealth drugs legislation (11%).
  • Thirty-two percent of summary offences dealt with under the Crimes Act 1914 concerned imposition; 18 percent, administration of justice offences; and 16 percent, fraud. Sixty-two percent of charges for indictable offences under this Act concerned fraud, and nine percent concerned sexual conduct with children overseas.
  • Fraudulent-conduct offences comprised 91 percent of all summary charges under the Criminal Code Act 1995. Of indictable offences, 42 percent concerned fraudulent-conduct offences; 18 percent, telecommunications offences; and 16 percent, serious drug offences.

Federal prisoners

Federal prisoners, from 2002 to 2007, by sex (number)

Federal prisoners

  • In June 2007, the ratio of male (561) to female (87) federal prisoners was greater than 6:1.
  • From June 2002 to June 2006, the number of male federal prisoners decreased by 19 percent, and the number of female federal prisoners increased by 17 percent.
  • The most common summary charge was for offences against the Criminal Code Act 1995 (47%), followed by the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 (18%) and the Fisheries Management Act 1991 (10%).
  • In 2005-06 charges made under the Criminal Code Act 1995 accounted for 7% more summary offences than in 2004-05.
  • The most common indictable charges were related to the Criminal Code Act 1995 (25%) and the Customs Act 1901 (24%).
  • 33% of summary offences under the Crimes Act 1995 dealt with fraud, 31% with imposition and 9% with telecommunications offences. 76% of charges for indictable offences under this Act related to fraud.
  • Fraudulent conduct offences comprised 93% of all summary charges and 59% of indictable offences under the Criminal Code Act 1995.

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