Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions

Prosecution Statistics

Prosecution Statistics

During the 2015-16, 3,029 cases were closed in addition to ongoing matters. The cases were referred by 43 Commonwealth investigative agencies, as well as state and territory agencies.

The following tables set out details of prosecutions we conducted in 2015–16.

 

Table 1: Outcomes of successful prosecutions in 2015-2016

DescriptionNo.
Defendants convicted of offences prosecuted summarily1,795
Defendants convicted of offences prosecuted on indictment608
Defendants committed for trial or sentence652

 

Table 2: Summary Prosecutions in 2015-2016

DescriptionNo.
Defendants convicted after a plea of guilty1,743
Defendants convicted after a plea of not guilty52
Total defendants convicted1,795
Defendants acquitted after a plea of not guilty29
Total1,824

 

Table 3: Committals in 2015-2016

DescriptionNo.
Defendants committed after a plea of guilty345
Defendants committed after a plea of not guilty307
Total defendants committed652
Defendants discharged after a plea of not guilty2
Total654

 

Table 4: Prosecutions on indictment in 2015-2016

DescriptionNo.
Defendants convicted after a plea of guilty517
Defendants convicted after a plea of not guilty91
Total defendants convicted608
Defendants acquitted after a plea of not guilty41
Total649

 

Table 5: Prosecution appeals against sentence in 2015-2016

Appeal TypeOutcomeSummaryIndictable
Appeals against sentenceUpheld111
 Dismissed33
Total 414

 

Table 6: Defence appeals in 2015-2016

Appeal TypeOutcomeSummaryIndictable
Against Conviction OnlyUpheld82
 Dismissed37
Against Sentence OnlyUpheld5313
 Dismissed1627
Conviction & SentenceUpheld28
 Dismissed58
Total 8759

 

                                                     Table 7: Legislation under which charges were dealt with in 2015–16

Legislation

Summary (charges)

Indictable (charges)

Airports (Control of On-Airport Activities) Regulations 1997

6

0

Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006

9

45

Australian Citizenship Act 2007

11

0

Australian Federal Police Act 1979

1

2

Australian Passports Act 2005

25

4

Aviation Transport Security Act 2004

6

0

Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005

15

0

Bankruptcy Act 1966

199

5

Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988

40

0

Civil Aviation Act 1988

38

0

Civil Aviation Regulations 1988

67

0

Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998

6

0

Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918

26

0

Competition and Consumer Act 2010

3

0

Copyright Act 1968

185

7

Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006

18

0

Corporations Act 2001

41

137

Crimes (Aviation) Act 1991

37

3

Crimes (Currency) Act 1981

56

8

Crimes (Foreign Incursions and Recruitment) Act 1978

0

7

Crimes Act 1914

38

27

Criminal Code

3,570

2,284

Customs Act 1901

220

80

Defence Act 1903

1

0

Defence Force Regulations 1952

3

0

Environment Protection (Sea Dumping) Act 1981

1

0

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

45

66

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Regulations 2000

24

0

Excise Act 1901

0

2

Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997

0

3

Financial Transaction Reports Act 1988

8

13

Fisheries Management Act 1991

129

0

Foreign Passports (Law Enforcement and Security) Act 2005

5

1

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975

42

0

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 1983

22

0

Health Insurance Act 1973

117

14

Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012

4

0

Marriage Act 1961

6

1

Migration Act 1958

42

176

National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009

8

0

National Measurement Act 1960

1

0

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006

9

0

Passports Act 1938

10

0

Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991

3

0

Proceeds of Crime Act 1987

0

1

Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983

3

0

Public Order (Protection of Persons and Property) Act 1971

14

0

Quarantine Act 1908

15

22

Radiocommunications Act 1992

3

4

Royal Commissions Act 1902

0

5

Social Security (Administration) Act 1999

172

0

Social Security Act 1991

4

0

Taxation Administration Act 1953

714

131

Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979

0

2

Therapeutic Goods Act 1989

48

0

Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984

15

0

Trade Marks Act 1995

8

0

Work Health and Safety Act 2011

3

0

Non-Commonwealth legislation

264

421

Total

6,360

3,471

 

                                                      Table 8: Referring agencies: defendants dealt with in 2015–16

Agency

Summary

Indictable

Australian Federal Police/Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity Joint Task Force

1

5

Australian Border Force

61

43

Australian Communications and Media Authority

1

1

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

2

0

Australian Electoral Commission

25

0

Australian Federal Police

283

433

Australian Financial Security Authority

129

1

Australian Fisheries Management Authority

67

3

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

6

0

Australian Postal Corporation

5

1

Australian Securities and Investments Commission

24

23

Australian Taxation Office

93

23

Civil Aviation Safety Authority

18

0

Clean Energy Regulator

1

1

COMCARE

1

1

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

11

5

Department of Defence

3

0

Department of Education and Training

6

1

Department of Employment

1

0

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

12

0

Department of Health

41

4

Department of Human Services—Centrelink

1,246

29

Department of Human Services—Child Support Agency

10

1

Department of Human Services—Medicare

52

4

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

1

1

Department of Social Services

2

1

Department of the Environment and Energy

6

1

Director of Military Prosecution

1

0

Fair Work Building and Construction

1

0

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

37

0

National Measurement Institute

1

0

National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environment Management Authority

2

0

Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations

17

0

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

0

1

Therapeutic Goods Administration

4

0

Non-Commonwealth agencies

131

144

Total

2,302

727