In 2003, the Government introduced the Dangerous Prisoner (Sexual offenders) Act 2003 (the Act) to protect the community from serious sexual offenders.
In November 2006, an amendment to the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders Act) 2003 (DPSOA) was passed by Parliament allowing the courts to impose electronic monitoring (EM) on offenders as one of the many strict conditions issued as part of DPSOA supervision orders. The legislation is the most stringent of its kind in Australia.
In August 2007, electronic monitoring became a standard feature of all new orders allowing QCS officers to impose curfews and electronic monitoring as required. The electronic monitoring system utilised Radio Frequency (RF) technology to ensure offenders remained at home during curfew hours.
In June 2011, Premier and Minister for Reconstruction Anna Bligh and Minister for Police, Corrective Services and Emergency Services Neil Roberts released a joint statement announcing that GPS technology would be introduced to electronically monitor the movement of offenders on interim and continuing supervision orders under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003.
The total cost to implement the system is $13.7 million over four years with the first offender to be fitted with the GPS monitoring device by the end of 2011.
The replacement of RF technology with GPS based technology (with RF capability) will enhance Probation and Parole's ability to electronically monitor offenders and provide information to better inform the case management process.
Electronic monitoring (EM) is not used as a standalone measure to supervise sexual offenders and it does not prevent reoffending, rather it compliments the already extensive supervision in place for managing dangerous sexual offenders residing in the community.