How to become a 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.

Personal requirements of a Probation and Parole Officer

  • Able to work in a team environment
  • Mature, patient, tolerant and discrete
  • Able to assess people and situations
  • Interest in people and their welfare
  • Assertiveness
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Australian citizenship or permanent residency

Education & Training for a Probation and Parole Officer

You can work as a probation and parole officer without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications and you may like to consider a VET course. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a probation and parole officer by studying behavioural science, social work, social science, criminology, justice studies or psychology at university. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English and mathematics are normally required. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit

Additional Information
You must obtain a National Police Check to become a probation and parole officer. You may also need to pass an integrity check and hold a valid drivers licence.
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