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Sentencing Advisory Council

The Sentencing Advisory Council

On 29 June 2010 the then Tasmanian Attorney-General Hon Lara Giddings announced the appointment of the members of the newly-formed Sentencing Advisory Council.

The appointments were chosen to represent a unique and balanced perspective on the sentencing process. The Council includes a chairperson, two community members and nominees from the legal profession, the Commissioner of Police, the Director of Public Prosecutions, the University of Tasmania and the Legal Aid Commission.

Tasmania is the third State after NSW and Victoria to establish a Sentencing Advisory Council.

The aims and functions of the Sentencing Advisory Council

  • To improve the quality and availability of information on sentencing in Tasmania
  • To undertake research on sentencing
  • To better inform the public on crime and sentencing issues
  • To gauge public opinion on sentencing matters
  • To provide policy advice to the Attorney-General
  • To provide advice to agencies, on request, in relation to penalties and sentencing matters.


Latest reports

Final report No. 6: Phasing out of Suspended Sentences March 2016 (pdf, 4.7 MB)

Exploring the Costs of Alternatives to Suspended Sentences in Tasmania (docx, 1.7 MB)

Sentencing of Adult Family Violence Offenders Final Report Oct 2015

Listing of final reports produced by the Sentencing Advisory Council.