Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council’s latest Annual Report released

Media release

Friday, 31 January 2020

The Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council’s 2018-19 Annual Report has recently been tabled in Queensland Parliament.

Reporting on the previous financial year, the Annual Report highlights the Council’s achievements and the work undertaken to inform the community about sentencing matters and help Queenslanders feel more comfortable with the state’s justice system.

Council highlights from 2018-19 include:

  • delivering the final Terms of Reference report to the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, the Honourable Yvette D’Ath MP, on sentencing for child homicide, making eight recommendations to better reflect the vulnerability and defencelessness of victims of child homicide in sentencing and to improve system responses for family members of child victims
  • undertaking research and extensive community consultation in response to Terms of Reference on community-based sentencing, imprisonment and parole options, as requested by the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice in October 2017
  • establishing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel to inform the Council about the issues faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the criminal justice system
  • engaging with more Queenslanders than ever before through the Judge for Yourself program and other engagement opportunities, including regional areas of the state
  • producing a range of educational and teaching resources, and three Sentencing Spotlights
  • Council members and Secretariat staff authoring a number of academic articles and speaking at a numerous national conferences.

Council Chair, John Robertson, said the Council is continuing to go from strength-to-strength, with the work over the past 12 months highlighting its commitment to inform, engage and advise the community.

“The Council is in a unique position as an independent body to provide evidenced-based policy advice on sentencing matters,” Mr Robertson said.

“Our Annual Report demonstrates the tireless work the Council has undertaken in the previous year to fulfil our commitment to promote community understanding of sentencing and provide advice to the Attorney-General when requested.”

View the Council’s Annual Report 2018-19 (PDF, 1.3 MB).

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Media and Engagement Manager
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