Report on Government Services 2017
Volume C, Chapter 6
This chapter reports on the performance of police services covering the operations of the police agencies of each State and Territory government, including the ACT community policing function performed by the Australian Federal Police.
Please note: An errata was released with this chapter. The files below have been updated to reflect the changes.
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- Key Facts
- Indicator Framework
- Indicator Results
- Indigenous Data
Recurrent expenditure on community policing services across Australia was approximately $11.0 billion (or $459 per person) in 2015-16.
Police agencies employed 70 651 staff in 2015-16 (295 per 100 000 people).
Police services aim to contribute to a safe and secure community that enables people to undertake their lawful pursuits confidently and safely. To achieve these aims, governments seek to provide police services that:
- are accessible, and responsive to community needs
- support the judicial process to bring to justice those people responsible for committing an offence
- provide safe custodial services
- are delivered with integrity, honesty and fairness
- promote safer behaviour on roads
- respond, co–ordinate or contribute to disaster and emergency management.
Governments aim for police services to meet these objectives in an equitable and efficient manner.
The performance indicator framework provides information on equity, efficiency and effectiveness, and distinguishes the outputs and outcomes of police services. The performance indicator framework shows which data are complete and comparable in the 2017 Report.
An overview of the Police services performance indicator results are presented. Information to assist the interpretation of these data can be found in the indicator interpretation boxes in the Police services chapter and attachment tables.
Equity — Access indicators
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staffing
Proportion of all police staff who self-identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, 2015-16
Staffing by gender
Proportion of all police staff who are female, 2015-16
Proportion of people who had driven in the previous 6 months and who indicated that, in that time, they had driven when possibly over the alcohol limit, 2015-16
Source: Attachment table 6A.34
Deaths in police custody
The total number of deaths in police custody and custody related operations, 2014-15
Source: Attachment table 6A.38
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths in custody
The number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths in police custody and custody related operations, 2014-15
Source: Attachment table 6A.38
Magistrates court defendants resulting in a guilty plea or finding
The number of finalised adjudicated defendants in lower courts who either submitted a guilty plea or were found guilty, as a proportion of the total number of magistrates court adjudicated defendants, 2015
Source: Attachment table 6A.40
Satisfaction with police services
Proportion of people satisfied or very satisfied with services provided by police, 2015-16
Source: Attachment table 6A.12
Perceptions of police integrity
Proportion of people who agree or strongly agree that ‘police perform job professionally’, 2015-16
Source: Attachment table 6A.13
The number of complaints made by members of the public against police, per 100 000 people in the population, 2015-16
The number of juveniles who are diverted by police (rather than taken to court), as a proportion of all juvenile offenders formally dealt with by police, 2015-16
Outcomes of investigations
Proportion of investigations finalised, with offender proceeded against, within 30 days of the offence becoming known to police – sexual assault, 2015
Source: Attachment table 6A.31
Prosecutions where costs were awarded against police
Proportion of prosecutions where costs were awarded against police, 2015-16
Source: Attachment table 6A.41
Dollars per person
Expenditure on police services per person, 2015-16
Estimated victimisation rate for sexual assault per 100 000 people aged 18 years or over, 2014-15
|no.||325.2 ± 163.8||365.3 ± 204.1||356.9 ± 185.4||np||84.5 ± 81.3||np||np||np||328.5 ± 87.6|
Source: Attachment table 6A.27
Perceptions of safety
Proportion of people who felt ‘safe’ or ‘very safe’ walking alone during the night, 2015-16
Proportion of people who felt ‘safe’ or ‘very safe’ travelling on public transport at night, 2015‑16
Perceptions of crime problems
Proportion of people who perceive illegal drugs to be ‘somewhat of a problem’ or a ‘major problem’ in the neighbourhood, 2015‑16
Source: Attachment table 6A.22
Traffic accident hospitalisations
The number of hospitalisations from traffic accidents per 100 000 registered vehicles, 2014-15
Source: Attachment table 6A.37
The number of road deaths per 100 000 registered vehicles, 2015-16
These data and caveats for these data are available in Chapter 6 and Attachment 6A.
na Not available. .. Not applicable. – Nil or rounded to zero. np Not published.
Performance indicator data for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in this chapter are available in the attachment tables listed below. Contextual data and further supporting information can be found in the chapter.
|Table number||Table title|
|Table 6A.17||Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, sworn and unsworn police staff|
Number of deaths in police custody and custody-related operations, |
2007-08 to 2014-15