Datasets

In the dataset register you will find links to some key datasets relevant to Indigenous justice.

Types of data

The major sources of data in crime and justice research are administrative data and surveys. Administrative data are produced as a byproduct of government administrative processes. Administrative data usually contain minimum client and service information. These data can be used for example, to examine case flow through the criminal justice system. As the collection is designed for administrative purposes, the data are not designed to answer research questions such as the precursors to involvement in crime or the risk factors involved. In contrast to administrative data, surveys are designed to answer specific research questions.

Data collections can be at the population level and may be used to establish baseline information about demographic and socioeconomic characteristics and to monitor changes over time or may be at the program level.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has identified ‘improved crime and justice statistics about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’ as a priority area for development.

Summary Reports

Reports which bring together and analyse data and research about Indigenous justice can be found in the Research and Evaluations section of this website, or by using the Search function.

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Contains the data which feeds into the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework reports. Data is specific to the Indigenous population and covers the 68 measures of the […]

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Collection of data from publicly-funded treatment services in all states and territories. Provides data on clients alcohol and other drug treatment services, including drugs of concern, types of treatment received, […]

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Data from the first Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, obtained by survey of Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander people who were usual residents of private dwellings accross […]

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Data on causes of deaths in Australia, compiled from individual state and territory Registrars of Births, Deaths and Marriages, supplemented by information from the National Coroners Information Service. Data includes […]

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Contains detailed data and commentary on the characteristics of children in the child protection system, specifically age, sex and Indigenous Status. For child protection substantiations, data on family type, socio-economic […]

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National data on persons in custody and community-based corrections, collected from corrective services agencies in each state and territory. Data for all prisoners on sex, type of custody (open or […]

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DUMA obtains quarterly data to examine the relationship between drugs and crime, and monitor local drug markets and drug use patterns by detainees across time. Data is obtained from police […]

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First report “Juvenile Justice in Australia 2000-2001 to 2003-2004” containing four years data (2000-2004) was released in February 2006. Data includes Indigenous status, age, gender, and agency name. The NMDS […]

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Data compiled from statistics provided by the eight state and territory Legal Aid Commissions. Includes data on legal aid applications, approvals, characteristics of applicants (age, gender and Indigenous status) and […]

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This includes data, collected every 6 years, on demographic, social, environmental and economic indicators, including personal and household characteristics, geography, language and cultural activities, social networks and support, health and […]

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