New analysis from the Australian Institute of Criminology has confirmed that homicide in Australia has fallen significantly since the 1990s, including domestic homicide. The report, by Willow Bryant and Samantha Bricknell, looks at national data from 1989-90 to 2013-14.
During that period, the number of homicides has fallen from over 300 a year -- the level homicide was at for much of the 1990s -- to around 240-250 at the moment. Adjusted for population, that means a significant fall, from around 1.8 murders per 100,000 population each year to 1.0 currently. If Australians were murdered at the same rate as in 1990, around 430 people would be killed each year.