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Adult Parole Board

The Adult Parole Board is an independent statutory authority that is mandated to make decisions, under a statutory framework, about the reintegration of eligible prisoners into the community in a way that protects community safety.

The Board’s functions include making decisions about whether to grant, deny, defer or cancel a prisoner’s parole. As a statutory entity, the Board has no inherent power and can only perform functions under delegated authority of legislation. Most of the functions of the Board are contained in the Corrections Act 1986.

The Board’s paramount consideration is always the safety and protection of the community, by operation of section 73A of the Corrections Act 1986 (opens in a new window). For more information, see Board decisions.

The Board was first established in 1957, and it has existed in the Victorian criminal justice system for 60 years.