Probation and Parole Officer

Probation and parole officers supervise offenders who have been placed on community-based orders by the courts, as well as offenders released on parole from prison.

Duties & Tasks

Probation and parole officers may perform the following tasks:

  • manage and supervise offenders who have received community-based supervision orders (community service, home detention, probation or parole, for example) and ensure that they comply with the relevant order conditions
  • monitor home detainees by means of home visits and electronic monitoring technology, and report all breaches of conditions
  • develop and implement community-based work programmes
  • assess suitability, placement and management of offenders granted community service orders and fine option orders
  • interview offenders, their families, employers and educators to obtain information
  • submit reports and recommendations on whether parole should be granted
  • provide advice to assist the courts in determining the suitability of offenders to be placed on community-based orders
  • assist offenders to obtain employment
  • identify the risks and needs of offenders and refer them to appropriate programmes and/or external agencies
  • advise parolees and those on community-based orders on matters such as education, employment, finance, housing and other community services that may assist in their rehabilitation
  • conduct regular interviews with offenders and report on their progress
  • maintain contact with families to help solve problems of readjustment and rehabilitation
  • assist in preparing briefs for prosecuting offenders who fail to comply with community-based orders or breach parole conditions
  • maintain and develop offender records and administrative procedures
  • take part in staff development and training programmes, and provide training to new staff
  • participate on various committees to assist in policy, practice and community development.

Working conditions

Probation and parole officers may work in an office or in non-institutionalised community corrections centres. A proportion of their time is spent in court and visiting prisons to interview and assess offenders and prisoners.

Personal requirements

  • able to work in a team environment
  • mature, patient, tolerant and discrete
  • able to assess people and situations
  • genuine interest in people and their welfare
  • assertiveness
  • good interpersonal skills
  • good communication skills
  • Australian citizenship or permanent residency.
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