Completed Research by Topic

For a full list of the Council's publication topics, see our Publications by Topic page.

Adult Parole
The Attorney-General sought the Council's advice on parole cancellation and confiscation orders and on Victoria’s adult parole system. The Council has released public submissions for the adult parole system reference.

Baseline Sentences
The Attorney-General asked the Council to give its advice on the introduction of baseline sentences in Victoria. The public submissions for the baseline project are also available.

Children and Young Offenders
The Council has undertaken research into sentencing practices for children and young people in Victoria. Our research has also focused on the reoffending patterns of children and young people sentenced in the Children's Court.

Community Correction Order Contravention
The Council has researched breaches of community correction orders.

Community Correction Order Monitoring
The Council has conducted research into how Victorian courts use the community correction order.

Deterrence
The Council has reviewed the effectiveness of deterrence as a sentencing purpose.

Driving Offences
The Council has researched the maximum penalty for certain repeat driving offences, the maximum penalty for negligently causing serious injury in relation to driving matters, sentencing options for offenders found guilty of driving while disqualified, and current sentencing practices for major driving offences.

Family Violence Contravention Offences
The Council has researched sentencing practices for family violence contravention offences.

Family Violence Offences and Reoffending
The family violence reoffending project looked at prior and subsequent offending among family violence offenders.

Female Offenders
The female offenders project presents Victorian data on men and women at each stage of the system: police, courts and prisons.

Fines
The Council has reviewed aspects of the use of fines as a sentencing option in Victoria. The public submissions for the fines project are also available.

Gross Violence Offences
The Attorney-General requested the Council to provide its advice on sentencing for serious injury offences involving gross violence.

Guilty Pleas and Section 6AAA of the Sentencing Act 1991 (Vic)
The Council has examined guilty pleas and the application of section 6AAA of the Sentencing Act 1991 (Vic) in the higher courts.

Homicide Sentencing
The Homicide Sentencing  project examined the feasibility of establishing a comprehensive database on homicide incidents and sentencing in Victoria.

Indigenous Offenders
An important part of the Council’s work is the publication of data on trends in the sentencing of Indigenous offenders.

Major Drug Offences
The Council has examined current sentencing practices for major drug offences.

Offences Motivated by Hatred or Prejudice
In 2009, the Attorney-General asked the Council to provide advice on sentencing for offences motivated by hatred or prejudice.

Parole and Sentencing
The Council has examined the imposition of non-parole periods in Victoria.

Preparatory Offences
The Council has provided advice on the appropriate maximum penalties for the five preparatory offences in Victoria.

Prison Population in Victoria
The Council has examined trends in Victoria’s adult prison population.

Provocation
The Council has examined how provocation has featured in sentencing decisions for non-fatal offences in Victoria.

Public Opinion and Sentencing
This project reviewed the existing research literature on public opinion and sentencing to inform the Council's consultation strategy and to ensure best practice in its approach to gauging public opinion.

Sentence Appeals
The Council has conducted research into appeals against sentences imposed in the Supreme and County Courts.

Sentence Indication and Sentence Discounts
The Council has provided advice on the merits of a sentence indication scheme in Victoria.

Sentencing Guidance
The Council has fulfilled a request to provide advice on sentencing guidance in Victoria.

Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision)
The high-risk offenders project examined the continued detention of offenders who have reached the end of their custodial sentence but who are considered to pose a continued and serious danger to the community.

Sexual Offences Against Children
The Attorney-General sought the Council's advice on maximum penalties that apply to the different circumstances of the offence of sexual penetration of a child under the age of 16.

Sexual Penetration with a Child Under 12
The Council has examined the offence of sexual penetration with a child under 12.

Suspended Sentences
The Council has examined the use of suspended sentences and whether their operation can be improved in any way.