Murder : Crime in Australia


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Nationwide Murder Rates

Year : No of Murder Victims, and rate per 100,000

  • 1997 : 321 1.7 per 100,000
  • 1998 : 285 1.5 per 100,000
  • 1999 : 343 1.8 per 100,000
  • 2000 : 315 1.6 per 100,000
  • 2001 : 311 1.6 per 100,000
  • 2002 : 318 1.6 per 100,000

ABS Year Book Australia, 2004

Year : No of Homicides

  • 1990 : 306
  • 1991 : 323
  • 1992 : 314
  • 1993 : 331
  • 1994 : 323
  • 1995 : 327
  • 1996 : 304
  • 1997 : 298
  • 1998 : 297
  • 1999 : 327
  • 2000 : 300
  • 2001 : 308
  • 2002 : 354
  • 2003 : 297
  • 2004 : 288
  • 2005 : 249
  • 2006 : 283

Source: Australian Institute of Criminology, National Homicide Monitoring Program 1989-90 to 2005-06


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Homicide includes murder, manslaughter and infanticide, but excludes driving-related fatalities unless these occur in the course of a criminal event.

Murder Rates in Cities

Murder Rates in the Australian Cities may be higher than the overall national rate.
One example of this being the 2009 murder rate in Melbourne of 7.4 per 100,000 population. This is about 5 times the national rate.

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