A good behaviour bond is an order of the court that requires you to be of good behaviour for a specified period of time. The court will impose conditions that you will have to obey during the term of the good behaviour bond. The maximum duration of a good behaviour bond is 5 years. As a good behaviour bond is made under Section 9 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act, it is sometimes referred to as a Section 9 bond.

Magistrates are more likely to give section 9 good behaviour bonds for less serious offences, and for first-time offenders.

If you have no previous criminal convictions (or, in the case of a traffic offence, a commendable driving record), your chances of receiving a good behaviour bond are higher than an offender with multiple previous convictions.

As with any penalty that might be levied against you if you are found guilty of an offence, it is important that you understand what a good behaviour bond is, and what conditions you need to meet in order to avoid further consequences. Breaching the conditions of a good behaviour bond can lead to the magistrate revoking the bond and imposing a harsher penalty.


What are the conditions of a good behaviour bond?

Conditions vary but may include:

  • Restrictions on places you attend and persons you associate with,
  • Regular supervision by a parole officer (NSW Probation Service),
  • Attendance at drug or alcohol abuse counselling,
  • Attendance at an approved Traffic Offenders Program,
  • That you live at a rehabilitation centre for a period of time, and or
  • That you pay compensation to a victim of a crime.


What happens if you breach a good behaviour bond?

You will be summonsed to court for a breach of the bond. The court may:

  • Decide to take no action
  • Vary the conditions of the bond
  • Impose further conditions on the bond, or
  • Revoke the bond and re-sentence you to a tougher penalty, which could result in imprisonment.

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