Review of sentencing laws

Reference received: Originally received 20 October 1994 but following a change of Government, a new expanded Reference was received on 12 April 1995.


Report 79: Sentencing (PDF, 1.3 MB) [PDF, 1Mb], December 1996

Report 96: Sentencing: Aboriginal offenders (PDF, 940.7 KB) [PDF, 942Kb], October 2000

  • Tabled in parliament: 5 June 2009 

Report 104: Young offenders (PDF, 1.3 MB) [PDF, 1Mb], December 2005

Report 102: Sentencing: Corporate offenders (PDF, 7.5 MB) [PDF 1Mb], June 2003

  • Tabled in parliament: 5 June 2009
  • Judical citation: ​Stuart v Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union [2010] FCAFC 65 [55]

Discussion paper

Discussion Paper 33: Sentencing (PDF, 1.4 MB), April 1996​

  • Judicial citation: Bollen v The Queen (1998) 99 ACrimR 510; R v Jurisic (1998) 45 NSWLR 209; R v Thorley [1999] TASSC 73, [26]; R v Merritt [1999] NSWCCA 29; R v Collier [1999] NSWCCA 137, [10]-[11]; Dinsdale v The Queen (2000) 202 CLR 321, [75]; R v Gamgee (2001) 51 NSWLR 707, [7], [14]; R v Parsons [2002] NSWCCA 296, [85]; R v Ruth (Newfoundland Provincial Court, 16 January 2002, Gorman PCJ, unreported); R v Eagleton [2003] NSWCCA 40, [24]; R v Merritt(2004) 59 NSWLR 557 (NSWCCA) [49]; R v SP (2004) 149 ACrimR 48 [42]; R v Graham (2004) 62 NSWLR 252 (CCA), [18]; Strong v The Queen (2005) 216 ALR 219 (HC), [62]; Ledson v Taylor [2010]ACTSC 42 [59]​ ​

Issues papers

Issues Paper 19: Sentencing - Young offenders (PDF, 1.2 MB), July 2001​ 
NSW Law Reform Commission Media Release - Sentencing Young offenders (13 September 2001)

Issues Paper 20: Sentencing - Corporate offenders, November 2001

Terms of reference

To inquire into and report on the laws relating to sentencing in New South Wales with particular reference to:

(i) the formulation of principles and guidelines for sentencing;

(ii) the rationalisation and consolidation of current sentencing provisions;

(iii) the adequacy and use of existing non-custodial sentencing options with particular reference to home detention and periodic detention;

(iv) the adequacy of existing procedures for the release of prisoners by the Offenders Review Board and the Serious Offenders Review Council and the benefits that might accrue from the review of the decisions of the Offenders Review Board and the Serious Offenders Review Council by judicial officers; and

(v) any related matter.

In undertaking this reference, the Commission should have regard to the proposals in relation to sentencing contained in the Australia Labor Party policy documents formulated in Opposition.

Note: See also Reference 112 - Role of juries in sentencing;Reference 118 - Sentencing people with cognitive or mental health impairments ​ 

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