If home detention (HD) or residential restrictions (RR) are being considered as sentencing or special condition options, you will need to think about the type of employment you have while subject to HD or RR.
Some types of employment are not suitable for people on home detention or residential restrictions. This may be because of where you work or the type of work you do.
You’ll need to be monitored while at work and your probation officer will have to involve your employer in making the necessary arrangements.
It’s preferable to have a monitoring unit installed where you work. Talk to your probation officer about the best arrangement for your situation.
It may take 1–2 days to confirm your employment is suitable and to have a workplace unit installed. This will depend on what arrangements were made before your sentencing or release on parole. If you are already working, you may need to talk to your employer about taking leave until the arrangements are finalised. In general, you should be based at a single site to allow for the monitoring of your whereabouts.
With the employer’s cooperation, in some instances it may be possible to allow employment that involves changing location every few days (eg house painting). This will depend on a number of things. For example:
The employer’s support is vital for any employment to be considered suitable for people subject to electronic monitoring. Your probation officer will explain what is required of you and your employer.
You are unlikely to be allowed to take or continue employment that:
Talk to your probation officer about your employment options before you are sentenced so that the necessary checks and arrangements can be made.
Temporary removal of equipment may be considered in exceptional circumstances.
Some activities are not suitable for people wearing electronic monitoring anklets. Read this information carefully if home detention (HD), residential restrictions (RR) or community detention (CD) are being considered as options for your sentence.
You must get approval from probation staff before taking part in any activities that might damage the anklet, or where the anklet might cause injury to you or others.
Talk to probation staff about activities you wish to take part in during your electronically monitored sentence. They will assess whether the activities are suitable.
Unsuitable activities include any that:
Unsuitable activities include, but are not limited to, kick boxing, rugby, league, soccer, hockey and water-based activities such as waterskiing, scuba diving and surfing.
In exceptional circumstances the anklet may be temporarily removed so that you can travel by air, visit a hospital where the anklet can’t be used, or take part in an approved activity. You must contact community probation as soon as possible beforehand so staff can arrange temporary removal.
Temporary removal of the anklet may also be considered for other reasons if:
If you are on community detention it may be possible to temporarily remove the anklet between curfew periods if:
If the anklet is damaged during an unsuitable activity, you may be required to pay for its repair or replacement. You will be liable if:
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