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.

The SVO scheme was introduced in 1997 to respond to concerns about community safety and serious violent crime. Among other matters, the Attorney-General has asked us to report on how the scheme is impacting sentencing practices in Queensland and to advise on any reforms to ensure sentencing outcomes reflect the seriousness of these offences.

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

Terms of Reference

Read or download the Terms of Reference which describes the scope for our review.

What is the SVO scheme?

Learn more about the SVO scheme by reading our fact sheet (PDF, 617.4 KB).