Media Releases

December 2016

15 December 2016

Children Who Enter the Youth Justice System Early Are More Likely To Reoffend

Children who are first sentenced between the ages of 10 and 12 are more likely to reoffend than those first sentenced when they are older.

November 2016

3 November 2016

Victoria’s Prison Population Up, Fuelled by Increasing Use of Remand

Victoria’s prison population has grown by 67% over the past decade.

August 2016

22 August 2016

Family Violence Offenders Are More Likely to Reoffend than Other Offenders

People who breach family violence intervention orders are more likely to reoffend than the general criminal population, according to a new study by the Sentencing Advisory Council.

July 2016

20 July 2016

Far Less Sentenced Offending by Children than by Adults, and Declining

In 2015, only 0.6% of the Victorian population aged 10 to 17 received a sentence in the Children’s Court.

June 2016

30 June 2016

Increased Use of Community Correction Orders Has Not Reduced Numbers Sent to Prison, Report Finds

The abolition of suspended sentences has been a key driver of the increased use of community correction orders by Victorian courts.

10 June 2016

Sentencing Guidance Best Provided by the Courts

The Council has released a comprehensive report containing recommendations for sentencing guidance in Victoria. 

10 June 2016

Guidance Required for Sentencing of Sexual Penetration with a Child under 12

The Council has found inconsistencies in the approach to sentencing for offences of sexual penetration with a child under 12.

February 2016

4 February 2016

Victorian Courts Favour Prison Combined with Community Correction Orders over Parole

Victoria’s courts are increasingly adding community correction orders to prison sentences rather than setting a non-parole period.

December 2015

3 December 2015

Increased Penalties Imposed for Breach of Family Violence Orders in Victoria

Police and courts treat family violence more seriously, but fines are still a common penalty for breach offences.

September 2015

10 September 2015

Use of Community Correction Orders Increasing in Victoria

Victorian courts’ use of community correction orders (CCOs) is rising steadily.