Breaching parole

Any breach of parole conditions is taken very seriously by the Parole Board.

If a parolee breaches the conditions of parole, their probation and parole officers will present a report to the Parole Board, called a revocation report. 

The police can also arrest a parolee they believe is in breach of their parole order conditions.

The board may do any of the following:

  • issue a warning letter to the parolee
  • place new conditions on the parolee
  • revoke (cancel) the parole.

If parole is cancelled

If parole is revoked, the parolee will be arrested and brought before the Local Court. The court must then order the parolee to serve the rest of their sentence back in prison.

Time spent on parole is not recognised as time served if parole is revoked. The prisoner must serve the remainder of their sentence from when parole was initially granted, although they are eligible to be re-released on parole.

Applying for parole again after cancellation

If the prisoner has reoffended, they will have to serve their new sentence or any non-parole period from their new sentence before they can apply for parole again.

If the prisoner has breached a condition of their parole, they may apply for parole again at any time but will need to show the Parole Board how they will obey the conditions of the parole order.

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Last updated: 28 November 2017