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The Serious Offenders Review Council (SORC) is an independent statutory authority, created by The Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Act 1999 to advise on the security classification, placement and case management of inmates classed as serious offenders.
The Council also advises the State Parole Authority concerning the release of Serious Offenders and provides reports about these offenders to the Supreme Court, and the Attorney General and the Minister for Corrections.
Another of the Council's functions is to review Segregation directions, made under Part 2, Division 2 of The Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Act 1999.
SORC, which meets at least twice a month, is made up of judicial members, officers of Corrective Services and representatives of the community. Its committees include:
In addition, the Council's secretariat deals daily with enquiries from correctional centres, the Minister's office, Corrective Services executive, Ombudsman, Corrections Intelligence Group, Official Visitors, Community Corrections Officers, the legal profession and also inmates and their families.
Serious offenders currently comprise around 7% of the NSW inmate population. They include those who are serving a sentence for murder and/or who are:
Serious Offenders Review Council
Post: Newington House, Private Bag 144
SILVERWATER NSW 1811
Fax: 02 9289 5047
SORC 2021 Annual Report (PDF, 4.6 MB)
SORC 2020 Annual Report (PDF, 5.0MB)
SORC 2019 Annual Report (PDF, 2.4MB)
SORC 2018 Annual Report [PDF 1Mb] (PDF, 1.1 MB)
SORC 2017 Annual Report [PDF, 1.6Mb] (PDF, 1.6 MB)
SORC 2016 Annual Report (PDF, 520.8 KB)
SORC 2015 Annual Report (PDF, 1.8 MB)
SORC 2014 Annual Report (PDF, 278.6 KB)
SORC 2013 Annual Report (PDF, 1.8 MB)
SORC 2012 Annual Report (PDF, 787.3 KB)
SORC 2011 Annual Report (PDF, 625.7 KB)
22 Jun 2023
We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the First Nations Peoples of NSW and pay our respects to Elders past, present, and future.
Informed by lessons of the past, Department of Communities and Justice is improving how we work with Aboriginal people and communities. We listen and learn from the knowledge, strength and resilience of Stolen Generations Survivors, Aboriginal Elders and Aboriginal communities.
You can access our apology to the Stolen Generations.