Community service order


Commonwealth (Federal) courts have the power to impose a community service order under section 20AB of the Crimes Act (Cwlth). A community service order (CSO) can involve either unpaid work in the community at a place specified by probation and parole or attendance at a centre to undertake a course.

A court must be satisfied before imposing a CSO that:

  • An offender is a suitable person for community service work;
  • That in all the circumstances it is appropriate that an offender be required to perform community service work;
  • That there is work available for the offender so they can complete the community service work; and
  • The community service work can be provided in accordance with those arrangements.

Attendance Centre Orders

An attendance order is a direct alternative to full-time gaol, so it is a very serious measure. It will usually involve mandatory reporting requirements to either the police or a rehabilitation or supervisory facility for a set period of time.

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