The Sentence Administration Board (the Board) has adopted a Conflict of Interest and Bias Policy(the Policy) to support its independence and lawful decision making.
The Crimes (Sentence Administration) Act 2005 (CSA Act) provides the framework for the Board to make various decisions that involve it exercising a range of supervisory powers. The Board’s exercise of such powers is subject to the Human Rights Act 2004. When acting, the Board must observe the principles of natural justice (section 196(1) CSA Act). The aim of the Policy is to ensure the Board and its members meet the standards associated with the principles of natural justice, human rights and the CSA Act, particularly section 177 of the CSA Act. The Council of Australasian Tribunals Practice Manual for Tribunals(2017) also provides guidance.