In June 2020, Victoria had the second lowest imprisonment rate in Australia at 134.1 prisoners per 100,000 adults. The Australian Capital Territory had the lowest rate at 132.6 prisoners per 100,000 adults.
Victoria’s imprisonment rate decreased by 14.6% in the 12 months to June 2020, from 157.1 prisoners per 100,000 adults in June 2019. This decrease in the Victorian rate was larger than the decrease in the national rate. The national rate of imprisonment was 202.4 prisoners per 100,000 adults, a 7.4% decrease from 218.6 prisoners per 100,000 adults in June 2019.
The Northern Territory has the highest imprisonment rate in Australia, at 874.5 prisoners per 100,000 adults. This is significantly higher than all other states and territories. At 325.8 prisoners per 100,000 adults, the imprisonment rate in Western Australia is also substantially higher than the national average.
Imprisonment rate per 100,000 adults for each Australian state and territory, June 2020
Hover over a bar in the graph to display the imprisonment rate and the number imprisoned for each state and territory. The vertical line shows the national rate.
|Jurisdiction||Imprisonment rate per 100,000 adults|
|New South Wales||196.8|
|Australian Capital Territory||132.6|
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Prisoners in Australia, 2020, cat. no. 4517.0 (2020).