South Australia’s Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan’s visions and goals.

Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data is analysed and uploaded as it becomes available.


19. Repeat offending:

South Australia has the lowest Australian rate of repeat offenders over the period to 2020

Key Measure


Explanatory Comments

For the purposes of this target, repeat offenders are defined as people (aged 10 years and over) who were proceeded against by police more than once during each financial year. Data is not currently available for Western Australia and therefore national data cannot be compiled.

In 2007–08 (baseline year), South Australia had the lowest proportion of repeat offenders of any Australian jurisdiction.* In 2011–12 (the latest available data) South Australia had the second lowest proportion of repeat offenders behind Victoria.

In South Australia, 21.7% of offenders were proceeded against more than once in 2007–08, decreasing to 19.0% in 2011–12.

* South Australian data should be treated with some caution as information relating to offenders issued with Cannabis Expiation Notices and some other types of Expiation Notices are stored in a separate database and cannot be linked to other databases containing information about offenders proceeded against by police.