Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions

Prosecution Statistics

Prosecution Statistics

During the year, we dealt with 3,004 people in court in addition to ongoing matters. These cases were referred by 33 Commonwealth investigative agencies, as well as 12 state and territory agencies. (A total of 58 agencies referred cases to the CDPP in the 2016–17 financial year. This includes 39 Commonwealth investigative agencies and 19 state and territory agencies.)

The following tables set out details of prosecutions we conducted in 2016–17.

Table 1: Outcomes of successful prosecutions in 2016–17
DescriptionNo.
Defendants convicted of offences prosecuted summarily1,773
Defendants convicted of offences prosecuted on indictment676
Defendants committed for trial or sentence728
Table 2: Summary prosecutions in 2016–17
DescriptionNo.
Defendants convicted after a plea of guilty1,721
Defendants convicted after a plea of not guilty52
Total defendants convicted1,773
Defendants acquitted after a plea of not guilty19
Total1,792
Table 3: Committals in 2016–17
DescriptionNo.
Defendants committed after a plea of guilty379
Defendants committed after a plea of not guilty349
Total defendants committed728
Defendants discharged after a plea of not guilty3
Total731
Table 4: Prosecutions on indictment in 2016–17
DescriptionNo.
Defendants convicted after a plea of guilty607
Defendants convicted after a plea of not guilty69
Total defendants convicted676
Defendants acquitted after a plea of not guilty12
Total688
Table 5: Prosecution appeals against sentence in 2016–17*
Appeal typeOutcomeSummaryIndictable
Appeals against sentenceUpheld410
 Dismissed012
Total 422

* Table 6 in the 2015–16 Annual Report incorrectly double-counted a defendant in the category of prosecution appeals against sentence for indictable matters; the correct figure is a total of 13 matters with three dismissed.

Table 6: Defence appeals in 2016–17
Appeal typeOutcomeSummaryIndictable
Against conviction onlyUpheld33
 Dismissed611
Against sentence onlyUpheld5314
 Dismissed1729
Conviction and sentenceUpheld03
 Dismissed310
Total 8270

The following tables provide statistics covering relevant legislation and referring agencies in relation to matters dealt with in 2016–17.

Table 7: Legislation under which charges were dealt with in 2016–17
LegislationSummary
(Charges)
Indictable
(Charges)
Airports (Control of On-Airport Activities) Regulations 199740
Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing Act 20062016
Australian Citizenship Act 194810
Australian Citizenship Act 200780
Australian Crime Commission Act 200220
Australian Passports Act 20053027
Aviation Transport Security Act 200450
Aviation Transport Security Regulations 200590
Bankruptcy Act 19661691
Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988110
Civil Aviation Act 1988320
Civil Aviation Regulations 1988290
Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 199820
Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 199530
Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918210
Companies Act 198101
Copyright Act 1968234
Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006150
Corporations Act 20016997
Crimes (Aviation) Act 199118
Crimes (Currency) Act 198112634
Crimes (Foreign Incursions and Recruitment) Act 1978017
Crimes Act 19142419
Criminal Code (Cth)3,9402,102
Customs Act 1901107190
Defence (Special Undertakings) Act 195270
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 19991308
Excise Act 190130
Export Control Act 198210
Financial Transaction Reports Act 198810
Fisheries Management Act 19911862
Foreign Passports (Law Enforcement and Security) Act 200536
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975262
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 1983100
Health Insurance Act 1973800
Imported Food Control Act 1992026
Interactive Gambling Act 200160
Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012130
Marriage Act 196130
Migration Act 19583271
National Consumer Credit Protection (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Act 200920
National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009320
National Measurement Act 1960210
National Trade Measurement Regulations 200910
National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 201110
Navigation Act 201202
Passports Act 193890
Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 199150
Proceeds of Crime Act 200201
Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 198320
Public Order (Protection of Persons and Property) Act 197180
Quarantine Act 19081292
Quarantine Regulations 200010
Radiocommunications Act 199250
Royal Commissions Act 190210
Social Security (Administration) Act 19991440
Statutory Declarations Act 195910
Taxation Administration Act 19536000
Therapeutic Goods Act 1989160
Torres Strait Fisheries Act 198410
Trade Marks Act 199501
Work Health and Safety Act 201131
Non-Commonwealth legislation285485
Total6,3193,205
Table 8: Referring agencies: defendants dealt with in 2016–17
AgencySummaryIndictable
Australian Federal Police/Australian Commission for Law
Enforcement Integrity Joint Task Force
01
Australian Border Force3458
Australian Building and Construction Commission10
Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity10
Australian Communications and Media Authority10
Australian Electoral Commission210
Australian Federal Police255398
Australian Financial Security Authority1041
Australian Fisheries Management Authority1661
Australian Maritime Safety Authority60
Australian Postal Corporation30
Australian Securities and Investments Commission2717
Australian Skills Quality Authority20
Australian Taxation Office7328
Civil Aviation Safety Authority70
Comcare21
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources134
Department of Defence50
Department of Education and Training63
Department of Employment20
Department of the Environment and Energy22
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade201
Department of Health432
Department of Human Services—Centrelink1,25127
Department of Human Services—Child Support Agency70
Department of Human Services—Medicare123
Department of Immigration and Border Protection116
Department of Social Services20
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority332
National Measurement Institute50
Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations130
Therapeutic Goods Administration20
Non-Commonwealth agencies119200
Total2,249755

Table 11 contains names of only current Commonwealth agencies at 30 June 2017. Where an agency’s name has changed over time, all the cases emanating from that agency, whatever its name, are included under the most current agency that has assumed the function.

‘Defendants dealt with’ includes not only convictions and findings of guilt but also matters resulting in acquittals, prosecutions that are discontinued in accordance with the Prosecution Policy of the Commonwealth based on evidentiary or public interest considerations or as part of a charge negotiation, as well as when there is a hung jury, a warrant is issued as the defendant has absconded, and determinations that a defendant is unfit to be tried.