Parole Board Queensland

Parole Board Queensland

Key recommendations of the Queensland Parole System Review (Sofronoff Review) were for the establishment of a new, independent and professional parole board in Queensland.

Parole Board Queensland plays a vital role in the Queensland criminal justice system.

The board makes independent decisions about prisoners’ release on parole.

Parole is not a privilege or entitlement; it is a method developed to prevent reoffending, and the board’s highest priority is the safety of the community.

Queensland Parole System Review

The review recommended the establishment a new, independent and professional parole board with full-time president, deputy presidents and professional board members, as well as part-time community board members who represent the diversity of Queensland.

The Parole Board Queensland replaces the 3 previous parole boards:

  • the Queensland Parole Board
  • Southern Queensland Regional Parole Board
  • Central and Northern Queensland Regional Parole Board.

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Parole Board Queensland membership

On 1 June 2017, the Governor in Council approved the appointment of Michael Byrne QC as President of Parole Board Queensland.

Ms Julie Sharp and Mr Peter Shields were appointed as deputy presidents .

On 15 June 2017, the Governor in Council also appointed:

  • 4 full-time professional board members with a legal or health practitioner qualification
  • 24 part-time community board members.

In total, there currently are 37 members:

  • president
  • 2 deputy presidents
  • 4 professional board members
  • 24 community board members
  • 3 nominated public service officers (from Queensland Corrective Services)
  • 3 nominated police representatives.

Ministerial guidelines

The Minister may make guidelines about policies to help us performing our functions, as per section 242E of the Corrective Services Act 2006.

The guidelines outline a number of factors we must consider when determining a prisoner’s suitability for parole, including their:

  • criminal history
  • likelihood of reoffending
  • offence’s seriousness
  • behaviour in custody
  • support in the community
  • progress through rehabilitation.

Read the ministerial guidelines to the parole board.


The publication of decisions of the Parole Board Queensland made in accordance with section 193A of the Corrective Services Act 2006.



Public Interest Disclosure Procedure

PBQ Decision Making Manual


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Postal address

Parole Board Queensland
GPO Box 1054


(07) 3565 7567

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