New Sentencing Snapshots Distinguish Standard Sentence Outcomes for Sex Offences

Date of Publication
11 August 2021

The Council has released Sentencing Snapshots for six sex offences sentenced in the County and Supreme Courts of Victoria:

The new Snapshots highlight sentencing trends in the five years to 30 June 2020. They present data on the type and length of sentences imposed for the principal offence (the most serious offence in a case). 

Standard Sentence Offences

This is the first set of Sentencing Snapshots to distinguish sentencing outcomes where a standard sentence applied. Five of the six offences are standard sentence offences. A standard sentence is a ‘numerical guidepost’ that courts consider when sentencing a standard sentence offence.

Sentencing Outcomes over the Five-Year Period

The average term of imprisonment for rape was 5 years and 8 months. The average term was 6 years and 10 months for the 15 charges subject to standard sentence classification and sentenced to imprisonment.

The average term of imprisonment for persistent sexual abuse of a child aged under 16 was 6 years and 8 months. The 2 charges subject to standard sentence classification received imprisonment terms of 2 years and 6 years.

The average term of imprisonment for indecent act with a child aged under 16 was 1 year and 10 months. The average term was 2 years and 6 months for the 7 charges subject to standard sentence classification and sentenced to imprisonment.

The average term of imprisonment for sexual penetration of a child aged 12 to under 16 was 3 years. The average term was 3 years and 10 months for the 14 charges subject to standard sentence classification and sentenced to imprisonment.

The average term of imprisonment for sexual penetration of a child aged under 12 was 5 years. All 6 charges subject to standard sentence classification received imprisonment, and their average term was 6 years and 6 months.

The new Sentencing Snapshots are available for download from our website.