Did you know Queensland was the first Australian state to enact specific anti-stalking legislation? The offence of unlawful stalking commenced on 23 November 1993.
Looking at sentencing outcomes for stalking offences in Queensland courts between July 2005 and June 2019, our research found:
- a total of 1,594 individuals were sentenced for 2,155 cases involving a stalking offence
- 1,698 cases where this was the most serious offence (MSO)
- 85.7% of offenders were male
- 8.4% of offenders were Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
- the average age of offenders was 36.7 years
- 97% of offenders pleaded guilty
- of the adult offenders sentenced, 49.9% received a custodial penalty
- of the 2,155 cases sentenced, a restraining order was made in 900 cases (41.8%)
- 5.8% of those sentenced were repeat offenders
- females accounted for almost half of child offenders (46.7%).