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When an offender is released from prison they are required to comply with the conditions of release imposed by the Board.  Management of the offender’s parole and release on conditions  is the responsibility of the Department of Corrections.

There is release on Parole where the Board considers an offender is no longer an undue risk, and release on conditions where the offender has completed their full sentence and must be released.  In both cases there are release conditions.

How long do release conditions last?
  • The Board must, by law, impose conditions on an offender who is granted parole once released from prison, until their statutory release date plus six months after the end of their sentence.
  • If an offender is released after serving all their entire sentence in prison then the Board can only impose release conditions for six months.
  • If the offender is serving a life sentence or a sentence of preventive detention then the Board must impose standard release conditions for life.
Conditions of release

All offenders released on parole are subject to standard release conditions, set out in the Parole Act 2002, which must be imposed for at least six months.  The Board can also choose to impose special conditions in addition to the standard release conditions. 

Special conditions imposed by the Board may not be imposed for a longer time period than the standard release conditions.  The Board may suspend some, or all, of the standard release conditions if they are not compatible with the special release conditions that the Board wants to impose.

Standard Release Conditions

A list of the standard release conditions can be found under section 14 of the Parole Act 2002. Click here to read.


Special Release Conditions

The Board can also impost special release conditions on an offender's release. Under the Parole Act 2002, a special condition must not be imposed unless they are to: 

  • provide for the reasonable concerns of victims of the offender; or
  • reduce the risk of re-offending by the offender; or
  • facilitate or promote the rehabilitation and reintegration of the offender.

Click here to read section 15 of the Parole Act 2002 which deals with special conditions.


The Board is able to monitor compliance with conditions for up to 12 months from the date of release. Further details can be found here in Section 29 of the Parole Act 2002.

Release on Conditions (statutory release)-Not release on Parole

An offender who completes their full sentence without being released on parole will be released unless they receive a Court imposed extended supervision order for up to 10 years, (offenders convicted of a serious violent or sexual offence and who pose a real and ongoing risk).
If an offender reaches their end of sentence, the Board will use release conditions, set out in the Parole Act 2002, which must be imposed for at least six months. The Board can't choose to impose any additional special conditions or impose them for longer than six months.


Extended Supervision Order (ESO) – Setting of the Special Conditions

Some offenders are subject to a court imposed extended supervision order.  Once an order has been made by the court the Department of Corrections may apply to the Board to impose special conditions on the offender. These special conditions are in addition to the standard conditions of the ESO.  All the special conditions listed above can be imposed in much the same way as if the offender were being released on parole.

The standard extended supervision conditions which, in most cases, will already apply to the offender can be found in Part 1A of the Parole Act 2002, or here

The Board may suspend any of the standard extended supervision conditions if they are not compatible with the special conditions that the Board chooses to impose.  Both the offender and their probation officer are able to apply to the Board to have the special conditions of an extended supervision order changed or removed.