Community-Based Sentences

In March 2019, Victoria’s rate of community-based sentences stood at 259.6 people per 100,000 adults. This is the lowest rate in Australia.

Western Australia had the second-lowest rate at 295.5 people per 100,000 adults. The national average was substantially higher at 391.8 people per 100,000 adults. The Northern Territory had the highest rate at 712.8 people per 100,000 adults, and Queensland had the second highest rate at 537.4 people per 100,000 adults.

Community-based sentences include non-custodial orders administered by adult corrective services within each state and territory. Examples of community-based sentences include restricted movement orders, reparations (fine options and community service), supervision in the community, parole, bail, sentenced probation orders and post-sentence supervision orders. Community-based sentences also include breached and suspended orders imposed in jurisdictions except Victoria and Tasmania.

The count of people serving community-based sentences is taken from the number recorded on the first day of the month.

Rate of people serving community-based sentences in each Australian state and territory, March 2019

Hover over a bar in the graph to display the rate and number of people serving community-based sentences for each state and territory. The vertical line shows the national rate.

Jurisdiction Rate per 100,000 adults
Northern Territory 712.8
Queensland 537.4
Tasmania 485.5
New South Wales 430.4
South Australia 370.2
Australian Capital Territory 344.3
Western Australia 295.5
Victoria 259.6
Australia 391.8

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Corrective Services, Australia, March Quarter 2019, Cat. No. 4512.0 (2019).