The Statutes Amendment (Home Detention) Act 2016 has been passed by Parliament.
The changes provide greater flexibility in the use of home detention, presenting an alternative sentencing option for low-risk and non-violent offenders. It allows courts to order that a period of imprisonment be served on home detention in place of a prison sentence.
- a court will have the ability to order that a period of imprisonment be served on home detention in place of a custodial sentence
- a home detention order will be a valid sentencing option where a court has determined that a sentence of imprisonment must be imposed and there does not exist good reason to suspend that sentence, but the offender is considered to be a suitable candidate to serve the period of imprisonment on home detention
- the paramount consideration of a court in determining whether to make such an order must be the safety of the community
- a home detention order is intended to be a sentencing option for an offender who has been individually assessed as posing a low risk of causing harm to the community or of reoffending.
- View the Statutes Amendment (Home Detention) Act 2016
- Bill: Statutes Amendment (Home Detention) Bill 2016 (PDF 66KB)
- Fact sheet on the Bill (PDF 83.2KB)
- Media Release: (PDF 71.6KB)
- Discussion paper: Better Sentencing Options: Creating the Best Outcomes for Our Community (PDF 518KB)
- Fact sheet: Rehabilitation and Reintegration Supplementary Fact Sheet (PDF 968KB)