The maximum penalty for the offence of “failure of persons with parental responsibility to care for child” is 5 years in prison.
According to the Judicial Commission of NSW, the actual penalties imposed for the offence are as follows:
- Prison: 22.2%
- Community Correction Order: 44.5%
- Intensive Correction Order: 33.3%
The average prison sentence for the offence is 1 year imprisonment, and the average non-parole period (or minimum prison term that must be served) is 6 months in prison.