Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council

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


New podcast: Parole — closing the loop in the sentencing process

Listen to the latest edition of our Sentencing Matters podcast, where we talk to Deputy President of the Queensland Parole Board Julie Sharp about the broad range of backgrounds and experience represented and how the Parole Board makes decisions.

The conversation focuses on the range of factors considered when determining a person’s suitability for parole and that community safety is the top priority for the Parole Board.

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New council members announced

Five new members of the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council have been announced, following approval by Governor in Council.

The new Council members are:

Chair: Judge John Robertson (Retired) — recently retired from the District Court, Judge Robertson is the author of Queensland Sentencing Manual, a practical resource designed for those involved with sentencing and criminal law. He is a former President of the Childrens Court of Queensland and former Deputy President of the Queensland Community Corrections Board.

Jo Bryant — CEO of Protect All Children Today (PACT), which provides support to children who give evidence in court, Jo is an advocate of children’s rights as well as the aged and people with a disability.

Bevan Costello — a Waka Waka man, inspirational figure and teacher within the Cherbourg community, Bevan is the Chair of the Barambah Local Justice Group and a member of the Cherbourg Community Council.

Vicki Loury QC — a Consultant Crown Prosecutor for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Vicki’s work primarily focuses on homicide trials. She also appears as leading counsel in the Court of Appeal.

Cheryl Scanlon APM — currently at the Crime and Corruption Commission, Detective Chief Superintendent Scanlon was previously Operations Commander, Child Safety and Sexual Crime Group at Queensland Police Service.

The Council would like to thank Professor Elena Marchetti who has been acting chair for the last 12 months for her enormous contribution. Prof Marchetti will resume her role as Deputy Chair.

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Call for submissions — Sentencing for child homicide offences

The Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council is seeking your views on sentencing for child homicide offences.

We’d like your response to all or some of the questions posed in the consultation paper Sentencing for criminal offences arising from the death of a child.

The paper contains:

  • an overview of child homicide offences in Queensland, including sentencing data from the past 12 years
  • a discussion of the sentencing purposes and factors applied by Queensland courts and whether they are adequate for sentencing child homicide offenders
  • an examination of the sentencing challenges associated with child homicide.

Community input into the review is important to ensure the views of Queenslanders can be taken into account by the Council in its advice to the Attorney-General.

Submissions deadline: 5pm, Tuesday 31 July 2018.

Summary paper

Consultation paper

Make a submission

Attend an information session (Gold Coast, Longreach,Mt Isa, Sunshine Coast)

Attend a community summit (Logan, Townsville)