Terms of Reference

We advise the government on sentencing matters, when requested. This research involves reviewing matters about sentencing, consultation with key stakeholders and the general public to obtain their views on the issue, and publishing a final report.


Intermediate sentencing options and parole

In response to the 2016 Queensland Parole System Review Final Report (Sofronoff Report), we were asked by the Attorney-General to review community based sentencing orders and parole options.

Our review also looked at current sentencing and parole legislation, including the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 and the Corrective Services Act 2006 to see if there were any laws that created inconsistency or constrained sentencing options available to a court.

View the final report - August 2019


Sentencing for child homicide offences

We were asked by the Attorney-General to review sentencing of child homicide offences.

This review is now finished. The Council made eight recommendations in response to the terms of reference provided by the Attorney-General.

View the final report – October 2018


Classification of child exploitation materials for sentencing purposes

We were asked by the Attorney-General to review the classification of child exploitation materials for sentencing purposes.

This review is now finished. The Council made 16 recommendations in response to the terms of reference provided by the Attorney-General.

View the final report – July 2017


Previous Council publications

The Sentencing Advisory Council was first established in Queensland in December 2010 as an independent statutory body under the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992. It was dismantled in 2012.

View publications released by the former Council