Standard non-parole periods

On 11 September 2013 the Attorney General asked the Sentencing Council to review some aspects of the standard non-parole period (SNPP) scheme. The Council provided the Attorney General with an interim report on 14 October 2013 and a final report in December 2013 .


The Sentencing Council provided the final report: Standard non-parole periods (PDF, 1.0 MB).

The Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Amendment (Firearms Offences) Act 2015 commenced on 21 August 2015.

Other documents

Standard non-parole periods - sexual offences against children: Interim report (PDF, 572.7 KB)


Consultation paper (PDF, 242.1 KB)

The paper raised issues around three main questions:

  • What offences should be standard non-parole period (SNPP) offences under the SNPP scheme and how should those offences be identified?
  • At what level should the SNPPs be set for those offences?
  • Who should identify/recommend changes to the SNPP offences in future?


As background to this review, we noted that the Government had implemented the recommendations of the NSW Law Reform Commission to clarify the operation of the SNPP scheme in the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Amendment (Standard Non-parole Periods) Act 2013.

Terms of reference

On 11 September 2013, the Attorney General asked the Council to review and advise on options for reforming the following aspects of the standard minimum non-parole period scheme:

  • the offences which should be included in the standard non-parole period Table
  • the standard non-parole periods for those offences, and
  • the process by which any further offences should be considered for inclusion in the Table and any further standard non-parole periods set.

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15 Feb 2024

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