Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

All Justice Service Centre receptions across Victoria closed to the public on Thursday, 26 March 2020. Community Correctional Services (CCS) continues to operate and anyone subject to a community correction order, parole order or supervision order must continue to comply with the conditions of their order.

As all reception services have ceased to operate, offenders should not physically attend an office unless they have been instructed to do so by their case manager.

Consistent with physical distancing measures and where possible, supervision and program appointments will be undertaken via telephone, Skype, Zoom or other technology. If face-to-face appointments are required, physical distancing will be maintained by keeping at least 1.5 metres between people as much as possible.

Offenders should contact their case manager if they have any questions or concerns. If an offender doesn’t have contact details for their case manager, they must contact their nearest CCS location in the first instance. Contact numbers are available on the CCS location page.

Go to the Changes to CCS page for more information.

Keep up to date on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic at the Department of Health and Human Services website (External link).

Orders are issued to offenders by courts and by the Adult Parole Board (External link). The type of order and the conditions applied vary according to the offence. Most orders are sentences served in the community and require offenders to participate in unpaid community work.

Community Correction Order

A Community Correction Order (CCO) is a flexible order served in the community.

The conditions of a CCO depend on the circumstances and nature of the offence and on the needs and situation of the offender. A CCO includes basic conditions such as not reoffending and not leaving Victoria without permission as well as at least one condition based on the risk and needs of the offender and the severity of the offence. Around two-thirds of CCOs require offenders to undertake unpaid community work.

CCO conditions may include:

  • supervision
  • unpaid community work
  • treatment and rehabilitation
  • curfews
  • bans on entering specified areas or places
  • bans on entering many licensed premises and bans on drinking alcohol in other licensed premises
  • bans on contacting or associating with specific people or groups
  • residential restrictions or exclusions relating to the offender’s accommodation
  • a bond condition requiring payment of a monetary sum that is liable for forfeiture upon contravention of the CCO.

Fine Conversion Order and Fine Default Unpaid Community Work Order

These two orders relate to the payment of fines. They have only one condition – to perform unpaid community work.

Offenders issued with these orders are required to complete the unpaid community work hours as specified by the court. If issues of attendance arise, offenders are required to report to a community corrections officer.

Community Work Permit

If a person is arrested by a sheriff's officer under an infringement warrant for unpaid fines, the officer may issue a Community Work Permit (CWP). A CWP is an agreement to perform community work instead of paying the fine.

Parole Order

If a prisoner is sentenced by a court to more than 12 months in prison, they may be eligible to serve part of their sentence in the community under a Parole Order. Offenders on parole are under the supervision of Community Correctional Services and are required to report regularly to a community corrections officer. Find out more about parole.

Detention Order and Supervision Order

Detention Orders require the continued detention in prison for serious sex offenders and serious violent offenders after the completion of their original sentence. Supervision Orders provide for the post-sentence supervision of serious sex offenders and serious violent offenders. Find out more about detention and supervision orders.