State Parole Authority

​Overseas Travel

Standard condition 11 states 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:

  • Visit sick/dying relatives
  • Attendance at a funeral
  • As part of their employment
  • Holiday
  • Participation in sporting events/vocational activities
  • Marriage or honeymoon
It should be noted, that just because application is sought to travel overseas, this does not always mean permission is granted. 

Approval to travel overseas is rarely given by the Parole 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 from parolees should always be supported by the supervising Community Corrections Officer and collateral evidence provided of the essential 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 as it may result in loss of funds.