The introduction of Probation and Parole is part of a five year, $57.5 million dollar reform of the community corrections system.
It focuses on delivering tough new supervision and surveillance of offenders, stronger links with the courts and the judiciary and a suite of major new rehabilitation programs needed to help some Queenslanders get their lives back on track.
The new Corrective Services' legislation provides parole as the only form of early release for all offenders. This ensures that all offenders are able to address offending behaviour by starting rehabilitation programs according to assessed risk and completing the programs under parole conditions.
The new Probation and Parole model comprises the following four areas:
Specialist Induction and Assessment staff conduct assessments and establish a case management plan for each offender based on their reoffending risk and individual needs.
These case management plans may include a range of activities and conditions including, program referral, individual counselling with external providers, compliance with drug testing regimes or employment preparation and assistance.
Offender (Case) Management officers focus on helping offenders develop the skills required to successfully complete the order and prevent re-offending.
High risk offenders will be individually case-managed by the most experienced Probation and Parole staff working closely with corrective services' intelligence officers, local police and community organisations and agencies.
The central focus of offender intervention services will be a network of five dedicated program services hubs in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Maroochydore, Townsville and Cairns.
The programs delivered by the services address general offending, sexual offending, substance abuse and program maintenance.
Higher risk offenders will be given the opportunity to attend the new Making Choices program. This intensive 100 hour program provides offenders with the opportunity to develop and practise more effective self management, communication and interpersonal skills. This program is also suitable for those offenders who display a propensity toward violent behaviour.
The Medium Intensity Sexual Offender Program will be available to address sexual offending in the community. Development work is continuing however, to determine how the Agency can best meet the intervention needs of sexual offenders while keeping the community safe. In addition, the Sexual Offending Maintenance Program has been developed to ensure an offender's risk to the community does not escalate and to facilitate a smooth reintegration upon release from custody.
Getting SMART is a 12-session substance abuse program, available in both custodial and community settings. It aims to assist offenders by teaching tools and techniques with a specific focus on providing support to offenders who have chosen to abstain, or are considering abstinence, from any type of addictive behaviour (substances or activities).
Specialist surveillance officers have been employed as part of the new reform package.
A new criminal intelligence network is also being established to determine which offenders should be under surveillance and at what level.
The new Probation and Parole will strengthen compliance with community service orders and give local communities the opportunity to nominate and prioritise the projects they want completed.
Fact sheets and publications
As part of the new Probation and Parole, permanent Probation and Parole offices have been established in the lower Gulf and Torres Strait to provide a higher level of supervision and case management, and improved access to rehabilitation programs.
Last updated: 19 August 2015