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Adult Parole Board

  • Email apb.enquiries@justice.vic.gov.au
  • Phone 03 9094 2111
  • Alternative contact Interpreter Service: 131 450 and ask for the Adult Parole Board
  • Fax 03 9094 2125
  • Street address 4/444 Swanston St
    Carlton VIC 3053

The Adult Parole Board of Victoria plays an important role in the Victorian criminal justice system by managing the appropriate release of offenders on parole orders to enhance the safety of the Victorian community. In all decision-making, the Board’s most important consideration is community safety.

The Youth Parole Board (External link) is a separate body and operates within the Department of Human Services. 

Role of the Adult Parole Board

The role of the Adult Parole Board is to make independent and appropriate decisions in relation to:

  • release of prisoners on supervised conditional release
  • cancellation of orders and return of offenders to prison custody
  • submission of reports to the Minister for Corrections as required by legislation

The Board may:

  • grant a prisoner release on parole
  • deny release on parole
  • defer consideration until a later date
  • cancel an offender's parole

Legislative mandate

The Board is established under the Corrections Act 1986. As an independent statutory body, its decisions are free from political or bureaucratic involvement and influence.

The Board has jurisdiction over the following offender groups:

  • offenders for whom a court has ordered a prison sentence where a non-parole period applies
  • young persons transferred to prison from a youth justice centre under part 5.6 of the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 and regulations

In addition, the Board has jurisdiction:

  • under the Serious Sex Offenders Monitoring Act 2005 to determine appropriate instructions and directions (special conditions) concerning an extended supervision order and to supervise offenders who are subject to such an order
  • to supervise and monitor those offenders subject to a detention or supervision order under the Serious Sex Offender (Detention and Supervision) Act 2009

The Detention and Supervision Order Division (DSO Division) of the Board has primary responsibility for and oversees post-sentence orders, parole and custodial matters for serious sex offenders in the Victorian adult corrections system.

Operation

Established in 1957, the Board meets regularly at its office in Carlton, where it considers parole applications, cancellations and other matters.  

Membership

The Board consists of judges, magistrates and community members. Members of the Board are appointed by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Minister for Corrections.

The Chairperson of the Board is a judge of the Supreme Court.

Annual report

The annual report complies with the requirements of the Corrections Act and is used to inform Parliament, Government, criminal justice agencies, members of the media, students and members of the community about the Board’s activities and achievements.

As well as discharging APB's statutory responsibilities, the Annual Report is an opportunity to explain the work
of the Board and to showcase our staff in their daily work environment.

Adult Parole Board fact sheets

The Adult Parole Board fact sheets provide a range of information about the activities of the Adult Parole Board.

Fifty Years of the Adult Parole System in Victoria 19572007

Fifty Years of the Adult Parole System in Victoria reflects on the Adult Parole Board's service to the community of Victoria for half a century.