The Sentencing Advisory Council produces a range of resources for teachers to use for secondary and tertiary study in Victoria.
A Quick Guide to Sentencing
Now in its fifth edition, A Quick Guide to Sentencing explains the where, when, what and how of sentencing in Victoria, providing teachers and students with a plain-language overview of Victorian sentencing law.
Our brochures on sentencing explain how courts deal with adult and child offenders. We've also prepared a plain-language version of our brochure on child offenders especially for young people.
The Sentencing Advisory Council has prepared two teachers' kits based on case studies of real sentences. The kits provide the material teachers need to deliver engaging classes where students identify, consider, discuss and apply the principles of sentencing. Students can then compare their sentences to the sentence that the real-life judge imposed.
Each kit includes a teacher guide and slide shows with notes and suggested student activities.
The Years 11 and 12 case studies include the offences of burglary, culpable driving causing death and cultivation of a commercial quantity of a narcotic plant. The Years 9 and 10 case studies look at the offences of burglary and trafficking in a drug of dependence. Both kits were updated in January 2019 to reflect changes to Victorian sentencing law, including the standard sentencing scheme and Category 1 and 2 offences.
You can download both teachers' kits from our website: