Communities and Justice

Collaborate with us

All external research involving Department of Community Service’s data, clients, staff or funded / contracted services should comply with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research and, when relevant, Statutory Guidelines for Research – Section 27B, Information and Privacy Commission.  For more information about collaborations on specific projects, please see below: 

Families and Communities

Crime Statistics

BOCSAR’s services include:

  • publishing regular reports which
    • summarise statistical information on recorded crimes and criminal court appearances; and
    • identify trends in crime and justice;
  • publishing the results of research that evaluates hypotheses and assumptions about crime and criminal justice;
  • providing, on request, statistical information on criminal offences reported to police and on criminal court appearances.
  • Both our publications and statistical information service are available to members of the public.

Typical questions we can help you with:

  • Which areas have high reported crime rates?
  • Which offences are increasing in frequency?
  • How many people are charged with criminal offences each year?
  • What proportion of people are found guilty of different kinds of offences?
  • What range of penalties are imposed for various offences?

The information stored in the Bureau's databases can be used to answer many questions about crime and justice in NSW. The information in our database of crimes reported to police includes details such as the type of offence and when and where it was committed. The information in our database of criminal court appearances includes such details as age, gender, type of offence(s), plea, outcome of court appearance and penalty, for persons who appear before the courts charged with criminal offences.

To contact BOCSAR, please visit BOCSAR - Contact us

Corrective Services

For information on:

  • Interventions to reduce reoffending
  • recidivism risk assessment
  • Prisons and imprisonment
  • Statistics on people managed by Corrective Services NSW

Visit Corrections Research Evaluation and Statistics

Youth Justice

For information on what works (how, when, where, and why) with young people involved in the criminal justice system in NSW, including

  • Post-release support, reintegration and the continuity of service delivery to young people involved in the criminal justice system
  • Early intervention and diversionary programs for young people in contact with the criminal justice system
  • Effective engagement and practice for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people
  • Effective engagement and practice for working with young people with mental health issues, cognitive impairment, and/or a disability
  • Continuous improvement through the provision of appropriate training, resources, and supervision to staff working with young people involved in the criminal justice system
  • Innovative trauma-informed practice to improve outcomes for staff and young people

Contact the Youth Justice NSW Research and Information Unit

Last updated:

08 Apr 2022