Parole Authority

​Parole Supervision

Parole is the supervised and supported reintegration of offenders in the community prior to their total sentence expiring, while also providing a continuing measure of protection to the community.

Parole does not mean that offenders are free, as an offender is still considered to be subject to their sentence. Release to parole is not leniency or a reward for good behaviour, but an extension of the sentence that provides the opportunity to assist and monitor an offender’s adaption to a normal, lawful community life.

Parole serves the public interest by ensuring offenders are supervised and supported during reintegration, and reduces the likelihood of recidivism. It provides a more effective way of protecting the public than would a more sudden release of an offender at sentence expiry, without assistance and supervision.

As a bridge between custody and liberty in the community, parole is a form of conditional release that involves a thorough review of information and assessment of risk. Parolees must abide by the conditions of their release. If the conditions of parole are not met, parole may be revoked and the offender returned to custody.

Community Corrections are responsible for the supervision of parolees in New South Wales.

Breach of parole

A breach of parole occurs when an offender breaks any of the conditions of their parole order, whether release was determined by the court or by the State Parole Authority. 

Legislation allows Community Corrections to deal with minor breaches of parole by taking the following actions:

  • Record the breach and take no action
  • Provide an informal warning to the offender
  • Provide a formal warning to the offender and advise further breaches will be reported to the Parole Authority
  • Give a reasonable direction to the offender
  • Impose a curfew of up to 12 hours in any 24 hour period. 
The Parole Authority is notified of breaches of parole through reports prepared by Community Corrections. The report outlines the breach of parole conditions, the parolee’s response to supervision and a recommendation as to the type of action Community Corrections believe is appropriate for the Parole Authority to take.

Breaches may include failing to report within a specified time frame, failure to obey reasonable directions provided to them by Community Corrections, leaving the State without permission, or by committing further offences.

The legislation outlines the action the Parole Authority can take in response to non-compliance with the parole order.

The options available to the Authority are:

  • Take no action and note the report
  • Stand the matter over – usually to follow court results or obtain updated information from Community Corrections
  • Issue a formal warning in relation to compliance with the parole order
  • Impose additional conditions on the parole order
  • Revoke the parole order by issuing a warrant for the offender’s arrest and return to custody.
  • Impose a period of home detention for up to 30 days, pending an assessment of suitability by Community Corrections.