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Wednesday, 9 February 2005
Page: 165


Senator Brown asked the Minister for Justice and Customs, upon notice, on 2 December 2004:

For each state and territory in each of the past 10 years up to and including 2004 (to date), how many persons have been: (a) convicted of drug-related offences; (b) gaoled for drug-related offences; and (c) diverted to health or education or other remedial options after apprehension for drug-related offences.


Senator Ellison (Minister for Justice and Customs) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

(a) I am advised that according to the most recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the number of persons convicted of drug-related offences in each state and territory has been available since 2001-2002 for Higher Courts. This is provided as follows:

Defendants proven guilty in Australia for the Principal Offence (a) of Illicit Drug Offences (b).

Higher Courts Data(c)

2001-2002

2002-2003

2003-2004

NSW

553

513

nya

Vic

190

198

nya

Qld

563

495

nya

SA

267

171

nya

WA

293

302

nya

Tas.

19

32

nya

NT

40

44

nya

ACT

17

7

nya

Aust.

1942

1762

nya

nya

not yet available

(due 11 February 2005)

(b) I am advised that according to the most recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the number of persons gaoled for drug-related offences for each state and territory in each of the past 10 years up to and including 2004, is as follows:

Sentenced prisoners (a), with a most serious offence (MSO)(b) of Illicit Drug Offences (c)

NUMBER OF PRISONERS

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

NSW

1150

1100

981

934

759

767

826

888

870

856

nya

Vic

220

204

202

198

293

292

295

326

318

325

nya

Qld

109

159

223

248

272

310

336

304

282

318

nya

SA

72

77

91

90

88

90

70

84

111

86

nya

WA

157

137

125

130

132

182

226

223

230

229

nya

Tas.

3

3

6

6

6

5

6

5

3

7

nya

NT

10

14

10

18

13

15

17

22

26

19

nya

ACT in ACT(d)

. .

. .

. .

. .

5

2

1

-

-

1

nya

ACT in NSW

na

11

8

16

14

16

24

11

7

6

nya

Aust.

1721

1694

1638

1624

1568

1663

1777

1852

1840

1841

1925

-  

Nil or rounded to zero

. .  

Not applicable

na

Not available

nya

Not yet available

(c) I am advised that the Australian Bureau of Statistics does not produce data on persons diverted to health or education or other remedial options after apprehension for drug-related offences.