The purpose of parole is to promote public safety by supervising and supporting the transition of offenders from prison into the community. The aim is to minimise their risk of reoffending (in terms of frequency and seriousness) while on parole and after they finish their sentence. This risk cannot be eliminated but the Adult Parole Board works to diminish it. The safety and protection of the community is the paramount consideration guiding Board decisions.
This manual provides guidance to members of the Board in relation to all aspects of parole. It also promotes transparency and accountability in the operation of the Board, in accordance with a recommendation of the 2013 Review of the Parole System in Victoria by Ian Callinan AC.
It provides a statement of the Board’s general policies on parole as at January 2017. The Board’s policies are subject to ongoing review and the manual will be revised periodically. The policies contained in this manual are advisory only: they create no enforceable rights and do not restrict the powers and functions as set out in the Corrections Act 1986 and any other relevant legislation.
In publishing this guidance, the Board seeks to assist prisoners, their families and supporters, victims of crime and members of the community more generally to gain a clearer understanding of the principles that the Board relies upon and the approach it uses in making its decisions.
His Honour Peter Couzens
Chairperson, Adult Parole Board
Download the Parole Manual via the links below.
Parole Manual - Adult Parole of Victoria (PDF) 845KB
Parole Manual - Adult Parole of Victoria (DOC) 494KB