NSW Sentencing Council

Review of the standard non-parole period for the bushfire offence and the maximum penalties for destroying property by fire

Amendments have been made to the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) to increase the maximum penalty for lighting bushfires from imprisonment for 14 years to imprisonment for 21 years.

In light of this, the Attorney General has asked the Sentencing Council to review:

  • the standard non-parole period (SNPP) for lighting bushfires, and
  • the maximum penalties for destroying property by fire.

Further information:

Call for submissions 

We invite submissions on the following two questions:

In light of the increase in the maximum penalty for lighting bushfires from 14 to 21 years' imprisonment:

  1. What should the SNPP for the offence be, and why?
  2. What should the maximum penalties for the offences of destroying or damaging property by fire be, and why?

The deadline for submissions is 23 February 2019.

Information about making a submission may be found on our website: Making a submission