Relevant resources

Links to published statistics on juvenile offending

  • Juvenile Justice Annual Reports

  • The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research publish the NSW Criminal Court Statistics Report, which has a specific section for Children's Court outcomes. This report contains information provided by the Department of Juvenile Justice. NSW Recorded Crime Statistics reports are published annually by the Bureau and these reports are available on their website from 1997. The Bureau has published a report entitled The transition from juvenile to adult criminal careers, which includes an investigation of the rate of reconviction among juveniles who appear in the Children's Court. The report can be found here.

  • The Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) The Australian Institute of Criminology publishes a range of research papers detailing crime figures and trends, along with technical and background reports on specific areas, such as juvenile detention. Specific information regarding juvenile crime rates is contained in the Technical and background paper series No. 18: Statistics on juvenile detention in Australia: 1981-2004, which is located here.

    The AIC have released a national report on the Drug use careers of juvenile offenders, which examines the intersection of drug use patterns and criminal careers in detained juvenile offenders. The full national report is available as a part of the Research and Public Policy Series, (no. 67), and a key findings report is available as part of the Trends and issues in crime and criminal justice series (no 304). Both reports are available here.

  • The Australian Bureau of Statistics- National Centre for Crime and Justice Statistics The National Centre for Crime and Justice Statistics of the Australian Bureau of Statistics provide a number of annual Crime and Justice publications that include information about Juvenile crime rates. The ABS also provides population information through the Census, which can be accessed here.

Other relevant research publications

  • The Commission for Children and Young People - Count me in! The Commission for Children and Young People have published a practical resource Count me in!, which was developed in conjunction with the Social Justice and Change Research Centre, University of Western Sydney. This resource contains information for those conducting social research with children and young people.