Community-Based Sentences

In June 2017, Victoria’s rate of community-based sentences stood at 294.2 people per 100,000 adults. This is the second lowest rate in Australia after Western Australia at 266.7 per 100,000 adults. The national average was substantially higher (361.6), as were the rates in Queensland (524.3), South Australia (407.3), Tasmania (448.2) and the Northern Territory (746.7).

Community-based sentences include any non-custodial orders that are administered by adult corrective services within each state and territory. Examples of community-based sentences include restricted movement orders, reparation (fine options and community service), supervision, parole, bail and sentenced probation orders.

The count of people serving community-based sentences is an average of the number of people on the first day of each month in a calendar year, per 100,000 adults. It includes people serving parole orders and interstate/Commonwealth orders.

With the exception of Victoria and Tasmania, the number of people serving community-based sentences includes people with breached or suspended orders.

Rate of people serving community-based sentences in each Australian state and territory as at June 2017

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 grey horizontal line shows the national rate.

Jurisdiction Rate per 100,000 adults
Northern Territory 746.7
Queensland 524.3
Tasmania 448.2
South Australia 407.3
Australian Capital Territory 344.1
New South Wales 318.0
Victoria 294.2
Western Australia 266.7
Australia 361.6

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (2017), Corrective Services, Australia, June Quarter 2017, Cat. No. 4512.0 (external link opens in a new window).