The Council advises the NSW Attorney General on sentencing matters. It was established in 2003, the first in Australia, by Part 8B of the
Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999.As set out in Section 100J of the
Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999, the Council independently and impartially:
The Sentencing Council also seeks information from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) of the Attorney General's Department and the Judicial Commission of New South Wales in matters of sentencing.The Council meets once a month, more often if required. Members maintain contact outside meetings for consultations. Observers can attend meetings in the absence of appointed members but are not able to vote at meetings.