The Directorate is responsible for reviewing and developing policy and legislation across the justice and community safety portfolio.
Our law enforcement regime maintains the public safety and social order of the community.
A variety of organisations and programs come together to identify and respond to crime, safety and justice priorities.
Information about the ways we promote, support and protect rights.
All about the Human Rights Act, how it works and the review process.
FOI gives members of the community a legally enforceable right to access documents held by government.
Access to a range of emergency response information.
Our emergency response framework.
Members of our community who respond in emergencies.
Safety considerations and information for personal and family wellbeing.
How we keep our community safe.
Information about the Infrastructure Safety and Security Grants Program.
Business obligations for safe workplaces.
Keeping ACT Government assets and information secure.
A national approach to security preparedness and planning.
How we keep safe on ACT roads.
The Directorate is responsible for legislation dealing with commercial regulation in the ACT.
The Directorate is responsible to the Attorney-General, the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, the Minister for Justice and the Minister for Corrective Services.
The Directorate plays a vital role in providing information and advice to the Minister and supporting ACT representation in national fora.
The Directorate's responsibility for government activities of justice administration, rights protection, business regulation and emergency services.
ACT Corrective Services delivers adult correctional and detention services.
ACT Courts and Tribunal deliver justice through sentencing in criminal cases and rulings in civil cases.
The ACT Emergency Services Agency is responsible for emergency management planning and response.
The ACT Government Solicitor provides legal advice and services to the ACT Government and its agencies.
The Legislation and Policy Branch provides policy advice and research services to develop ACT policies and legislation.
The Parliamentary Counsel’s Office provides legislative drafting and publishing services for ACT legislation.
Policing services in the ACT are purchased from the Australian Federal Police.
The Security and Emergency Management Branch is responsible for protection and emergency planning for all hazards, including counter-terrorism.
A number of independent statutory agencies are administered under the portfolio umbrella of justice and community safety.
Victim Support ACT provides specialised assistance to help victims of crime participate in the justice process.
The Director of Public Prosecutions provides independent and effective criminal prosecution services.
The victims of Crime Commissioner advocates for victims of crime and is responsible for delivering services to victims of crime
The ACT Human Rights Commission promotes the human rights and welfare of people living in the ACT.
The Public Advocate protects the interests, rights and dignity of vulnerable people and those with a disability.
The Public Trustee provides independent, professional trustee and asset management services.
The Work Safety Commissioner promotes and educates stakeholders on matters relating to workplace safety in the ACT.
Media information relating to the justice and community safety portfolio.
This section details the ways to contact the Department as well as agency locations.
This section provides access to our searchable database of publications.
The ACT Criminal Justice Statistical Profile (the Profile) is a historical series of crime data that is compiled quarterly by the Legislation, Policy and Programs Branch (LPP) of the ACT Justice and Community Safety Directorate and then tabled in the Legislative Assembly.
The Profile contains data from ACT Policing, ACT Law Courts, ACT Corrective Services, Restorative Justice Unit, Galambany Court, Office of Children, Youth and Family Support and Victims Support ACT for the previous three months.
The Profile provides Government, community agencies and the public, with data on varying levels of crime in the ACT and the responses to crimes by the criminal justice system.
In 2013, LPP completed a review of the content and presentation of the Profile. The webpage 2013 Consultation Review provides a summary of the review findings and a link to the review report.
The latest quarterly Profile is available below. Key highlights for the quarter are found in the Key highlights summary - December 2014 [PDF 726 KB]. Email alerts are available when each quarterly Profile is released if you register interest in the Profile.
Numerous agencies contribute to the Profile. LPP acknowledges the assistance of the following agencies:
For more information on the Profile, see the Profile’s Statement of Purpose and Explanatory Notes – December 2014 [PDF 615 KB] or contact LPP on 6205 4786.
Note also that there are many other sources of ACT criminal justice data, including ACT Policing’s Crime Statistics web site (contains crime by location), the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Institute of Criminology.
The December 2014 Profile contains further modifications to the Profile’s data sets.
Following the conversion of a number of Youth Justice Tables in the September 2014 quarter Profile from quarterly snapshots to time series tables, JACS is undertaking a process to convert all possible quarterly snapshot tables in the Profile to time series tables.
This quarter, RJ Table 8: Restorative Justice agreement outcomes for victims and community and the Galambany ‘Circle’ Sentencing Court tables are converted into the time series format. As with the conversion of the Youth Justice tables in the September 2014 quarter, while not losing any data, this change greatly increases the analytical power of the data in these tables. Unlike the Youth Justice tables, historical data is available for these tables to provide a full 5 years of data.
A further change has been made to RJ Table 8. This table now includes data on the hours spent by offenders in counselling and/or programs as part of an RJ agreement. Offender development includes counselling, life coaching, anger management, drug and alcohol counselling, participation in the Police Citizens and Youth Club and other relevant activities.
The data for the Profile is requested from Agencies at the end of the quarter and analysed in the following month. The Profile is then tabled in the Legislative Assembly sittings that are as close as possible to the second month after the quarter has ended. For example the June quarter data is requested in the first week of July and the completed Profile is then tabled in the August sittings of the Legislative Assembly.
Statement of Purpose and Explanatory Notes – December 2014 [PDF 615 KB]
Key highlights summary - December 2014 [PDF 726 KB]
Data Tables for December 2014 [XLSX 441 KB]
Criminal Justice Statistical Profile –December 2014 [PDF 6.5 KB] – as tabled in the Legislative Assembly.
Recent Criminal Justice Statistical Profiles are linked below.
Criminal Justice Statistical Profile - September 2014
Criminal Justice Statistical Profile - June 2014
Criminal Justice Statistical Profile - March 2014
Previous releases of the Criminal Justice Statistical Profile are available in the Criminal Justice Statistical Profile Past Issues.