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Review of serious road crime

The Attorney General has asked us to review aspects of the law relating to serious road crime.

Under the terms of referencewe have been asked to consider: 

  • whether the existing serious road crime offences, and the law on accessorial liability, are fit for purpose
  • whether the maximum sentences for serious road crimes are appropriate 
  • the sentencing principles relevant to serious road crimes 
  • the experience and rights of victims of serious road crimes and their families in the criminal justice system, and 
  • any other matters considered relevant. 
Please see our background note for a summary of existing serious road crime offences that could be relevant to our review and their maximum sentences. 

Preliminary submissions 

The due date for preliminary submissions was 17 February 2023. Thank you to everyone who made a submission. 

Content warning

This review deals with content that some people may find distressing, including discussion of road trauma.

If you need support, there are some services you can contact free of charge. These include:

Beyond Blue 

Call support services on 1300 22 4636

Beyond Blue is an independent, not-for-profit organisation working to reduce the impact of anxiety, depression and suicide in Australia. Learn more about mental illness and available treatments at


Call the 24-hour crisis line on 13 11 14

Talk to a support person online at: Lifeline Crisis Chat

Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing emotional distress with access to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. Learn more at Lifeline's Website.

Road Trauma Support Group NSW – support service

Call support services on 1800 808 384

The Road Trauma Support Group's support team assists victims and survivors in a variety of ways, including by providing access to specialist counsellors. For more information, visit the Road Trauma Support Group's support services webpage

Information on the review

Background note on serious road crime offences (released 28 November 2022)

Terms of reference (received 10 November 2022)