Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council
The Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council provides independent research and advice, seeks public views and promotes community understanding of sentencing matters.
New: Sentencing Spotlight on…breach of bail offences
The number of offenders sentenced for breach of bail has more than doubled since 2005, increasing year-on-year from 2008.
The average offender is a 30-year-old male. Of all offenders, 95% plead guilty to the breach. The report shows 4 out of 5 offenders receive a non-custodial penalty, most likely a fine for adults (average fine $378) and a reprimand for young offenders.
These sentencing trends feature in the fifth edition of our Sentencing Spotlight series.
Have your say: submissions extended
We have received 2 new Terms of Reference from the Queensland Attorney-General.
Sentencing for child homicide
We are calling for preliminary submissions for our review on sentencing for child homicide.
Our 12-month review will focus on sentencing for offences involving the unlawful death of a child and will:
- analyse current sentencing practices and trends, including time ordered to be served in custody before offenders are eligible for parole
- examine the approach to sentencing for child homicide offences in other Australian jurisdictions
- consider whether current penalties imposed on sentence in Queensland adequately reflect the particular vulnerabilities of child victims
- identify if legislative changes are required to ensure appropriate sentencing.
Council marks first anniversary
The Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council has now been operational for a year.
During our inaugural 12-months, we have consulted extensively with the community and stakeholders across Queensland, created innovative resources and provided evidence-based advice on sentencing matters.
- delivered a report on the classification of child exploitation material for sentencing purposes
- commenced two new reviews: sentencing for child homicide offences; and intermediate sentencing options and parole
- launched an interactive website Judge for Yourself enabling you to walk in the shoes of a judge
- hosted 4 Sentencing Seminars taking a deep--dive into sentencing issues
- published 5 Sentencing Spotlights looking at sentencing trends
- launched the Sentencing Matters podcast series
- established the National Sentencing Network
- held community sessions across the state
- launched the Council’s website, Twitter and Facebook platforms
- published a 3-year strategic plan and a part-year annual report.