NSW Sentencing Council

​The NSW Sentencing Council advises the NSW Attorney General on sentencing matters and prepares research papers and reports at the request of the NSW Attorney General.

Members of the Council include people involved in the process of justice ranging from victims of crime to legal professionals. Representatives of the general community, including those with experience in working with victims, are also members.

The Council is dedicated to strengthening public understanding and confidence in the sentencing process. To improve the public’s confidence in the sentencing process, the Council provides information on sentencing and a plain language guide to sentencing in NSW [PDF, 470KB].



NSW Sentencing Council Vacancies​​

The NSW Attorney General is calling for applications for appointment as members of the NSW Sentencing Council for terms of up to three years.

Applications close on Monday 3 October 2016 at 11.59 pm. Applications must be lodged online through I Work for NSW.

The full call for applications can be accessed here​.

D​omestic violence sentencing

The Council has transmitted a report to the Attorney General that analyses sentencing in domestic violence offences. 

Visit the project page​ for more information. 

Child sexual assault sentencing

The Council has released a report to the Attorney General on sentencing for child sexual assault offences. 

Sentencing for child sexual assault​ (PDF, 562KB)

Visit the project page for more information.​

Bail - show cause categories

The Council has released a report on proposed additions to the categories of offences for which an accused must ‘show cause’ before bail can be granted.

Bail - Additional show cause offences (PDF, 342KB)

Visit the project page for more information.

​Sentencing Information Package

Sentencing Information Package 2016Working with Victims Services and Justice Policy, the Sentencing Council has recently updated the Sentencing Information Package, a plain language booklet designed to help victims of crime understand the sentencing process.

Intensive correction orders

The Council has transmitted a report to the Attorney General that analyses the operation of intensive correction orders.

Visit the project page​ for more information.