Sentencing amendment legislation
The Government is seeking your feedback on a draft Bill to amend the Sentencing Act 1997.
This Bill is part of the Government’s commitment to introduce mandatory sentences for violence against emergency and other frontline workers. The first phase of legislation introduced mandatory minimum sentences for offences that cause serious bodily harm to a police officer. This is the second phase of reform.
The Government’s commitment to mandatory sentences for offences against frontline workers follows consideration of the Sentencing Advisory Council’s Final Report No 2: Assaults on Emergency Service Workers published in 2013.
This Bill will extend mandatory sentences of imprisonment for offences that cause serious bodily harm to further categories of frontline workers, including correctional services officers, ambulance services officers, and medical or social services officers.
Please send your comments on the Bill to the Department of Justice by Friday 14 October 2016.
Department of Justice
Office of Strategic Legislation and Policy
GPO Box 825
Hobart TAS 7001