Alternative sentencing for low-level offending 18
The Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council commenced operation in November 2016. The council has been established to:
- inform the community about sentencing in Queensland through research and publications
- engage with Queenslanders to gather their views on sentencing
- advise the Attorney-General on sentencing matters and give the Court of Appeal the Council’s views about guideline judgments, if asked.
An important topic of interest to the council is the operation of fines in Queensland. We would like to understand whether there might be better sentencing alternatives for low-level offending. In particular, some commentators have said that fines are difficult and expensive for government to administer and that they compound disadvantage for some individuals and groups. We are looking for new ideas to address these problems.