South Australia’s parole board is this afternoon considering an application to release Snowtown accomplice Mark Ray Haydon, on the same day the state government has rushed legal changes through parliament to broaden the definition of high-risk offenders.

Haydon is applying for release on parole, more than two decades after being jailed for his role in assisting the notorious Snowtown killers.

The hearing is the latest of several attempts to secure release on parole that Haydon has made since he became eligible to apply in 2017.

The ABC understands the 65-year-old will be attending the hearing in person.

The board will be considering whether Haydon is ready to be released into the community, and, if so, where he should live and which conditions should be imposed.

Haydon is applying for release on parole, more than two decades after being jailed.(The Advertiser)

Parole conditions often include various forms of supervision and restrictions on a parolee’s movements including a curfew, electronic monitoring and exclusion zones.

The board is not expected to comment on Haydon’s parole hearing until tomorrow.

After rejecting one of his earlier applications, SA Parole Board chair Frances Nelson KC, previously told the ABC that the decision was, in part, because the board felt he needed more time for socialisation before re-entering the community.

Haydon’s full 25-year jail sentence expires in May, and so too would any parole period.

Once the full sentence is served there will be no legal order holding Haydon in custody and there will also be no mechanism for parole conditions.

That means that in just a few months, if the government is unsuccessful in its request that the Supreme Court grant an extended supervision order, Haydon could be released into the community with no restrictions or oversight.

High-risk offender legislation rushed through parliament

The state government has drafted urgent legislative amendments to make it easier to impose supervision orders on high-risk offenders, such as Haydon, who have served their sentences in full.

The legal changes passed the lower house of state parliament on Tuesday morning in less than half an hour.

Correctional Services Minister Joe Szakacs told parliament the amendments would close a potential loophole in the current legislation.

The SA government has rushed changes through parliament to make it easier for offenders like Haydon to be deemed high-risk.(Supplied: Tim Ide)

“On its face, it is uncertain whether a person who assists an offender or impedes an investigation in relation to a serious sexual offence or a serious offence of violence would be regarded as a high-risk offender within the meaning of [the legislation],” he said.

“The government is of the view that such a person would be regarded as a high-risk offender.”

The legislative amendments are expected to go before the upper house soon.

Some members of South Australia’s crossbench have indicated they will likely support the changes.

In a statement, One Nation MLC Sarah Game said she would support the legislation out of consideration for the “right to safety for all members of the community”.

“I certainly agree anyone convicted of assisting an offender or impeding an investigation relating to a serious sexual or violent offence, as was the case with Mark Ray Haydon and his involvement in the Snowtown murders, is a high-risk offender and should be appropriately punished,” Ms Game said.

“The safety of members of the community must be the priority and those who commit atrocious acts of violence, and those who aid and abet them, have lost the right to walk amongst us.”

Greens MLC Robert Simms said the changes “make sense”, but he wanted to “dig a little deeper” to ensure nothing was missing in the bill.

“What we want to do is do our due diligence and consult with the legal profession to ensure that there aren’t any unintended consequences here,” Mr Simms told the ABC.

“We certainly recognise that there is significant community concern around this and that the government has moved quickly to address that, and we certainly want to work with them collaboratively to ensure that the parliament addresses this as a priority.” 

Premier Peter Malinauskas and Attorney-General Kyam Maher said the government would seek to have Haydon placed on an extended supervision order.(ABC News: Rory McClaren)

Opposition leader David Speirs said he was “broadly supportive” of the changes.

“We think the mechanism that the government is putting in there is reasonably light-touch, it just creates a bit more scope for the government of the day to be able to step in and enhance the level of supervision that would be provided to certain individuals,” Mr Speirs said.

“It’s not a significant change of legislation, actually.

“I guess we were surprised by that in some ways, but the government seem to have been able to identify a mechanism, a legislative instrument, that will do what they want it to do, without a massive change to the legal framework that’s already in place.”