TASMANIA has the country's highest proportion of people charged five times or more by police in a single year.
The figure applied to both men and women during 2011/12, Australian Bureau of Statistics data released this week showed.
In 2011/12, 174 women and 864 men were proceeded against five times or more by Tasmania Police.
Tasmania has had the highest proportion of offenders in this category since 2008/09.
Overall the state had the second- highest offender rate after the Northern Territory.
Following Tasmania were South Australia, Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia and the ACT.
There were 13,164 offenders in Tasmania in 2011/12 with nearly 5000 of those committing public order offences.
The second-highest category of offenders were those intending to hurt others, then those committing illicit drug offences.
Since April 2011 Tasmania Police have had to proceed against young people committing minor drug offences mainly in the court rather than through cautions or drug diversion programs.
This has led to an increase in the number of court actions for youth offenders.
However, the figures showed police had been increasingly dealing with offenders outside the court system since 2008/09.