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 conditionsmonitor home detainees by means of home visits and electronic monitoring technology, and report all breaches of conditionsdevelop and implement community-based work programmesassess suitability, placement and management of offenders granted community service orders and fine option ordersinterview offenders, their families, employers and educators to obtain informationsubmit reports and recommendations on whether parole should be grantedprovide advice to assist the courts in determining the suitability of offenders to be placed on community-based ordersassist offenders to obtain employmentidentify the risks and needs of offenders and refer them to appropriate programmes and/or external agenciesadvise parolees and those on community-based orders on matters such as education, employment, finance, housing and other community services that may assist in their rehabilitationconduct regular interviews with offenders and report on their progressmaintain contact with families to help solve problems of readjustment and rehabilitationassist in preparing briefs for prosecuting offenders who fail to comply with community-based orders or breach parole conditionsmaintain and develop offender records and administrative procedurestake part in staff development and training programmes, and provide training to new staffparticipate on various committees to assist in policy, practice and community development.
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.
- 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.