Statement from the Chairperson of the Adult Parole Board

Due to the unprecedented situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Adult Parole Board is reviewing its operations.

It is doing this to minimise the negative effects of any changes, while also ensuring that the Board fulfils its obligations:

  • to treat the safety and protection of the community as its paramount consideration when making any decisions regarding parole
  • to maintain the health and safety of its staff and members
  • to comply with any relevant government directions regarding public health measures to minimise the spread of the virus.

The steps being taken by the Board include:

  • trialling remote working options for members, where possible
  • revising operational arrangements for staff
  • prioritising cases according to assessed risk levels and the risk mitigation options that are currently available and that are likely to be available in the future.

Prisoners who are currently on parole and who can continue to be managed safely in the community will remain on parole.

Prisoners who are in prison and who are eligible for parole will continue to be considered by the Board and may be released on parole if the Board is satisfied that they can safely be managed in the community.

The Board will continue to review its operations in consultation with Corrections Victoria as the situation continues to evolve and will provide any further updates on its website.

Yours sincerely,

His Honour Peter Couzens
Adult Parole Board Chairperson