Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council

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

Sentencing for criminal offences arising from the death of a child

The Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath has announced she will refer an inquiry into sentencing arising from offences resulting in the death of a child to the Council.

This follows recognition there is a growing concern from the general public about whether sentencing for criminal offences arising from the death of a child are meeting the community’s expectations.

Read the full Attorney-General statement

Inaugural annual report available

Our inaugural annual report is now available detailing our work during our first seven months of operation.

Fulfilling our role to inform, engage and advise on sentencing matters, we have met with key stakeholders and community members, delivered multiple events and produced a large array of resources to start the conversation about sentencing in Queensland.

Read the annual report

Sentencing Spotlight on possession of dangerous drugs released

Our Sentencing Spotlight on...possession of dangerous drugs reveals 9 out of 10 offenders sentenced for possessing a dangerous drug in the last decade received a non-custodial sentence, with more than half getting a fine.

The spotlight examines sentencing outcomes for possessing dangerous drug offences finalised in Queensland courts between 1 July 2005 and 30 June 2016.

The overwhelming majority of offenders (97.1%) pleaded guilty to possession of a dangerous drug. Offenders received a wide range of penalties, although the majority (93.2%) received non-custodial outcomes, of which 56.4% received an average fine of $554.60.

View the Sentencing Spotlight on...possession of dangerous drugs

Royal Commission Sentencing Seminar: presentation now live

Our latest Sentencing Seminar Series focused on the Criminal Justice Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Chair of the Royal Commission, the Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, spoke about the recently released Criminal Justice Report.

The report contains 85 recommendations — all of which aim to reform the Australian criminal justice system to provide a fairer response to victims of institutional child sexual abuse.

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Youth justice presentation now live

Our Sentencing Seminar Series on  youth justice issues was a sell-out but you can find out 'What happened with Jake' by viewing our recorded presentation.

A panel of experts were joined by a group of young people to discuss the life trajectory of a fictitious young person who has been involved with the criminal justice system from a young age.

What has happened in Jake’s life to lead him to where he is today, and what could have been done differently to help him make better life choices?

View the presentation