Background papers | SVO scheme review

Our series of background papers provide detailed information about the SVO scheme and will help you respond to our Issues Paper, due for release later this year.

History of the serious violent offences scheme (BP1) (PDF, 932.5 KB)

This background paper looks at the introduction of the serious violent offences (SVO) scheme in 1997, and how the scheme has changed over time.

Minimum non-parole period schemes for serious violent offences in Australia and select international jurisdictions (BP2) (PDF, 1.1 MB)

This background paper considers parole provisions as they operate across Australia, Canada, England and Wales, and New Zealand. The paper focuses on mandatory and presumptive minimum non-parole period schemes that apply to serious offences.

Analysis of key Queensland Court of Appeal decisions and select sentencing remarks (BP3) (PDF, 1.7 MB)

This background paper analyses the development of Queensland case law in relation to the SVO scheme. It also presents findings of the Council’s analysis of sentencing decisions in the Supreme and District Courts and the principles and factors that commonly guide the courts in applying the scheme.

Analysis of sentencing and parole outcomes: the who, what and how long of serious violent offences (BP4) (PDF, 2.0 MB)

This background paper considers the types of offences that commonly attract an SVO declaration, mandatory and discretionary declarations made under the scheme, characteristics of offenders and sentencing and parole outcomes.