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We have been asked to review how sexual assault and rape offences are sentenced.

The Terms of Reference explains what we will review in detail.

This work is part of a wider review that also asks us to review an aspect of domestic violence sentencing.

What we will review

We will look at the types of sentences a court can give to a person who commits rape or sexual assault, and when they can be used.

We will look at how courts sentence rape and sexual assault now and whether sentences have changed over time.

We will also find out if the community thinks current sentencing for rape and sexual assault reflect the seriousness of this offending or should change.

Next steps

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Preliminary submissions have now closed and are available to read on our website.

We are currently drafting a Consultation Paper, which is due to be released in early 2024.

Key dates

We will deliver our final report to the Attorney-General by 16 September 2024.

Supporting information

Background Paper 1, Review of sentencing for sexual assault and rape offences: About the Terms of Reference – Part 1

Background information – sentencing sexual assaults and rape

Terms of reference

Sentencing spotlight on rape

Sentencing spotlight on sexual assault

Sentencing spotlight on stalking