How We Do It

An overview

The State Parole Authority (SPA) only considers inmates for release to parole where their total sentence is three years, one day or more and where a non-parole period has been set.


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Release to parole by SPA is not an automatic right at the end of the non-parole period.

Section 135 of the Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Act 1999 states that the “Parole Authority must not make a parole order directing the release of an offender unless it is satisfied that it is in the interests of the safety of the community”. The legislation details what must be considered by the Authority when determining whether the release of an offender is in the interests of the safety of the community. 

Initially, SPA considers at a private meeting whether or not an offender should be released on parole based on the written material provided by the relevant authorities. 

If parole is granted, a parole order is issued and the offender is released on the date determined by the Authority. 

In the case of serious offenders, the matter is adjourned to a public hearing to provide the opportunity for registered victims and the State to make submissions before a final decision is made.

If parole is refused, the offender is able to apply for a public hearing to review the decision where they can appear by audio/video link and be legally represented. 

If the offender declines a hearing, or does not convince the SPA that a hearing is warranted, the decision to refuse parole is confirmed.

SPA also considers at a private meeting whether or not an offender should be returned to custody once they are on parole, based again on written material provided by the relevant authorities. 

More information about breaches of parole can be found on the Parole Supervision tab.