Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 – 9 December 2016
Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 – 9 December 2016
Penalties and Sentences Regulation 2015 – 9 December 2016
Quick to view summary
The value of a penalty unit under Queensland law is generally $110. A penalty unit may be increased by regulation – see section 5A of the Act and regulation 3 of the Penalties and Sentences Regulation 2015.
- Sections 5, 5A; Regulations 2, 3, Schedule 2
Sentencing guidelines for a convicted adult offender are set out in section 9 of this Act. The guidelines include the purposes for which sentences may be imposed & set out the factors that the court must have regard to when sentencing.
- Sections 4, 6, 9, 11; Regulation 4
The court may exercise a discretion to record or not record a conviction for an offender. The factors that the court must have regard to are set out in section 12 of this Act.
- Sections 4, 11, 12, 16, 22, 111, 143, 152, 161A, 161B, 161C, Schedule 1
If a complaint or an indictment for a charge for an offence states the offence is also a domestic violence offence and the offender is convicted of the offence and a court is satisfied the offence is also a domestic violence offence; the court must order: (a) for an offence for which a conviction is recorded—that the conviction also be recorded as a conviction for a domestic violence offence; or (b) otherwise—that the offence be entered in the offender’s criminal history as a domestic violence offence. For the definition of ‘domestic violence offence’, refer to section 4 of the Act.
- Sections 4, 12A
A guilty plea may reduce the sentence that is imposed by the court on an offender.
- Section 13
The court may use an audiovisual or audio link to sentence an offender if the court considers use of the link to be in the interests of justice.
- Section 15A
The Court of Appeal may give a judgment guideline on its own initiative. A judgment guideline contains guidelines to be taken into account by courts in sentencing offenders.
- Sections 4, 15AB, 15AD, 15AH, 15AL
The court may issue various sentences to offenders, including: release absolutely, good behaviour, restitution of property, compensation, non-contact, banning from licensed premises, fine, probation (with the agreement of the offender), community service (with the agreement of the offender, unless mandatory under the Act), graffiti removal, intensive correction in the community (with the agreement of the offender), suspended imprisonment, imprisonment, driver licence disqualification, damages, surrender of passport. Note: Some sentences require no conviction or a conviction to be recorded.
- Sections 15B, 16, 17, 19, 22, 23, 24, 30, 31, 32, 35, 43B, 43C, 43I, 43J, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 91, 92, 93, 96, 97, 98, 101, 102, 106, 107, 108A, 108B, 108C, 109, 110A, 110B, 110E, 110F, 111, 112, 113, 117, 118, 143, 144, 145, 152, 153, 153A, 159A, 161D, 161E, 162, 163, 166, 180A, 181A, 181B, 181C, 187, 190, 191, 195, Schedules 1A, 2; Regulation 5
On being sentenced for an offence, an offender becomes liable to pay the government a levy called the ‘offender levy’. The levy is to help pay the cost of law enforcement and administration. For the amount of the levy, see regulation 10 of the Penalties and Sentences Regulation 2015.
- Sections 179A, 179C, 179E, 179G; Regulation 10
Within 28 days of a sentence being handed down, the offender may apply in limited circumstances to the court for the re-opening of sentencing. An application may be made where the sentence imposed was incorrect at law or based on a clear factual error of substance.
- Section 188
Where property has been taken from the rightful owner, a complaint may be made to the court for restoration (after the offender has been convicted on indictment).
- Section 194
An offender is taken not to perform community service in a satisfactory way if the offender reports to perform community service under the influence of intoxicating liquor or a dangerous drug.
- Section 195A
The Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council is established and has the following functions: if asked by the Court of Appeal, to give the court the council’s views, in writing, about the giving or reviewing of a guideline judgment; if asked by the Attorney-General, to advise the Attorney-General on matters relating to sentencing; to give information to the community to enhance knowledge and understanding of matters relating to sentencing; and to publish information about sentencing (among other functions).
- Sections 198, 199
Reason for law
To provide a sufficient range of sentences for the appropriate punishment and rehabilitation of offenders. (Section 3)
Highlighted practice direction
Section 80 contains underline which appears to be incorrectly added to the Act.
There are two sections for 240 appearing in the Act.
Suggested further reading
The author expressly disclaims all liability for loss or damage arising from your use or reliance on advertising information published at any time on this website.
Reading for Fun ->
Disclaimer: The information published on this webpage has been provided free for the benefit of the public and does not act as advice to any individual or other entity. If you require advice relating to your situation, go visit your professional adviser. The author and any third party advertising on this webpage expressly disclaim all liability for loss or damage arising from your use or reliance on the information published at any time on this webpage.
PLEASE NOTE: The information published on this webpage may be out-of-date. Please compare the currency date of the Act/Regulation against that published on the Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel website. If you require access to Commonwealth statute law, please visit the ComLaw website. If you require access to the local council laws (by-laws), please visit the Local laws database.
Featured image from Flickr Commons – https://www.flickr.com/photos/internetarchivebookimages/14561778638
Untested case law [Work In Progress]
Sentencing: Domestic Violence
 Section 9(10A) of the PSA provides only that the court must treat the fact that it is a domestic violence offence as an aggravating factor. It is but one of the many circumstances the court treats as an aggravating or mitigating factor and takes into account and synthesises to determine a just sentence in all the circumstances.
 Section 9(10A) of the PSA lays down a principle to be applied by the court in sentencing an offender and informs the exercise of the sentencing discretion. I find it operates retrospectively and applies even though the offence and conviction happened before the section commenced.