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What we do       

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.

Section 100J sets out the functions of the Council. The Council independently and impartially:

  • monitors and reports annually to the Attorney General on sentencing trends and practices
  • prepares research papers or reports on particular sentencing matters at the request of the Attorney General
  • educates the public on sentencing matters and
  • advises and consults with the Attorney General on standard non-parole periods and on guideline judgments.

The Sentencing Council also seeks information from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) of the Department of Communities and Justice and the Judicial Commission of New South Wales in matters of sentencing.

The Council meets once a month, more often if required. Observers can attend meetings in the absence of appointed members but are not able to vote at meetings.