State Parole Authority

​Serious Offenders

Serious offenders, like all other offenders, are managed in custody by Corrective Services NSW. However, before making decisions regarding issues of placement in custody, security classification or case management for serious offender, the Commissioner of Corrective Services NSW must consider advice and recommendations from the Serious Offenders Review Council.

The Serious Offenders Review Council (SORC) - like the Parole Authority - is an independent statutory authority, created by The Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Act 1999 to advise on the security classification, placement and case management of inmates classed as serious offenders.

The Council also advises the State Parole Authority concerning the release of Serious Offenders and can also provide reports about these offenders to the Supreme Court, the Attorney General and the Minister for Corrections.

Section 3 of the Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Act 1999 (the Act) defines a serious offender. Approximately 7% of the NSW inmate population are serious offenders, and can broadly be described as those who are:

(a)  serving a sentence for life, 
(b)  serving a sentence with a non-parole period of 12 years or a series of sentences of imprisonment where the combined terms of all of the sentences in the series means they would spent at least 12 years in custody, 
(c) serving a sentence for murder, or 
(d) is required to be managed as a serious offender in accordance with a decision of the sentencing court, the Parole Authority or the Commissioner.