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Annual Report 2015/16
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Agency Performance


The Department provides administrative support to four justice-related boards. These are:

  • Prisoners Review Board
  • Mentally Impaired Accused Review Board
  • Supervised Release Review Board
  • Gender Reassignment Board.

Prisoners Review Board

The Prisoners Review Board considers prisoners for release from custody, sets or varies conditions of release and considers applications for the suspension and/or cancellation of orders.

During the year the Prisoners Review Board held 531 meetings, including Registrar and Deputy Chairperson meetings and considered 6,338 matters. These matters included, but were not limited to, first reviews for parole, requests to review decisions, re-applications for parole, breaches of parole and other statutory reviews.

The Prisoners Review Board made 947 orders to release offenders on discretionary parole. Parole was denied on 1,577 occasions in 2015/16, but excludes circumstances where prisoners chose not to take up release on parole. Parole was suspended or cancelled on 416 occasions.

Mentally Impaired Accused Review Board

The Mentally Impaired Accused Review Board is concerned with people found not guilty of a crime due to unsoundness of mind and those found to be mentally unfit to stand trial.

In 2015/16 the Board held 23 meetings and considered 173 matters. Pursuant to section 33 of the Criminal Law (Mentally Impaired Accused) Act 1996 (WA), the Board is required to provide the Minister with a written report about an accused at least once in every year. In 2015/16, the Board prepared 41 statutory reports.

Supervised Release Review Board

The Supervised Release Review Board, created under the Young Offenders Act 1994 (WA), determines the suitability of young offenders in detention to be released.

During 2015/16 the Board held 81 meetings and considered 537 matters.

Gender Reassignment Board

The Gender Reassignment Board considers applications from people wishing to have their gender reassigned from male to female or female to male and issues gender recognition certificates, in accordance with the Gender Reassignment Act 2000 (WA).

In 2015/16 the Board received 21 applications, representing a 17 per cent increase from the last financial year.

On 18 March 2015 the Gender Reassignment Amendment Bill 2015 was tabled in State Parliament, with proposed amendments to abolish the Gender Reassignment Board and confer gender reassignment applications upon the State Administrative Tribunal.

Last updated: 27-Sep-2016

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