Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions

Prosecution Statistics

Prosecution Statistics

During the 2018-19 financial year, there were 2,579 cases referred to the CDPP. These cases were referred by 62 partner agencies, this includes 46 Commonwealth investigative agencies and 16 state and territory agencies.

The following tables set out details of prosecutions we conducted in 2018-19

Table 1: Outcomes of successful prosecutions in 2018-19
Defendants convicted of offences prosecuted summarily1,003
Defendants convicted of offences prosecuted on indictment688
Defendants committed for trial or sentence550
Table 2: Summary prosecutions in 2018-19
Defendants convicted after a plea of guilty917
Defendants convicted after a plea of not guilty33
Defendants convicted ex parte53
Total defendants convicted1,003
Defendants acquitted after a plea of not guilty15
Table 3: Committals in 2018-19
Defendants committed after a plea of guilty309
Defendants committed after a plea of not guilty241
Total defendants committed550
Defendants discharged after a plea of not guilty5
Table 4: Prosecutions on indictment in 2018-19
Defendants convicted after a plea of guilty609
Defendants convicted after a plea of not guilty79
Total defendants convicted688
Defendants acquitted after a plea of not guilty30
Table 5: Prosecution appeals against sentence in 2018-19
Appeal typeOutcomeSummaryIndictable
Appeals against sentenceUpheld26
Total 312


Table 6: Defence appeals in 2018-19
Appeal typeOutcomeSummaryIndictable
Against conviction onlyUpheld13
Against sentence onlyUpheld3219
Conviction and sentenceUpheld21
Total 5549

The following tables provide statistics covering relevant legislation and referring agencies in relation to matters dealt with in 2018-19

Table 7: Legislation under which charges were dealt with summarily and on indictment in 2018-19
A New Tax System (Australian Business Number) Act 199910
A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 199920
Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 199420
Airports (Control of On-Airport Activities) Regulations 199710
Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing Act 20061382
Australian Citizenship Act 200740
Australian Federal Police Act 197930
Australian Passports Act 2005114
Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 200151
Aviation Transport Security Act 200460
Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005100
Bankruptcy Act 196617421
Biosecurity Act 201591
Child Support (Assessment) Act 198920
Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 198820
Civil Aviation Act 19881110
Civil Aviation Regulations 1988250
Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 199850
Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918120
Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006280
Corporations Act 20017146
Crimes (Aviation) Act 1991174
Crimes (Currency) Act 19819982
Crimes (Foreign Incursions and Recruitment) Act 197809
Crimes (High Risk Offenders) Act 200602
Crimes Act 19145027
Criminal Code (Cth)2,3432,101
Criminal Code 2007 (Norfolk Island)81
Customs Act 19018772
Dangerous Drugs Act 1927 (Norfolk Island)10
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999218
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Regulations 200020
Excise Act 190192
Export Control Act 198201
Extradition Act 198810
Family Law Act 197520
Financial Transaction Reports Act 198820
Fisheries Management Act 1991380
Foreign Passports (Law Enforcement and Security) Act 2005819
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975120
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 1983290
Health Insurance Act 197390
Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 201260
Marriage Act 196110
Migration Act 19585050
Motor Vehicle Standards Act 198990
National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009150
National Measurement Act 196010
Navigation Act 201230
Passports Act 193830
Proceeds of Crime Act 200210
Public Order (Protection of Persons and Property) Act 19712152
Quarantine Act 190820
Radiocommunications Act 199261
Royal Commissions Act 190201
Social Security (Administration) Act 1999400
Social Security Act 1947570
Social Security Act 1991500
Statutory Declarations Act 195961
Student Assistance Act 197310
Taxation Administration Act 19533270
Therapeutic Goods Act 1989360
Torres Strait Fisheries Act 198410
Traffic Act 2010 (Norfolk Island)390
Work Health and Safety Act 2011130
Non-Commonwealth legislation163329
Table 8: Referring agencies: defendants dealt with and on indictment in 2018–19*
Australian Border Force3759
Australian Building and Construction Commission10
Australian Bureau of Statistics50
Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity 21
Australian Communications and Media Authority 40
Australian Electoral Commission60
Australian Federal Police240385
Australian Financial Security Authority 1146
Australian Fisheries Management Authority 100
Australian Maritime Safety Authority 20
Australian Securities and Investments Commission3015
Australian Taxation Office4129
Civil Aviation Safety Authority72
Department of Agriculture 114
Department of Defence24
Department of Education 30
Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business30
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade41
Department of Health53
Department of Home Affairs 20
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science10
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development10
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet10
Department of the Environment and Energy11
Department of Veterans' Affairs10
Director of National Parks20
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority360
National Measurement Institute10
Non Commonwealth Agencies129244
Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations210
Services Australia40
Services Australia - Centrelink52930
Services Australia - Child Support Agency20
Services Australia - Medicare531
Therapeutic Goods Administration20

*‘Defendants dealt with’ includes not only convictions and findings of guilt, but also: matters resulting in acquittals; prosecutions that are discontinued in accordance with the Prosecution Policy of the Commonwealth based on evidentiary or public interest considerations; discontinuances as part of a charge negotiation; when there is a hung jury; a warrant has been issued and the defendant has absconded; and determinations that a defendant is unfit to be tried. It also includes matters where a charge is issued but is unable to be served, and prosecutions commenced in one jurisdiction and recommenced in another because a defendant has moved. It does not include: matters where the CDPP has provided pre-brief advice to an investigative agency; brief assessments that do not proceed to prosecution on evidentiary or public interest grounds; breach proceedings; or matters determined on appeal.