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Parole

Parole is where a person is released from prison, subject to certain conditions.

This page provides information for federal offenders who will be, or currently are, on parole and those who supervise these offenders.

This information is for persons convicted of Commonwealth offences. For information for state and territory offenders, visit the state and territory corrective services websites page.

All information held by the Commonwealth Parole Office is treated in accordance with the department's privacy policy.

Parole

During a parole period an offender is allowed to serve the remainder of their prison sentence in the community, subject to conditions.

Commonwealth parole orders consist of general and specific conditions. The general conditions apply to all offenders and involve duties while under supervision. These include:

  • reporting to their parole officer
  • obtaining approval from their parole officer for their accommodation and employment
  • keeping the parole officer informed of any changes of address or job, and
  • requesting permission from the relevant authorities for any travel interstate or overseas.

Specific conditions relate to any particular issues that have been identified in respect of the parolee. Examples of specific conditions include requirements to attend financial, gambling or psychological counselling, drug addiction treatment or to undertake drug testing.

In the case of a life sentence,  the parole and supervision periods will be specified in the parole order. For all other sentences, the parole and supervision periods will generally be the remaining time after the non‑parole period is completed.

Non-citizen parolees

If a prisoner is to be removed from Australia on release from prison, the Department of Home Affairs arranges for departure as soon as possible after the expiration of the non-parole period.

If a decision on a prisoner's removal has not been made at the time of release on parole, they may be held in immigration detention, or may be required to report to the state or territory parole service and remain under supervision, until their case has been determined.

Re-entering Australia during the period of a parole order is a matter for the Department of Home Affairs to decide. If the parolee re-enters Australia, they must comply with the conditions of the Commonwealth parole order.

Breach of parole

If a Commonwealth parolee fails to comply with the conditions of release set out in the parole order, or commits a further criminal offence while on parole, their parole could be revoked and they may be required to serve a further period of imprisonment.

If a Commonwealth parolee is convicted of a further offence and is sentenced to imprisonment for more than three months, the parole will be revoked automatically. At that time the court will decide what further period of imprisonment should be served.

If a Commonwealth parolee breaks the conditions of the parole order it could be revoked. In most cases the parolee will be notified of the breach and given fourteen days in which to submit reasons as to why the parole should not be revoked. If the parole is revoked a magistrate will determine what further period of imprisonment should be served.

For more information, email the Commonwealth Parole Office at cpo@ag.gov.au.