Standard Minimum Non-parole Periods

This project is now complete.  The Council has provided the Attorney General with an interim report and a final report.  These will be released once approved by the Attorney General.

Consultation paper

The Council released a consultation paper to seek the views of stakeholders. The deadline for submissions is 25 October 2013.

The paper raises issues around three main questions:

  • What offences should be standard non-parole period (SNPP) offences under the SNPP scheme and how those offences should be identified?
  • The level at which the SNPPs should be set for those offences?
  • Who should identify/recommend changes to the SNPP offences in future?

In light of the Attorney General's request, the Council is calling for urgent submissions on SNPPs for child sexual assault offences by 11 October 2013.

To tell us your views you can send your submission by:

It would assist us if you could provide an electronic version of your submission. If you have questions about the process please email or call (02) 8061 9270.

SNPP Submissions received.

Recent amendments to the SNPP provisions

As background to this review, we note that the Government is implementing the recommendations of the NSW Law Reform Commission to clarify to operation of the scheme in the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Amendment (Standard Non-parole Periods) Bill 2013.

Terms of reference

On 11 September 2013, the Attorney General asked the Council to review and advise on options for reforming the following aspects of the standard minimum non-parole period scheme:

  • the offences which should be included in the standard non-parole period Table,
  • the standard non-parole periods for those offences, and
  • the process by which any further offences should be considered for inclusion in the Table and any further standard non-parole periods set.

We are to report to him by 20 December 2013.

In light of the current Parliamentary Select Committee inquiry into child sexual assault offences, the Attorney General asked the Council to prioritise reviewing standard non-parole periods for child sexual assault offences and provide an expedited report by 31 October 2013.