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 has been updated as at December 2017.


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. 

In 2007–08 (baseline year), South Australia had the lowest proportion of repeat offenders of any Australian jurisdiction.*

In 2015–16 South Australia had the second lowest proportion of repeat offenders behind the Australian Capital Territory. 

In South Australia, 21.7% of offenders were proceeded against more than once in 2007–08, decreasing to 18.1% in 2015–16. 

* 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.