Statistics, publications and reports
The Department of Corrective Services collects and stores data and statistics about the adult prison population, youth detention population, adult community-based orders and youth justice orders.
For access to these statistical reports, refer to the Statistics page.
The Department also produces a wide range of publications in both hard copy and electronic format.
The Department's publications include:
Recidivism trends in Western Australia
This report provides an up to date analysis of recidivism trends in Western Australia.
The report includes comparisons with national trends and specific data relating to the impact of prison treatment programs.
Data indicates that Western Australia's recidivism rates have trended downwards over the last five years while there has been a slight increase at the national level.
Social Impact Bonds
A report commissioned by the Department of Corrective Services to assess the potential use of Social Impact Bonds (SIB) to reduce reoffending has been completed.
Under a SIB, private investment is raised to fund programs and a public sector agency only pays when the program has achieved the specified results.
Partnerships with Purpose Arts and Rehabilitation
The Department's Partnerships with Purpose Arts and Rehabilitation (PDF 1.2 MB) policy provides guidance on developing partnerships with Government, community and service providers and arts organisations to co-design arts programs and raise awareness of common goals and potential shared funding arrangements.
The policy recognises the intrinsic value of the arts and their ability to effect positive change and contribute to the rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders. The arts provide an opportunity to develop pride and self-esteem and assist in bridging the gap between custody and community.
The programs developed under this policy will seek to address offenders' therapeutic, educational and employment needs including providing pathways to further learning and job-readiness. The policy sets a strategic framework for creating better outcomes – through the use of arts programs – for young people and adult offenders in custody and in the community.
Other helpful information
For further information about statistics, below is a list of useful websites that provide statistical reports from various government agencies:
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) - Corrective Services Australia
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) - Prisoners in Australia
- Australian Government Productivity Commission - Report on Government Services
- Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) - Corrective Services management and reform
- Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) - Prisoner health and juvenile justice
- Crime Research Centre (CRC)
- Department of the Attorney General - Statistics
- Western Australia Police - Crime Statistics
Page last updated: 22-Nov-2016