All Probation Orders are subject to the mandatory conditions that an offender must:
There are also special conditions that the Magistrate or Judge may choose to include in the Probation Order, that the offender must:
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.