Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council

The Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council provides independent research and advice, seeks public views and promotes community understanding of sentencing matters.

Registrations now open: Let’s talk about sexts

Register now for our Sentencing Seminar Let’s talk about sexts: vulnerable victims or unwitting offenders? when we look at the issue of teen sexting from all sides.

We feature the story of a 15-year-old boy unwittingly caught up in a series of events that brings him to the attention of the police.

Our panel of experts gives insight into this type of incident, how it can be prevented and how, if left unaddressed, it can quickly escalate and hold significant consequences for young people.

You can either attend in person or via live web stream for this event.

Date: 17 May 2018

Venue: Murrumba State Secondary College, Murrumba Downs, and live streamed

Time: 5.30pm

Cost: Free

Register now

Community urged to have say on criminal sentencing

We’re keen to hear your views on sentencing of criminal offences in Queensland.

What’s your understanding of the sentencing process — and what do you think about sentencing outcomes?

In particular, we want your opinions on two reviews we are currently working on:

  • sentencing of child homicide offences
  • community based orders and parole.

Come along to an information session and have your say at one of the following locations: Brisbane (24 May); Cairns (30 May); Gold Coast (20 June), Mt Isa (13 June), Sunshine Coast (7 June) and Longreach (25 July).

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New podcast: Measuring public opinion on sentencing

The judiciary are often criticised for being ‘soft on crime’ but what do people who have all the courtroom evidence think?

Jurors hear the same facts as judges and magistrates. In this edition of our Sentencing Matters podcast we talk to Tasmania Governor Professor Kate Warner who has run several jury studies to see if they think the courts are out of touch with community attitudes.

Professor Warner talks about how the research was carried out, the questions that were asked of jurors and how the study has progressed from Tasmania to Victoria and now to a national study looking at sexual and violence offences.

She reveals the results of the surveys and discusses the merit of sentencing remark summaries being published by Australian courts to help educate the public about the sentencing process.

Listen to the podcast