Report Examines Rise in Secondary Offences in Victoria

26 September 2017

The Sentencing Advisory Council has today released a report on secondary offences in Victoria.

A secondary offence is a crime that occurs when someone is suspected or convicted of a criminal offence and is living in the community while subject to special conditions, but the person breaches one or more of these conditions. For example, a person may not comply with a curfew condition of bail or may fail to report annually as a convicted sex offender.

The Council studied the number of proven charges and sentencing outcomes for 20 secondary offences in Victoria for the five years to 30 June 2016.

These 20 secondary offences fall into one of four categories: offences related to bail, offences related to a sentencing order, offences related to parole and offences that apply to people suspected or convicted of a registrable sex offence.

Key findings of the report include that:

  • during the five-year period, the number of secondary offences sentenced each year in Victorian courts rose from 12,224 charges to 31,862
  • during the five-year period, the proportion of all charges sentenced in Victoria each year that were secondary offences increased from 5.43% to 9.91%
  • of the 100,860 secondary offences sentenced in the five-year period, almost all were related to bail or sentencing orders
  • the most common sentencing outcomes for secondary offences in adult courts were a fine (21%), a community correction order (20%) and imprisonment (19%).

Secondary Offences in Victoria is available for download from our website.