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Parole Boards

Parole Boards are independent statutory bodies appointed by the Governor in Council.

There are three Parole Boards; the Queensland Parole Board, Southern Queensland Regional Parole Board and Central and Northern Queensland Regional Parole Board.

The Queensland Parole Board considers parole matters for offenders in all centres and parole regions sentenced to a period of eight years or more. The Queensland Parole Board is also responsible for considering international travel requests and the registration of interstate parole transfers to Queensland.

The Regional Parole Boards consider matters for offenders that are sentenced to a period of imprisonment less than eight years, including Court Ordered Parole matters.

The Parole Boards are also responsible for setting parole order conditions for offenders sentenced under the Youth Justice Act 1992 and supervised in the community by Queensland Corrective Services.

The Parole Boards role is to determine whether eligible offenders are suitable for supervised released into the community.

Parole orders may include conditions relating to a number of matters, including employment, accommodation, curfews and programs to be undertaken in the community.

Eligible persons who are registered with the Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) Victims Register will be notified when an offender lodges an application for general parole and invited to make a written submission to the Parole Board within 21 days.

Eligible persons are not advised when a prisoner has made an application for exceptional circumstances parole.

The eligible person will be informed when a prisoner is granted general or exceptional circumstances parole.

Considerations before release

In considering an application for release to a parole order the Board holds community safety paramount.

The Board takes a number of factors into account, including:

  • Ministerial Guidelines;
  • the nature of the offence;
  • the offender's past offences and any patterns of offending;
  • the possibility of the offender committing further offences;
  • whether the offender has previously been granted an order and if so, whether the offender breached any conditions of that order;
  • whether the offender has successfully completed programs of rehabilitation;
  • the institutional conduct of the offender whilst incarcerated;
  • the viability of the offender's relapse prevention and release plans;
  • the risk of physical or psychological harm to a member of the community and the degree of risk;
  • behavioural reports relating to the offender; and
  • the sentencing Judge's recommendation.

Parole Boards Membership

Membership of Parole Boards is prescribed by the Corrective Services Act 2006 and must include a President and Deputy President, each of whom is either a retired Judge or a lawyer who has engaged in legal practice for at least five years.

Of the other five appointed members, at least one must be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, one must be a doctor or psychologist and at least two must be women. One member is a nominated representative of Queensland Corrective Services.

Last updated: 17 November 2016