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The '80 per cent rule': the Serious Violent Offences Scheme in the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 (Qld): final report

Mandatory sentencing Sentencing Queensland

This report presents the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council’s findings and recommendations on its review into the operation and efficacy of the serious violent offences ('SVO') scheme under Part 9A of the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 (Qld) ('PSA').

The SVO scheme requires a person declared convicted of the relevant listed offences2 to serve 80 per cent of their sentence (or 15 years, whichever is less) in prison before being eligible for release on parole. The making of a declaration is mandatory for sentences of imprisonment of 10 years or more, and discretionary for sentences of imprisonment greater than 5 years and less than 10 years. The SVO scheme, as it applies to sentences of 10 years or more, is a form of mandatory sentencing.

The Council conducted extensive research and consulted widely with legal and non-legal stakeholders, including victim and survivor support and advocacy organisations.

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The ‘80 per cent rule’: issues paper

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