Female probation officer discusses the terms of probation with her female client

Parole and Probation Officer

Parole or Probation Officers supervise offenders who have been placed on probation by court order or released conditionally from corrective service institutions.

Overview

Parole or Probation Officers supervise offenders who have been placed on probation by court order or released conditionally from corrective service institutions.

Day-to-day

  • supervises offenders on probation and parole
  • assesses clients' needs and plans develops and implements educational, training and support programmes
  • interviews clients and assesses the nature and extent of difficulties
  • monitors and reports on the progress of clients
  • refers clients to agencies that can provide additional help
  • completes administrative work which may include written correspondence and reports.

Considerations

  • requires driving
  • stressful.

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To become a Parole and Probation Officer

  • You usually need a formal qualification in community services, behavioural science, social work, social science, criminology, justice studies, or psychology to work as a Parole or Probation Officer. University and Vocational Education and Training (VET) are both common study pathways.

    Find a Diploma or Certificate in Community Services

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