The Hodgman Liberal Government is calling for expressions of interest from former police officers to join the Parole Board, following passage of legislation to amend the Corrections Act 1997.

Including a member with policing experience is an important measure to ensure community safety remains at the core of any Parole Board decision.

The amendment will fulfil a commitment made during the 2018 State election to introduce legislation to ensure that a member with policing experience is represented on the Parole Board, in the same way that a victims of crime representative has been included on the Board.

Police are at the frontline of crime in Tasmania and the amendment provides for a former police officer to have an active role in decisions made about prisoners’ suitability for parole.

The changes to the Corrections Act 1997 will come into effect on 1 July 2019.

More information about the Parole Board can be found at www.justice.tas.gov.au/paroleboard

Elise Archer, Minister for Corrections