RTA EVALUATION


The following are the results of the RTA evaluation undertaken in 1999.

Description of TOPs
  1. Traffic offenders
  2. Prior to sentencing
  3. A matter of Magistrate's judgement
  4. Educational course
  5. Nine programs operating
  6. Seven weekly sessions
  7. Visiting presenters
  8. Written assessments
  9. Magistrate can question
Effect of TOPs on Re-Offending
  1. Compare TOPs participants with other offenders
  2. Use offence database
  3. 1993 to 1995 offenders
  4. 1,532 TOPs participants
  5. Mt. Penang
  6. Blacktown
  7. 9,569 others
Effects of Other Factors
  1. Age
  2. Sex
  3. Offence category
  4. Length of disqualification
  5. Socioeconomic disadvantage
  6. Prior offence
  7. Metropolitan or country residence
  8. Subsequent years after offence
TOPs were Effective
  1. Regression model with all the other factors
  2. TOPs participants still had a statistically significant effect after allowing for other factors
  3. TOPs reduced probability of re-offending by 25%