Sentencing Council

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Assaults on emergency services workers

The Attorney General has asked us to review the sentencing for offences involving assaults on police officers, correctional staff, youth justice officers, emergency services workers and health workers. 

A brief background to the review, including the offences we will consider and relevant sentencing data, can be found here.

Further information:

Submissions are open

We are currently inviting submissions to this review. Submissions should respond to the terms of reference. They may also respond to the following questions:

  1. Are the sentencing patterns for offences involving assaults on police and other essential services personnel adequate? Why / why not?
  2. Are the penalties for offences involving assaults on police and other essential services personnel (including the maximum penalties and any standard non-parole periods) adequate? Why / why not?
  3. Should other categories of emergency services workers be specified in these or other offences? If so, which categories of emergency services workers and which offences?

Submissions close 30 September 2020. Information about making a submission may be found on our website: Making a submission