GPS monitoring has been used since 2011 for dangerous sex offenders in conjunction with intensive case management strategies, to reinforce the strict supervision under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003 (DPSOA).

The Premier said the Government has committed more than $35 million over six years to expand GPS monitoring technology to monitor up to 500 parolees across Queensland.

“We have accepted the Sofronoff review recommendation that Queensland Corrective Services further develop its GPS tracking capabilities so the Parole Board could require GPS tracking and monitoring based on the assessment risk of each parolee,” said the Premier.

The GPS system allows for multiple curfew and location restrictions to be configured and programmed.

There is a difference between the way GPS tracking is used to restrict and control the movement of dangerous sex offenders and how it will be used to enhance the supervision of parolees.

For DPSOA offenders, GPS tracking is used to apply the strict supervision to offenders deemed a serious risk to the community by the Supreme Court of Queensland.

For parolees, GPS tracking will enhance supervision capability and monitoring of parolees in accordance with the conditions of the parole order. It will allow case managers to have access to invaluable information to use in working with these offenders to reduce their risk to the community.

The GPS tracking will be rolled out to parolees as recommended by the Sofronoff review. The implementation will be steadily expanded after careful assessment of parolees for the technology.