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.
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
good interpersonal skills
good communication skills
Australian citizenship or permanent residency.