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What Does Probation Order Supervision Involve?

All Probation Orders are subject to the mandatory conditions that an offender must:

  • Not commit an offence punishable by imprisonment while the order is in force;
  • Report within 1 clear working day to a Probation Officer at the place specified in the order;
  • Submit to the supervision of a Probation Officer as required;
  • Report to a Probation Officer as required;
  • Comply with the reasonable and lawful directions given by a Probation Officer;
  • Not leave or stay outside Tasmania without the permission of a Probation Officer;
  • Give notification to a Probation Officer of any change of address or employment within 2 clear working days.

There are also special conditions that the Magistrate or Judge may choose to include in the Probation Order, that the offender must:

  • Attend educational and other programs as directed by the court or a Probation Officer;
  • Undergo assessment and treatment for alcohol or drug dependency as directed by a Probation Officer;
  • Submit to testing for alcohol or drug use as directed by a Probation Officer;
  • Submit to medical, psychological or psychiatric assessment or treatment as directed by a Probation Officer.

Upon the commencement of a Probation Order, a Probation Officer will ensure the probationer understands the conditions of their order, as well as the possible consequences of failing to comply. Offenders are required to maintain regular contact with a Probation Officer.

If an offender fails to comply with the conditions of their Probation Order they can be returned to court, where the Magistrate or Judge may reconsider the original sentence.

Individual Management Plan

As part of probation supervision, the Probation Officer develops an Individual Management Plan with the probationer. This process involves setting goals for the probationer to work towards to help them stay out of trouble.

This often involves referrals to organisations for specialist counselling and assistance with issues such as substance abuse, mental health problems and anger management. It also involves talking with their Probation Officer about what led to their offending, and other problem areas in their life.

The Individual Management Plan and assessment of the risk of re-offending are reviewed throughout the probation period to see if goals are being met, and if new goals need to be established, in addition to determining how often the probationer will have contact with a Probation Officer.

The Probation Officer will monitor the probationer's progress by contacting family members, employers, referral agencies and other sources of information.