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 asked the Sentencing Council to review:

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

We transmitted our report to the Attorney General on 11 June 2019. The Report has not yet been publicly released.

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