Parole Authority

Community Members

Community members, as identified in the legislation, are to be at least 10 persons, appointed by the Governor of NSW, who reflect as closely as possible the composition of the community at large.

Section 2A of s183 of the Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Act 1999 says that at least one of the Community members must be, in the opinion of the Minister, is to have an appreciation or understanding of the interests of victims of crime.

Community members actively participate in the meetings of the State Parole Authority. Two Community members sit at any one time in both private and public meetings and the composition of the members always varies. This allows for the knowledge and experience that all Community members bring to sit on a variety of matters, which enhances deliberations and decision-making processes.