The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released new data on the number of people charged with assaulting tourists on Australian streets in 2016.
The statistics show the number is down from the peak of 4,945 in 2016 and was also down from 4,857 in 2015.
The bureau said the number dropped because of more people using the internet to get around the law.
The data, which covers the period from February to December, showed there were 2,942 people charged in NSW in 2016, down from 3,927 in 2015 and 3,874 in 2014.
More people were charged in 2016 for similar offences in 2015, compared to 2014.
The new data also shows the number charged for assault has dropped since 2015, from 474 to 434.
In the past, there were more charges for assault in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland than NSW.
Queensland has seen the most assaults, but that figure has risen over the years due to more assaults.
Queenslands Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said there was an issue of accountability for officers and the public, but there were no changes being made.
“What’s been going on in Queensland over the last decade is not working.
The police are very reluctant to come forward and give information to the public,” he said.”
There’s an issue with police officers, especially on the front lines, who don’t know where to turn for information.”
Topics:courts-and-trials,law-crime-and -prosecution,police,police-sieges,nsw,australiaFirst posted October 09, 2018 08:57:48Contact Julie O’BrienMore stories from New South Welsh