Context statement: Measure of safe environment, which is essential to overall mental and physical wellbeing.
Personal crime victimisation rates generally fell between 2008–09 and 2019–20. There was a decrease in the victimisation rate for the following personal crimes: physical assault (3.1% to 2.3%), face-to-face threatened assault (3.9% to 2.4%), non face-to-face threatened assault (1.2% to 0.9%) and robbery (0.6% to 0.3%). However, the victimisation rate for sexual assault (for persons aged 18 years and over) did not fall, remaining stable over the period; 0.3% in both 2008–09 and 2019–20 (ABS 2021).
Rates for malicious property damage have more than halved over the period (11.1% down to 4.6%). There was a decrease in the victimisation rate for other selected household crimes, including: break-in (3.3% to 2.4%), attempted break-in (3.1% to 1.9%), motor vehicle theft (1.1% to 0.6%), theft from a motor vehicle (4.5% to 2.7%) and other theft (4.4% to 2.4%) (ABS 2021).
Reference: ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) 2021. Crime Victimisation, Australia; Reference period: 2019-20. Canberra: ABS.