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Government justice spend breaches $10 billion

Government justice spend breaches $10 billion

Government spending for justice services has risen from $9.4 billion in 2003-04 to more than $10.7 billion in 2007-08. According to the latest statistics from the Report on Government Services…

Government spending for justice services has risen from $9.4 billion in 2003-04 to more than $10.7 billion in 2007-08.

According to the latest statistics from the Report on Government Services 2009 (Productivity Commission 2009), government funding for justice services in Australia has experienced an average annual growth rate of 3.4 per cent since 2003-04.

The largest increase in average annual growth for the period examined related to spending on corrective services (up 5.1 per cent per annum on average), followed by criminal court administration (3.5 per cent), police services (3 per cent) and civil court administration (0.7 per cent).

Of the total justice system expenditure in 2007-08, police services account for the greatest portion (66.7 per cent), followed by corrective services (22.7 per cent), criminal court administration (5.7 per cent) and civil court administration (4.9 per cent).

The percentage of total justice system expenditure for each service type has remained relatively steady throughout the review period.

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