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].


Alcohol and drug fuelled violence

The Council has released a report on a number of proposals to amend the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 to deter alcohol and drug fuelled violence.

Alcohol and Drug Fuelled Violence (PDF, 371KB)

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D​omestic violence sentencing

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

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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)

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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)

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​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 Sentencing Council is seeking preliminary submissions on the review of legislation governing intensive correction orders.​

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