Crime and Justice
THE NATIONAL CRIME STATISTICS UNIT BOARD OF MANAGEMENT
The National Crime Statistics Unit (NCSU) forms part of the National Centre for Crime and Justice Statistics in the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The main function of the NCSU is the production of comparable national crime statistics across jurisdictions, compiled according to national standards and classifications developed by the NCSU. All police jurisdictions are involved in the process.
The NCSU was constituted through an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) between all states and territories and the federal government, signed by Police Ministers in November 1990. The IGA established the Police Commissioners and a representative from each of the Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department and the ABS as the Board of Management which reports to Australasian Police Ministers' Council. The Board has several functions, and these include the power to directly influence the forward work program of the NCSU.
DIFFERENCES IN RECORDED CRIME STATISTICS PROJECT
The purpose of the Differences in Recorded Crime Statistics (DiRCS) project was to investigate state and territory differences in recorded crime victim statistics as published in the ABS publication Recorded Crime – Victims, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4510.0). The project aimed to identify issues relevant to understanding the nature and extent of the impact of various factors on the national comparability of recorded crime statistics.
The DiRCS project was initiated in 2001 by the Board of Management of the National Crime Statistics Unit, which considered the results of the projects at its May 2005 meeting. Following consideration of the results of the DiRCS project, the NCSU Board of Management agreed to work to develop a strategy towards national recording standards to provide more consistency in methodology.
This Information Paper provides a broad summary of the project's findings, and explains some of the impacts of these findings on the Recorded Crime – Victims, Australia publication.