The maximum penalty for the offence of “intentionally cause fire and be reckless as to its spread.”

According to the Judicial Commission of NSW, the actual penalties imposed for the offence are as follows:

  • Prison: 49%
  • Section 9 Bond: 31%
  • Suspended Sentence: 9%
  • CSO: 6%
  • ICO: 3%
  • Home Detention: 3%

The average prison sentence for the offence is 15 months imprisonment, and the average non-parole period (or minimum prison term that must be served) is 7 months in prison.