Opportunity to join the Adult Parole Board as a full-time member

If you are interested in the work of the Adult Parole Board (the Board) and wish to become a full-time member, now is the time to apply. Applications close on 5 December 2021.

What is the role of the Board?

The Board is an independent decision-making authority.

When a court sentences a prisoner and sets a non-parole period, the prisoner must serve the non-parole period in prison. The Board has no role in setting the sentence. The Board’s role is to decide if, when and under what conditions a prisoner is released on parole in accordance with the court’s sentence, with its paramount consideration always the safety and protection of the community. For more information, see jurisdiction of the Board.

The Board sits most days, and panels normally comprise a presiding divisional chairperson, community member and full-time member.

What is the role of a full-time member?

  • Full-time members are appointed by Governor in Council for a fixed term (normally five years) and are eligible for re-appointment.
  • Full-time members work full time (full-time members are not sessional like most divisional chairpersons and community members).
  • Full-time members normally sit several times a week as well as take part in other work of the Board. For more information, visit boards.vic.gov.au (link opens in a new window).
  • The role is based at the Board’s office (50 Franklin Street Melbourne). There may be the possibility of some flexibility to work remotely.
  • Full-time members are members of the Board’s Executive Committee with the Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and Chief Administrative Officer.
  • All members, including full-time members, are provided with a laptop and access to PRISM, the Board’s electronic case workflow system, so they can pre-read their cases and prepare for their hearings.
  • All members, including full-time members, are provided with comprehensive training during their inductions and access to the Board’s ongoing professional development program which includes seminars with eminent speakers and visits to prisons across Victoria. 

Who are the current full-time members?

His Honour Peter Couzens and Colleen Bell
Colleen Bell and His Honour Peter Couzens

The current full-time members are:

  • Nafsika Sahinidis, who was appointed from 30 January 2017
  • Colleen Bell, who was appointed from 19 December 2017
  • Michael Hoyle, who was appointed from 24 November 2020.

Ms Sahinidis, Ms Bell and Mr Hoyle are senior lawyers. When each was appointed, they provided a reflection of their experience and reasons why they joined the Board that were published to that year’s annual report.

See the full list of current Board members including sessional members.

Where can I obtain more information and how do I apply?

Applications close at midnight on 5 December 2021.

More information about parole and the Board is available on this website.

For more information about the full-time member role and to apply, visit boards.vic.gov.au (link opens in a new window).

His Honour Peter Couzens and Nafsika Sahinidis
Nafsika Sahinidis and His Honour Peter Couzens