SPA condition 8 and court based supervision condition (f) state that an offender must receive permission from the Parole Authority prior to travelling overseas.
Offenders request permission to travel overseas for a number of reasons/purposes, including:
Approval to travel overseas is rarely given by the Authority until confidence can be held that the parolee is stable and has adapted to lawful community living as demonstrated by regular contact with the Community Corrections, compliance with the conditions of the parole order and stable accommodation and/or employment.
It is unlikely that such stability could be satisfactorily demonstrated in less than six months from the date of release.
Applications for travel for parolees should always be supported by the supervising Community Corrections Officer and collateral evidence provided of the need to travel overseas. Consequently, parolees should always provide details of the proposed itinerary, including departure and return dates.
It would be considered foolish for a parolee to purchase any tickets or book any accommodation for overseas travel prior to obtaining approval from the Authority.