Victoria's Indigenous Imprisonment Rates

Between 2008 and 2018, the imprisonment rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians was consistently higher than the rate for the total Victorian population. In 2018, the imprisonment rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians was 2,015.1 per 100,000 adults but was 152.3 per 100,000 adults for all Victorians.

Victoria’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander imprisonment rate almost doubled between 2008 and 2018, from 1,012.9 to 2015.1 per 100,000 adults. Overall, Victoria’s imprisonment rate also grew, albeit to a smaller extent, from 104.4 in 2008 to 152.3 in 2018.

Note: The data in the graph gives the rate of prisoners of each group per 100,000 adults of the same group.

Imprisonment rate per 100,000 adults for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians and for Victorians overall

Hover over the lines in the graph to display the year and imprisonment rate.

Year Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners All Victorian Prisoners
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
2016 1,661.5 138.1
2017 1,833.9 145.4
2018 2,015.1 152.3

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Prisoners in Australia, 2018, Cat. No. 4517.0 (2018).