The Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council is reviewing penalties for assaults on police and other frontline emergency service workers, corrective services officers and other public officers in response to Terms of Reference issued to the Council by the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, the Honourable Yvette D’Ath MP, in early December 2019.

The Council is due to report back to the Attorney-General by 31 August 2020.

Issues Paper

The Council has published an Issues Paper that explores the themes raised in preliminary submissions and is supported by the Council’s analysis of sentencing trends and reforms introduced in other Australian and overseas jurisdictions.

A high-level summary of the Issues Paper is provided and includes questions of particular interest to the Council. These questions can also be found in the full report.

A separate literature review commissioned by the Council and prepared by the Griffith Criminology Institute, has informed the Council’s work and is available for review.


Submissions are being called as part of the Council’s review of penalties for assaults on public officers.

Submissions close on Thursday 25 June 2020, 5.00pm.

For advice on how to prepare submissions and to download the issues paper, go to the Council’s website at