New Report Finds Increase in Older Offenders in Victoria

Date of Publication
15 September 2021

The Council has released a new report examining ‘older offenders’ – offenders sentenced aged 60 and over – in Victoria in the 10 years from 2010 to 2019.

The report finds that the number of older offenders sentenced each year increased substantially, well beyond the growth of people aged 60 and over in the Victorian population.

In the higher courts:

  • the increase in older offenders was mainly due to an increasing number of historical sex offence cases
  • almost one in five sex offence cases involving older offenders was sentenced 40 years or more after the offending.

In the Magistrates’ Court:

  • the increase in older offenders was mainly caused by an almost doubling of cases of traffic/vehicle offences involving older offenders
  • the number of older offenders sentenced for assault and justice offences more than doubled.

The number of older offenders sentenced to imprisonment each year also more than doubled between 2010 and 2019, which partly explains Victoria’s aging prison population.

The report, Sentencing Older Offenders in Victoria, and a factsheet with the report’s key findings can be downloaded from our website.