If a decision is made to refuse an offender's release to parole, the reasons for doing so must be recorded.
After determining that parole will be refused, the Authority determine whether the offender should automatically be granted a public review hearing, or whether the offender is required to convince the Authority, by way of a submission, that a review hearing should be granted.
When an offender is refused parole, they are provided with the documents the Authority relied upon in making their decision and a form that outlines why the Authority determined that it was not appropriate to grant parole.
If a review hearing is granted automatically, forms are sent to the offender to advise them of their appearance date and for the offender to nominate a legal representative.
If an offender needs to apply for a review hearing, a completed application from the offender is returned back to the Authority for consideration.
In the event that an offender does not seek a review hearing or a review hearing is not granted and more than 12 months remains on the sentence, an offender can apply for release to parole on their anniversary date.