In June 2019, Victoria had the second-lowest imprisonment rate in Australia at 157.1 prisoners per 100,000 adults. The Australian Capital Territory had the lowest rate at 143.2 prisoners per 100,000 adults.
Victoria’s imprisonment rate increased by 3.2% in the 12 months to June 2019, from 152.3 prisoners per 100,000 adults in June 2018 to 157.1 per 100,000 adults. However, it remained below the national average. The national rate of imprisonment was 218.6 prisoners per 100,000 adults, a 1.3% decrease from 221.4 prisoners per 100,000 adults in June 2018.
The Northern Territory had the highest imprisonment rate in Australia at 942.9 prisoners per 100,000 adults. This is significantly higher than all other states and territories. At 344.7 prisoners per 100,000 adults, the imprisonment rate in Western Australia was also substantially higher than the national average.
Imprisonment rate per 100,000 adults for each Australian state and territory, June 2019
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||213.6|
|Australian Capital Territory||143.2|
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Prisoners in Australia, 2019, cat. no. 4517.0 (2019).