Media Releases

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.

4 May 2018

New Report Examines Serious Offending by People on a Community Correction Order

Five hundred and fifty-one people were sentenced in 2016–17 for committing serious offences while serving a community correction order, a new report has found.

March 2018

13 March 2018

Should Compensation Orders Become Part of an Offender’s Sentence?

A paper released today invites Victorians to consider whether compensation to victims should become part of an offender’s sentence and how the enforcement of compensation orders could be improved.

December 2017

19 December 2017

Motor Vehicle Thefts up 170% over 5 Years, Report Finds

The number of motor vehicle thefts sentenced in Victoria’s Magistrates’ Court reached 3,500 in 2016–17, an increase of 170% over five years, a new report has found.

November 2017

10 November 2017

Community Views Sought on Sentencing in Victoria

An issues paper released today looks at how to create a new organisation that will allow the community to have more input into sentencing in Victoria.