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.


If you suspect that you may be under investigation, or if you have been charged with an offence, it is vital to get competent legal advice as early as possible. Our lawyers are highly specialised in corporate crime and will be able to guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.


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