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Supervised Release Review Board

Frequently Asked Questions

Under the Young Offenders Act 1994 (WA), the Supervised Release Review Board was established. Members of the Board decide whether or not a young offender can be released to serve a portion of their sentence, supervised, in the community.

The role of the Supervised Release Review Board is to conduct supervised release review meetings and make decisions regarding the release of young offenders from detention.

The Supervised Release Review Board (the Board) is made up of a chairperson, community members and a representative from both Youth Justice Services and the Western Australian Police.

The Board sits three to four times a month.

Pending security clearance, the following persons may attend the Supervised Release Review Board meetings:

  • parents, caregivers or significant others.
  • officers or staff members directly involved in the management of the young offender.

The young offender is only brought up to meet with the Supervised Release Review Board (the Board) when a Supervised Release Order is being considered. The number of people permitted to attend is at the Board’s discretion.

The Supervised Release Review Board considers a number of factors when assessing the release plan such as, but not limited to, the below:

  • Victim concerns
  • Accommodation
  • Continuing treatment needs (psychological/substance abuse)
  • Previous compliance with SRO
  • Behaviour whilst in custody
  • Willingness to engage in treatment programmes and counselling (at Banksia Hill and in the community).

Yes. A Supervised Release Order (SRO) cannot be made if the young offender has signed a declaration of non-consent to the making of a Supervised Release Order as per Section 133 of the Young Offenders Act 1994.

It means the Supervised Release Review Board considers the young offender is likely to re-offend in the community because they have not received adequate treatment to address their offending behaviour, and the community must be protected from illegal behaviours. Treatment is usually provided in detention in the form of programmes.

The unavailability of programmes for any reason, does not remove the requirement of the Board to consider the risk of re-offending and the risk to the community posed by a young person's release if treatment needs have not been met.

Unless the young offender requests to re-apply for a Supervised Release Order, the young offender will complete their full sentence in custody.

For confidentiality reasons the Supervised Release Review Board and its officers are unable to provide details regarding a young person’s matters. However, if you are the family of the young offender, please contact Youth Justice Services.

If you are a victim of crime and not registered with the Victim Notification Register (VNR) you will not receive this information.

Yes. A victim of an offence, for which a young offender is in custody, may lodge a written submission with the Supervised Release Review Board (the Board).

The submission can:

  1. Describe the victim's opinion of the effect the release of the young offender would have on them.
  2. Make suggestions about the conditions that should apply to the young offender if released.

If a victim is incapable of making a submission due to age, disability or infirmity, another person may make a victim submission on the victim's behalf.

Last updated: 11-Feb-2020

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