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 education sessions

We offer free interactive Judge for Yourself sessions to Queensland students — providing a valuable and authentic insight into the criminal justice system and the complex task of sentencing offenders.

Available to high schools and universities delivering legal, justice and media studies programs within a two-hour drive of Brisbane, Judge for Yourself gives students a chance to hear the facts of a real court case and pass sentence on the offender. It provides educators with high-quality lesson content that enhances student learning about the court system.

Webinar sessions will be available shortly.

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New report: Classification of child exploitation materials for sentencing purposes

Our final report into the classification of child exploitation material (CEM) for sentencing purposes has been released.

The key finding was classification needs to balance the requirements of police, prosecution and the judiciary to bring offenders to justice swiftly, focus finite resources on victim identification and protect officer welfare.

Among the 16 recommendations were to include the role of the offender and relationship to the child in the sentencing considerations used by sentencing judges; adopting a new 4-point approach and CEM analysis report to streamline prosecutions; and establishing a new role in Queensland – the eSafeQ Commissioner – to promote online safety for Queensland children and families.

Read full report

Latest podcast: Re-thinking imprisonment - the role of evidence in penal reform

This episode introduces extensive research conducted in the United States by Professor Todd Clear of Rutgers University, which involves detailed analysis of US incarceration rates over a 30-year period.

Todd discusses his experiences in how to best influence public and political debate about incarceration. He acknowledges the emotive nature of this topic but reasserts his firm belief that evidence can — and has — informed the prison debate by presenting statistics, individual stories and addressing preconceived ideas about offenders and community safety.

Listen to the podcast