Making a submission | SVO scheme review

The issues and questions presented address key areas for investigation under the Terms of Reference sent to the Council by the Attorney-General.

You are invited to respond to some or all of the questions and to provide your views on options presented.

To assist in analysing responses, please identify the relevant question/s in your submission.

Try to keep your responses succinct and focused on the question/s or issue you are responding to.

If you wish to provide attachments, please indicate which question/s your attachment refers to and, if you have more than one attachment, please number these and note the number within the response to the question they apply.

Submission deadline extended to Thursday 13 January 2022 at 5.00 pm.

How to make a submission


To submit via email, please include ‘serious violent offences scheme review submission’ in the subject line of your email.

Please email your submission to


To make a postal submission, please include the following information on your correspondence ‘serious violent offences scheme review submission’.

Post your submission to:

Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council
GPO Box 2360
Brisbane Qld 4001

How your submission will be used

All submissions to this Issues Paper, as well as additional consultation conducted with key stakeholders, will inform the Council’s response to the Terms of Reference.

This Issues Paper reflects the Council’s commitment to listening to interested stakeholders and community members.

How can we treat your submission?

When you make a submission, tell us how you want us to treat it. We treat all submissions as public unless you clearly state it is confidential.


We may refer to or quote directly from public submissions and name the source. We may also publish public submissions on this website.

Name withheld

If you wish to make a submission and are happy for the Council to publish it and to refer to it in in the Council’s final report, but do not want your name made public, we will note that your name has been withheld. The submission will appear on our website and in our report as: Submission no x (name withheld).


You can ask us to keep your submission confidential if it includes sensitive information.

We treat confidential submissions as only for the Council’s information. We will not refer to, quote directly from, or publish them.

Access to a confidential submission by someone outside the Council can only be considered in response to a formal right to information request.

Such a request will be determined in accordance with the  Right to Information Act 2009 and the Information Privacy Act 2009. Learn more about right to information and information privacy.

Anonymous submissions

We accept anonymous submissions but they are less likely to be referred to in our reports for transparency reasons.

Late or out of scope submissions

The closing date for submissions is advertised in the Issues Paper and on our website. We set this deadline so that we have enough time to properly consider the issues and write the report.

We may not be able to consider a late submission in as much depth as other submissions.

Submissions must be relevant. We only review the matters that are detailed in the Terms of Reference. We recommend using the inquiry’s Issues Paper to help guide your submission.

If you would like to make comments that are not related to this review, you can contact us.

Personal information

We will only collect personal information for the purpose of the review the submission relates to. We will not use personal information in publications.

Read our Privacy Policy to learn more about how we use information provided to us.

Reporting of disclosed sexual offences against children

Information provided to any adult about suspected sexual offences committed against a child under 16 years, or a child under 18 years with an impairment of the mind, must be disclosed to police, unless there is a reasonable excuse not to (for example, if the information has already been disclosed to police).

The obligation to report child sexual abuse includes any disclosures about such abuse made in a submission. For more information, see