Community First With New Sentencing Laws

Community First With New Sentencing Laws

South Australia Attorney-General John Rau

New Sentencing Laws Putting The Community First

Victor P Taffa

Safety of the community will be front and centre when judges sentence offenders, under new laws passed by State Parliament today.

Reforms to South Australia’s sentencing laws aim to better protect the community while giving greater flexibility to the courts in sentencing to support the rehabilitation of offenders.

“This legislation is all about public safety. The protection of the community will be the number one consideration. All other sentencing considerations will be secondary.” Attorney-General John Rau said.

“Sentencing options will help deliver better results for the community while helping support those offenders for whom rehabilitation is a very real prospect.”

Under the new laws, courts will be able to impose 2 additional types of sentence:

  • Community-based orders,
  • Intensive correction orders.


Under the laws, protecting the safety of the community will be the main consideration in sentencing.

Intensive correction orders offer a further level of protection, while better supporting the rehabilitation of those offenders for whom a sentence of imprisonment is not considered appropriate.