We are keen to hear your views about sentencing matters in Queensland.

Public and stakeholder consultation informs our research and policy advice.

Call for preliminary submissions: Sentencing for child homicide

Closing date: 13 December 2017

We are calling for preliminary submissions on our review of sentencing for child homicide.

These preliminary submissions will be used to inform our consultation paper, which will be published in 2018. You will be able to make further submissions on the review following the release of the consultation paper.

Before you respond, we encourage you to read the Terms of Reference which sets out the scope of the review.

Publication of written submissions

Submissions made to the Council are generally treated as public documents.

This means your submission may be published on this website, referred to by the Council in consultation papers or reports and provided to other people who request to see it unless you ask us to keep it confidential.

If you request confidentiality, the Council will keep the submission (or relevant parts) confidential and it/those parts will not be published, quoted or referred to by the Council. Your name and organisation will also not be publicly disclosed.

If you do not request us to treat your submission as confidential, your name and submission may be made public (but we will remove any personal contact details – e.g. your phone number and address).

You can also ask for your submission to be treated as anonymous, in which case your submission may be published or quoted from, and copies provided to people who request to see it, but your name or organisation will not be disclosed as the author.

You can choose your preferred confidentiality option on the submission form.

The Council acknowledges that submissions may contain information about other people who are victims of crime. Even where individuals are not named, they may be identifiable from other information contained in a written submission.

To protect the privacy of these individuals, the Council will remove information that appears capable of identifying those people before the submission is made public.

Unless all relevant individuals have consented to publication, the Council will not publish the names of any individual against whom any allegations of commission of a criminal offence are made or who are victims of crime.

We will not publish on our website any submissions that contain offensive or defamatory comments or anything out of scope of the reference.

How to submit

  1. Answer the following question:
    • What issues do you think the Council should explore in responding to the Terms of Reference — penalties imposed on sentence for criminal offences arising from the death of a child?
  2. Complete the submission form:
  3. Email your submission and submission form to or post your submission to:

Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council
GPO Box 2360
Brisbane QLD 4001

Privacy statement

We manage personal information in accordance with the Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld). The information you provide will only be used for the purpose of informing the review of sentencing for child homicide.

Your personal information will not be released to another party without your consent unless required or permitted by law.

Please note, however, that all submissions may be subject to disclosure under the Right to Information Act 2009 (Qld), and access applications for submissions, including those for which confidentiality has been requested, will be determined in accordance with that Act.

The focus of this review and information on this website may be distressing to some people. If you need to talk to someone, support is available:

Lifeline Australia: 13 11 14

Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800

Victim Assist Queensland: 1300 546 587 (business hours)

For information and assistance about child safety issues, please contact

Queensland Family & Child Commission: 3900 6000 (business hours)