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Intensive Correction Orders

Intensive Correction Orders (ICOs) are an alternative to a sentence of imprisonment that can be made when a court is satisfied that no sentence other than full time imprisonment is appropriate for an offender, and that the sentence is likely to be for a period of 2 years or less.

Instead of entering full time custody, offenders subject to ICOs are managed in the community by the Community Corrections division of Corrective Services NSW. The two major components of ICOs are:

  • supervision by a Community Corrections Officer, whereby the offender's behaviour is monitored and their rehabilitative needs are addressed; and
  • community service work, whereby the offender undertakes 32 hours of unpaid work in the community each month.

ICOs are subject to a number of mandatory conditions, as set out in clause 175 of the Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Regulation 2014. Courts can also set additional conditions on ICOs that are specific to an offender's individual circumstances.