Drug and Alcohol Testing of Community-based Offenders and Bailees Legislation Bill
Regulatory Impact Statement
Agency disclosure statement
This Regulatory Impact Statement was prepared by the Department of Corrections and Police. It provides an analysis of options for introducing an alcohol and/or other drug testing regime for offenders managed in the community and bailees.
In its pre-election policy statement on law and order, the National Party signalled its intention to introduce “random drug and alcohol testing, where being drug free is a condition of bail, home detention, or other community sentences”. It would not be appropriate to rely on existing provisions in the Sentencing Act 2002, the Parole Act 2002 and the Bail Act 2000 to introduce an alcohol and/or other drug testing regime.
The analysis of options for fulfilling this commitment is subject to certain constraints.
- Limited data is available to inform predictions about the impact of different options on justice sector costs.
- Limited data is available on the future cost of technology.
Chief Policy Adviser
Department of Corrections