Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council

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

Judge for Yourself community sessions—registrations now open!

Do you have a strong opinion about Queensland’s sentencing process and the sentences given by our judges and magistrates?

We are now running free face-to-face sessions based on our Judge for Yourself interactive program to help you better understand the complexities of sentencing in Queensland.

Think sentencing is easy? Register for a Judge for Yourself community session—coming to a town or city near you!

Think you know sentencing? Judge for Yourself!

Every week in Queensland, our courts sentence people who have broken the law.

But have you ever wondered how judges and magistrates decide what sentences to give?

Now is your chance to hear the court case, decide the sentence — Judge for Yourself.

Sentencing Spotlight on child exploitation material offences

Adults who are guilty of child exploitation material (CEM) offences in Queensland are highly likely to receive a custodial penalty.

The criminal justice system has dealt with 3035 offenders in relation to CEM offences over the last decade—between them they were responsible for 8198 CEM-related offences.

These are the findings of the Sentencing Spotlight on CEM offences, which collates and publishes data on sentencing outcomes finalised in Queensland.

View Sentencing Spotlight on child exploitation material offences