Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council

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


Call for submissions — Sentencing for child homicide offences

The Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council is seeking your views on sentencing for child homicide offences.

We’d like your response to all or some of the questions posed in the consultation paper Sentencing for criminal offences arising from the death of a child.

The paper contains:

  • an overview of child homicide offences in Queensland, including sentencing data from the past 12 years
  • a discussion of the sentencing purposes and factors applied by Queensland courts and whether they are adequate for sentencing child homicide offenders
  • an examination of the sentencing challenges associated with child homicide.

Community input into the review is important to ensure the views of Queenslanders can be taken into account by the Council in its advice to the Attorney-General.

Submissions deadline: 5pm, Tuesday 31 July 2018.

Summary paper

Consultation paper

Make a submission

Attend an information session (Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Longreach,Mt Isa, Sunshine Coast)

Attend a community summit (Logan, Townsville)


New Podcast: Youth Justice—Prevention better than cure

Listen to the latest edition of our Sentencing Matters podcast series in which Detective Chief Superintendent Cheryl Scanlon talks about the importance of early intervention when dealing with young offenders.

The conversation focuses on how policy and practice needs to keep up with a rapidly changing society and how education rather than punishment leads to better outcomes for young people.

Listen to the podcast


Free online seminar: Let’s talk about sexts

Register now for our free online 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.

Date: 17 May 2018

Venue: Online

Time: 5.30pm

Cost: Free

Register now


Podcast: Indigenous welfare: How poverty is leading to longer sentences

In this edition of Sentencing Matters we talk to Canadian Senator Kim Pate about her work with Indigenous women and girls within the criminal justice system in Canada.

Senator Pate talks to us about the significant differences in the treatment of women in the criminal justice system compared to men, and how poverty has a direct relationship to a woman’s chances of ending up behind bars for a longer period.

We also hear her thoughts on how mandatory sentencing exacerbates the inequality between the rich and poor rather than protects against it.

Listen to the podcast


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)
  • Longreach (25 July)

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