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Sentencing for child homicide

Have your say on what issues the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council should explore in responding the Terms of Reference for our sentencing for child homicide offences review.

Terms of Reference: Sentencing for child homicide 

We are calling for preliminary submissions on our review of sentencing for child homicide offences.

Preliminary submission deadline: 5pm, 13 December 2017

The Council's 12-month review will focus on sentencing for offences involving the unlawful death of a child and will:

  • consider and analyse penalties imposed on sentence for offences arising from the death of a child and report on current sentencing practices
  • determine whether the penalties currently imposed for these offences adequately reflect the particular vulnerabilities of these victims
  • identify any trends or anomalies that occur in such sentencing, for example, the nature of the criminal culpability which forms the basis of a manslaughter charge which may affect any sentence imposed
  • assess whether existing sentencing considerations are adequate for the purposes of sentencing these offenders and identify if specific additional legislative guidance is required
  • examine the approach in other Australian jurisdictions
  • identify and report on any legislative or other changes required to ensure the imposition of an appropriate sentence for these offences
  • identify ways to enhance community knowledge and understanding of the penalties imposed for these offences
  • consult with the community and other key stakeholders, and
  • advise on any other matters relevant to this reference.

These preliminary submissions will be used to inform the development of our consultation paper, which will be published in 2018. You will be able to make further submissions on the review following the release of the consultation paper.

Before you respond, we encourage you to read the following documents:

How to submit

Answer the question: What issues do you think the Council should explore in responding to the Terms of Reference—penalties imposed on sentence for criminal offences arising from the death of a child?

Written submissions

The Council welcomes your views by written submission.

Complete the submission form (PDF 100KB)

Email your submission and completed submission form to:


Send your submission and completed submission form to:

Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council
GPO Box 2360
Brisbane QLD 4001

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Submit your response now. Closes 13 December 2017, 11.59pm.

Last updated
 8 November 2017

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