Strategic plan 2017-2019

Our vision

We are integral to Queensland’s criminal justice system, and have an authoritative and independent voice.

Our mission

To provide independent research and advice, seek public views and promote community understanding of sentencing matters.

Our principal focus

We will contribute to efforts to understand and address the drivers of over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland’s criminal justice system. How Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are affected by system responses and what improvements can be recommended to address these effects will be embedded across our work agenda.

Our values

  • collaborative and collegiate
  • innovative and creative
  • professional and efficient
  • respectful
  • collectively responsible and accountable
  • culturally competent.

Objectives and strategies

Engage effectively with the community about sentencing

  • Develop and deliver an inclusive community engagement strategy
  • Identify, engage and sustain stakeholder networks to consult on historical, current and emerging issues
  • Engage in a dialogue on sentencing with communities on areas of mutual interest and concern

Establish the council as a trusted and responsive professional body

  • Respond effectively and professionally to all terms of reference
  • Provide authoritative, influential and independent products
  • Deliver excellence in sentencing research, policy and reform

Position the council as a thought leader on sentencing issues

  • Develop and deliver a research agenda that tackles high value sentencing issues
  • Develop a National Sentencing Network
  • Collaborate with and leverage key partners

Key performance indicators


  • Terms of reference delivery—% of projects delivered on time
  • Quality of outputs—quality and usefulness as measured by product feedback survey, % of sentencing recommendations adopted


  • Expense budget


  • Brand awareness — % stakeholder population
  • Number of products/publications
  • Engagement activity—number of meetings and consultations held
  • Website and social media metrics


  • Permanent full time equivalent staff
  • Number of attendances at professional development opportunities