Recorded offences include any criminal act or omission by a person or organisation for which a penalty could be imposed by the Victorian legal system. For more information about counting rules, please refer to the Explanatory Notes .
Since early 2020 Victoria has been responding to the global COVID-19 pandemic through the use of public health and social responses. In Victoria, these responses have resulted in periods with varying levels of restrictions on people’s movements; including working from home wherever possible, remote learning for students, the introduction of curfews, temporary closures of some businesses, restrictions on activities deemed non-essential, limits to social gatherings, and new hygiene sanitation practices, including the introduction of mask-wearing in public.
The Victorian Government COVID-19 public health response was supported by the introduction of new COVID-19-related offences codes relating to breaches of Chief Health Officer (CHO) Directions the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 . There were 37,505 breach of CHO Directions offences recorded in the 12 months to 30 December 2020, driving the significant increase in Public health and safety offences, here is a breakdown by offence code:
- 837AP - REFUS/FAIL COMPLY DIR/REQ AUTH OFF (IND) – 32,619 offences
- 837AQ - REFUS/FAIL COMPLY DIR/REQ AUTH OFF (B/C) – 83 offences
- 837AR - REF/FAIL COMPLY DIR/REQ WEAR FACE COVER – 4,163 offences
- 837AT - REF/FAIL COMPLY REQ SELF-ISO/QUARANTINE – 40 offences
- 837AV - LEAVE RESTRICTED AREA W/O VALID REAS/EXC – 333 offences
- 837AW - REF/FAIL COMPLY REQ-PRIV/PUB GATHERINGS – 265 offences
- 837AX - REFUSE/FAIL COMPLY DIRECTN/REQ AUTH OFF – 2 offences.
For more information about the impacts of COVID-19 on crime to end of December 2020 please see the CSA paper Police-recorded crime trends in Victoria during the COVID-19 pandemic: update to the end of December 2020.
Key movements in the number and rate of offences recorded
Offences Recorded - Tabular Visualisation
The offences recorded data visualisation contains the number and rate of offences recorded in Victoria. You can also view crime data by local government area in the latest crime data by area. Data for these visualisations are available via the Download data button on the latest crime data webpage.
Please note that movements in recorded crime data may be impacted by changes in legislation and operational police practice. Information is available about notable changes in the Explanatory Notes , refer to this information when comparing data over time.
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