Criminal justice system statistics

Sentence types

The volume and complexity of offending patterns when reporting on all offences for which each individual is prosecuted and sentenced is too great for meaningful commentary throughout the publication of these data. For this reason, unless otherwise stated, each offender is reported only against the most severe sentence or order given for their principal offence (i.e. the principal sentence).

For futher information, please refer to the technical guide which accompanies the linked publication(s).


Offenders sentenced to immediate custody

Period Offenders sentenced to immediate custody
Jan - Dec 2012 98,044
Jan - Dec 2013 92,966
Jan - Dec 2014 91,313
Jan - Dec 2015 90,348
Jan - Dec 2016 89,862
Jan - Dec 2017 90,871
Jan - Dec 2018 83,346
Jan - Dec 2019 77,215
Jan - Dec 2020 60,947
Jan - Dec 2021 64,215
Jan - Dec 2022 64,835
Jan - Dec 2023 71,745

Jan - Dec 2023

71,745

Data source

The data source for this measure and more detailed information can be found in the Criminal justice system statistics quarterly publication.

Publication date

Published: 16 May 2024. Next publication: 15 August 2024 9:30am.


Offenders sentenced to suspended sentence

Period Offenders sentenced to suspended sentence
Jan - Dec 2012 44,643
Jan - Dec 2013 48,765
Jan - Dec 2014 52,979
Jan - Dec 2015 57,072
Jan - Dec 2016 56,401
Jan - Dec 2017 55,732
Jan - Dec 2018 44,418
Jan - Dec 2019 40,371
Jan - Dec 2020 36,097
Jan - Dec 2021 43,333
Jan - Dec 2022 40,952
Jan - Dec 2023 43,734

Jan - Dec 2023

43,734

Data source

The data source for this measure and more detailed information can be found in the Criminal justice system statistics quarterly publication.

Publication date

Published: 16 May 2024. Next publication: 15 August 2024 9:30am.


Offenders sentenced to community sentence

Period Offenders sentenced to community sentence
Jan - Dec 2012 149,691
Jan - Dec 2013 123,340
Jan - Dec 2014 109,407
Jan - Dec 2015 110,753
Jan - Dec 2016 99,858
Jan - Dec 2017 96,558
Jan - Dec 2018 92,073
Jan - Dec 2019 87,684
Jan - Dec 2020 62,246
Jan - Dec 2021 71,242
Jan - Dec 2022 69,689
Jan - Dec 2023 70,664

Jan - Dec 2023

70,664

Data source

The data source for this measure and more detailed information can be found in the Criminal justice system statistics quarterly publication.

Publication date

Published: 16 May 2024. Next publication: 15 August 2024 9:30am.


Offenders sentenced to a fine

Period Offenders sentenced to a fine
Jan - Dec 2012 823,290
Jan - Dec 2013 799,747
Jan - Dec 2014 853,336
Jan - Dec 2015 891,922
Jan - Dec 2016 913,152
Jan - Dec 2017 905,957
Jan - Dec 2018 932,003
Jan - Dec 2019 936,833
Jan - Dec 2020 625,086
Jan - Dec 2021 735,413
Jan - Dec 2022 834,615
Jan - Dec 2023 886,190

Jan - Dec 2023

886,190

Data source

The data source for this measure and more detailed information can be found in the Criminal justice system statistics quarterly publication.

Publication date

Published: 16 May 2024. Next publication: 15 August 2024 9:30am.


Offenders sentenced to compensation order

A criminal compensation order (CCO) requires a person convicted of an offence to pay money to the victim of that offence for personal injury, loss or damage arising from it. The underlying purpose of a CCO is that offenders pay for the damage that they have caused, as a form of reparation.

Period Offenders sentenced to compensation order
Jan - Dec 2012 7,146
Jan - Dec 2013 9,325
Jan - Dec 2014 6,230
Jan - Dec 2015 5,239
Jan - Dec 2016 4,744
Jan - Dec 2017 3,729
Jan - Dec 2018 3,631
Jan - Dec 2019 3,340
Jan - Dec 2020 2,472
Jan - Dec 2021 2,825
Jan - Dec 2022 2,911
Jan - Dec 2023 3,557

Jan - Dec 2023

3,557

Data source

The data source for this measure and more detailed information can be found in the Criminal justice system statistics quarterly publication.

Publication date

Published: 16 May 2024. Next publication: 15 August 2024 9:30am.


Offenders sentenced to other disposal

Other disposals include restriction orders, hospital orders, guardianship orders, police cells, and other disposals.

Period Offenders sentenced to other disposal
Jan - Dec 2012 105,238
Jan - Dec 2013 101,393
Jan - Dec 2014 100,954
Jan - Dec 2015 90,472
Jan - Dec 2016 75,696
Jan - Dec 2017 61,898
Jan - Dec 2018 53,185
Jan - Dec 2019 50,717
Jan - Dec 2020 33,895
Jan - Dec 2021 36,641
Jan - Dec 2022 34,555
Jan - Dec 2023 37,780

Jan - Dec 2023

37,780

Data source

The data source for this measure and more detailed information can be found in the Criminal justice system statistics quarterly publication.

Publication date

Published: 16 May 2024. Next publication: 15 August 2024 9:30am.


Average custodial sentence length (months)

Excludes life and indeterminate sentences.

Period Average custodial sentence length (months)
Jan - Dec 2012 14.5
Jan - Dec 2013 15.5
Jan - Dec 2014 15.6
Jan - Dec 2015 16.2
Jan - Dec 2016 16.4
Jan - Dec 2017 17.8
Jan - Dec 2018 18.5
Jan - Dec 2019 18.6
Jan - Dec 2020 17.1
Jan - Dec 2021 20.7
Jan - Dec 2022 20.3
Jan - Dec 2023 20.9

Jan - Dec 2023

20.9

Data source

The data source for this measure and more detailed information can be found in the Criminal justice system statistics quarterly publication.

Publication date

Published: 16 May 2024. Next publication: 15 August 2024 9:30am.