Media Releases

October 2019

7 October 2019

Wodonga, Wangaratta and Shepparton Residents Invited to be the Judge

The Sentencing Advisory Council will deliver free public You be the Judge sessions in Northeast Victoria in late October 2019.

June 2019

27 June 2019

Children Involved in Victoria’s Child Protection System Are Substantially Over-Represented in the Youth Justice System, Report Finds

The Sentencing Advisory Council today released a report showing that nearly 40% of children sentenced or diverted in the Children’s Court of Victoria in 2016 and 2017 had been the subject of at least one report to the Victorian child protection service. Nine out of 10 reported children were subject to multiple reports, and more than three-quarters of reported children had at least one report investigated.

May 2019

15 May 2019

Growing Number of Firearms Offences Being Sentenced in Victorian Courts: New Study

A report released today by the Sentencing Advisory Council reveals that larger numbers of firearms offences are being sentenced in Victorian courts, and the courts’ are increasingly using imprisonment in sentencing these offences.

8 May 2019

Australia’s Leading Sentencing Expert Invites You to ‘Be the Judge’

Australia’s foremost expert on sentencing law, Emeritus Professor Arie Freiberg AM, will deliver a free public presentation on sentencing on Saturday 18 May 2019 as part of Law Week.

February 2019

19 February 2019

First Ever Review of Sentencing for Animal Cruelty Offences in Victoria Released

The Sentencing Advisory Council has today released a comprehensive review of sentencing for animal cruelty offences in Victoria.

January 2019

24 January 2019

Only 1.6% of People Serving a Community Correction Order Were Sentenced in 2017–18 for Committing a Serious Offence

In 2017–18, 632 people were sentenced for committing 912 serious offences while serving a CCO, new findings show.

October 2018

25 October 2018

Improving Compensation Outcomes for Victims of Crime in Victoria

A report released today recommends improvements to the system for enforcing restitution and compensation orders against offenders.

August 2018

14 August 2018

Only 3% of Sentences from Victoria’s Higher Courts Change on Appeal

97% of sentences imposed in Victoria’s County and Supreme Courts are either not challenged or not changed on appeal, with less than 1% of sentences increased on appeal and just over 2% decreased on appeal, a new report from the Sentencing Advisory Council has found.

June 2018

14 June 2018

2,000% Increase in Ice Offences Sentenced over the Past 10 Years, New Study Finds

The drug ice (methylamphetamine) was the key driver behind a 91% increase in the annual number of charges of possessing and using illicit drugs sentenced in Victoria’s Magistrates’ Court, a new report has found.

May 2018

25 May 2018

Council Recommends Victorian Community Involvement in Creating Sentencing Guidelines

A proposed community-based sentencing council could help restore public confidence in sentencing by making it ‘more consistent, transparent and reflective of community standards’, according to a report released today.