An offender on a community based order may travel to an interstate destination for up to one month with the approval of the relevant authority.
The following rules apply:
- Applications should be made at least 14 days before the proposed travel dates.
- The offender is to provide their Community Corrections Officer with substantiating evidence of the genuineness of the reason(s) for travel
- The officer will need to be able to contact the residents at the proposed address to confirm the reason(s) for travel, and that suitable accommodation for the offender is available at the destination address and
- The offender will need to carry with them at all times the Permit to Travel which will be issued if approval to travel is given.
Travel approval steps
There are some steps the offender needs to take to obtain approval for the travel, depending on the type of order they are on.
The offender needs to obtain and complete the Parole Interstate Travel Offender Request and Consent Form, and give it to their supervising community corrections officer as soon as possible.
It is important that they provide as much information as they can about the reasons for travel on this form so that the Parole Board can make an informed decision as soon as is practicable.
The application may take up to 3 months to process however urgent requests (e.g. for funerals or illness of a family member) can be approved in appropriate cases.
Bonds and Community Service
Offenders should discuss their proposed travel plans with their Community Corrections Officer to confirm that there is a reasonable prospect that the travel will be approved.
They should be aware that granting approval to travel is not automatically given.
As a minimum, the offender will need to have demonstrated compliance with the conditions of their order.
Further, travel requests will not be granted where the offender is subject to electronic monitoring, or where a request follows within a short period of time another approved travel request.