The Tasmanian Liberal Government is committed to keeping communities safe, which is why we have taken action to expand electronic monitoring as a sentencing option.

Our legislation to place electronic monitoring conditions on parole orders passed the Parliament in November last year, with 25 parolees being electronically monitored as at 19 August 2021.

Electronic monitoring of parolees provides the Parole Board with increased confidence about the ability to monitor compliance, ensuring that offenders are complying with the conditions of their parole order, such as curfews and restrictions about where they are allowed to be, and increasing community safety.

Electronic monitoring of offenders was initially established in Tasmania for Home Detention and Family Violence Orders. Since monitoring operations commenced on 19 March 2019, 335 Home Detention Orders have been made, and 127 Family Violence Orders with electronic monitoring had been made, up until 30 June 2021.

This demonstrates the value of this initiative, and is why we have committed an additional $2.4 million in the 2021-22 Budget over two years for our Monitoring and Compliance Unit within the Department of Justice to continue Tasmania’s electronic monitoring of high risk family violence perpetrators.

Elise Archer, Minister for Corrections