The Council was re-established in 2016 following an amendment to the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 (part 12). The previous Sentencing Advisory Council operated from 2010 to 2012.

The Council reports to the Attorney-General. To maintain its independence the Council has the ability to develop its own work plan and is required to report annually to the Attorney-General, including about:

  • performance of the Council’s functions, in particular about the provision of information to the community to enhance knowledge and understanding of matters related to sentencing
  • work to be undertaken by the Council in the future in the performance of the Council’s functions.

The following publications provide further explanation about the Council’s governance framework: