Recent Changes to Federal Sentencing for Commonwealth Child Sex Offences

Wednesday 4 August 2021

This session will focus on sentencing and address topics, including:

  • New mandatory minimum head sentences
  • Limited exclusions and discounts and when they may apply to a mandatory minimum period
  • Approach the sentencing exercise where a mandatory minimum period applies – R v Bahar
  • Presumption regarding cumulation and questions of totality
  • Presumption regarding actual imprisonment save for ‘exceptional circumstances’
  • Mandatory factors for consideration
  • Changes to s 16A of the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth) (with a particular focus upon s16A(2AAA)). 


  • Mark de Crespigny, Deputy Director, Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions
  • Krista Breckweg, Federal Advocate, Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions


  • Sophie Callan SC, 12th Floor Wentworth Selborne

This seminar has been organised by the NSW Bar Association’s Criminal Law Committee.


CPD Points 1
Date & Times Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 5:15pm - 6:15pm
CPD Strand Substantive Law, Practice and Procedure, and Evidence
Committee criminal_law_committee

Online via Zoom Webinar

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