The Parole of Prisoners Act provides for membership of the Parole Board to comprise:
(a) the Chief Justice or another Judge of the Supreme Court nominated by the Chief Justice;
(b) the Director of Correctional Services;
(c) a member of the Police Force nominated by the Commissioner of Police;
(d) a medical practitioner or a psychologist who has a right of practice under the Health Practitioners Act;
(e) a person who represents the interests of victims of crime; and
(f) five persons who reflect, as closely as possible, the composition of the community at large and include women and Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders.
While the Parole Board is comprised of 10 members, they are not all required for every meeting. For matters concerning prisoners serving a life sentence for the crime of murder all six of the member categories must be represented and there must be a minimum of eight members present. For all other prisoners, members referred to in (a), (b), (c), (e) and two of the members from (f) can be represented and there must be a minimum of the Chairperson and three other members present.
A prisoner who is serving a life sentence for the crime of murder cannot be released on parole unless the Members of the Parole Board unanimously agree.
The Chairperson of the Parole Board is the Chief Justice of the Northern Territory or his nominee.