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.


Serious violent offences scheme review

We are reviewing the serious violent offences (SVO) scheme in the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 in response to Terms of Reference issued to us in early April 2021, by the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, the Honourable Shannon Fentiman MP.

We are to report on our findings and recommendations by 11 April 2022.


Penalties for assaults on public officers

We were asked by the Attorney-General to review penalties for assaults on police and other frontline emergency service workers, corrective service officers and other public officers.

The Council made 13 recommendations in response to the Terms of Reference.

The final report was released in October 2020.


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.

The final report was released in August 2019.


Sentencing for child homicide offences

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

The Council made eight recommendations in response to the Terms of Reference.

The final report was released in 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.

The Council made 16 recommendations in response to the Terms of Reference provided by the Attorney-General.

The final report was released in 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.