Victoria's Indigenous Imprisonment Rates

Between 2006 and 2015, the imprisonment rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Victoria was consistently higher than the rate for the total population. In 2015 the rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples was 1,541 per 100,000 adults, compared with 134 per 100,000 adults for all Victorians.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander imprisonment rate increased between 2009 and 2015, from 957 to 1,541 per 100,000 adults.

The rates of imprisonment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is further explored in our report Victoria's Prison Population 2005 to 2016.

Graph and table: comparison of the imprisonment rate (per 100,000 adults) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians with the rate for Victorians overall, measuring the rate of prisoners of each group per 100,000 adults of the same group

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Year Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners (per 100,000 adults) All Victorian prisoners (per 100,000 adults)
2005 987.4 95
2006 968.9 100.5
2007 1,027.8 105.7
2008 1,012.9 104.4
2009 956.7 104.9
2010 1,106.4 107.2
2011 1,080.7 110.2
2012 1,317.7 111.6
2013 1,330.2 119.8
2014 1,573.2 134.4
2015 1,540.8 134.4

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Prisoners in Australia, Cat. No. 4517.0 (2015) (external link opens in a new window)