About Sentencing

The Council has put together information on various aspects influencing the sentencing environment in Victoria.

Sentencing in Victoria is governed by legislation and common law.
The maximum penalty for an offence is defined in legislation.
Sentencers take a number of considerations into account when sentencing an offender.
The Sentencing Act includes a range of sentencing orders for adult offenders in Victoria.
In Victoria, both the defence and the prosecution can appeal against a sentence.
Parole is the conditional release of an offender from prison by a parole board.
Various options exist for sentencing young people in Victoria.
Baseline sentences were prison sentences intended as the median sentence for select offences.
Our timeline shows significant events influencing sentencing in Victoria.