We are keen to hear your views about sentencing matters in Queensland. Public and stakeholder consultation informs our research and policy advice.

Call for submissions — sentencing for child homicide offences

Submissions are sought as part of the Council’s review into sentencing for criminal offences arising from the death of a child.

You are invited to make a submission based on the questions in the consultation paper, or any issues arising from the Terms of Reference.

Submission deadline: 5pm, Tuesday 31 July 2018

Preparing submissions

This consultation paper raises questions in relation to seven key issues that reflect the Terms of Reference provided by the Attorney-General.

We would prefer submissions to be in writing, but please contact us for alternatives if you do not wish to send a written submission. You are invited to respond to some or all of the questions. To assist in analysing responses, please identify the relevant question number/s in your submission.

Try to keep your responses succinct and focused on the question/s you are responding to. If you wish to provide attachments please indicate which question/s your attachment refers to.

How your submission will be used

All submissions in response to the consultation paper, as well as additional consultation conducted with key stakeholders, will inform the Council’s response to the Terms of Reference. A final report with recommendations will be provided to the Attorney-General by 31 October 2018 and released publicly on this website.

Generally, submissions will be considered public and published on the Council’s website unless clearly marked ‘confidential’.

Public submissions may be published on the Council’s website, but with personal information redacted to protect the privacy of those making the submission.

Submissions marked as ‘anonymous’ will have all identifying details removed (including the name or names of those making the submission) prior to publication.

The Council does not publish submissions that are received anonymously (that is, that do not include the name and contact details of the person making them).

Submissions marked ‘confidential’ will not be published or directly quoted in publications. Confidential submissions will be used for informing the Council’s work only.

Making a submission


Submit online here


To submit via email, please include in the subject line of your email ‘Child homicide sentencing review submission’.

Please complete and include a submission form and email your submission to


To submit via post, please include the following information on your correspondence ‘Child homicide sentencing review submission’.

Please complete and include a submission form and post your submission to:

Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council
GPO Box 2360
Brisbane Qld 4001

Personal information

Any personal information identified in the public consultation process will be collected only for the purpose of the review. Personal information will not be used within the final report. However, unless you explicitly request, details provided in your submission (other than personal information) may be directly or indirectly quoted in the final report, or other products associated with the final report. If you include details in your submission that you do not want publicly disclosed, please indicate this within your submission.

The Right to Information (RTI) Act 2009 may apply to submissions provided as part of this consultation process. If subject to a RTI application, submissions including those labelled confidential, will all be assessed as part of the RTI process.

While the Terms of Reference are restricted to reviewing sentencing for child homicide, the Council understands this topic is emotive. Submissions containing offensive, derogatory, highly-specific information about actual offending and/or issues beyond the scope of these Terms of Reference will not be referred to in the final report and may be excluded from the consultation process.

Preliminary submissions

Preliminary submissions on our review of sentencing for child homicide have now closed.

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