Are you ready for a career change that will make a positive impact within your community? You should consider becoming a casual prison officer.
- Help Victoria remain a safe place to live by guiding offenders to develop better relationships and improve their actions.
- Enjoy a casual role that fits in with your family and social life.
- No experience needed. Get paid to train – enjoy a comprehensive fully paid eight-week training program before your first day on the job.
- People of all professional and cultural backgrounds encouraged to apply.
- Earn a good base rate plus generous penalty rates for night and weekend shifts.
The Department of Justice and Community Safety is now recruiting a new squad of casual prison officers to work at Hopkins Correctional Centre and HM Prison Langi Kal Kal.
“If you want a job where you can work with people and really look at helping them unpack those underlying issues that are resulting in them coming into custody, this is the job for you.”
– Emma Cassar, Commissioner, Corrections Victoria
IT'S IMPORTANT WORK
You will get a real sense of purpose out of being a prison officer. You’re doing two important things for the community: you’re keeping potentially dangerous people safe in a secure facility, and you’re helping many offenders take the first steps to becoming more positive contributors to our shared lives.
As a prison officer, you must be someone who truly believes you can help people make changes for the better. You will be given a case load of prisoners and will guide these men to adopt more positive behaviours, while also maintaining important family and community connections. This is when your ability to reserve your judgement and find common ground with anyone will be so valuable.
To gain a better understanding of the role of a casual prison officer, we strongly encourage you to register for one of our free information sessions. You will hear about the experiences of current prison officers directly and also be able to ask any questions you have about the job. Please see the details below on the upcoming online information session:
Wednesday 30 September 2020
4:00pm – 5:30pm
Attending an information session is not compulsory, and we still encourage you to apply if you can't make the session.
WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU
Our officers tell us time and again that what they love most about this job is the support they feel in being part of a team. Great prison officers tend to thrive on working closely with people. There are many other benefits too, including the ability to:
◉ Earn a base rate of $32.60 per hour plus super.
◉ As a casual officer, you get a job that fits in with your life. You set your availability, so no more missing out on important family or social commitments that matter to you.
◉ Enjoy generous penalty rates on night shifts, weekends and public holidays paid in addition to salary. These benefits can significantly increase your take home pay.
◉ Make a career change without the expensive course! You will undergo eight weeks of paid full-time training. By the end of the program, you will feel confident and well equipped to begin your new job. You will still have so much more to learn, though, and will continue working towards Certificate III accreditation in Custodial Services Practice.
“The feeling that I’m doing something good for the community and trying to make a difference in someone’s life makes me happy.”
– Wayne, Prison Officer
There are many other advantages in working for the Department of Justice and Community Safety at large, as well, including:
✔ Regular feedback and career planning – approach your work with confidence in how you’re tracking, working to a professional development plan agreed on by you and your manager.
✔ Employee Assistance Program support – you are encouraged to use this short-term, confidential counselling service if you’re experiencing emotional stress, relationship problems, conflict with others or personal issues.
✔ Financial and retirement planning – chance to sit down with a counsellor, as well as attend superannuation consultations, to develop strategies to meet your financial goals for the future.
We welcome people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability and cultural background.
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply
The Department of Justice and Community Safety is continually working towards increasing our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Aboriginal) workforce. The Aboriginal Employment Team aims to attract, recruit and retain Aboriginal staff in a number of roles, including prison officers, community corrections officers and field officers. This support includes a culturally appropriate attraction and recruitment process. To learn more, click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
WHAT SKILLS SHOULD A PRISON OFFICER HAVE?
To thrive in this job, you will need energy, empathy and resilience. We're not concerned about which gender you identify as, or if you've been a tradie, an accountant, a teacher or a retail assistant.
However, you should possess:
◉ Strong verbal communication – you have the ability to de-escalate a situation purely through your negotiation and verbal reasoning.
◉ Professionalism – you have integrity and maturity. You respect the importance of doing your work thoroughly.
◉ Conflict management and problem-solving skills – you will encounter conflict and problems regularly, so you need to be able to think on your feet.
◉ Initiative and accountability – you won't pass the buck if you know you should be contributing. You will be responsible for your actions and take opportunities to raise new ideas.
Just for an example of the diverse industries we recruit from, we currently have prison officers who have come from the following jobs:
• Retail and admin assistants • Wait staff / Bartenders / Chefs • Childcare workers • Receptionists • Nurses and disability workers • Personal trainers • Customer service officers • Army and Navy • Sales assistants • Labourers • Butchers • Farm hands • Cleaners • Correctional officers • Truck drivers • Warehouse staff • Security guards / security officers • Manufacturing workers
- To be eligible for appointment as a prison officer in a Corrections Victoria facility, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or hold Australian permanent residency. You must also possess a current Victorian driver’s license (minimum P2 category) and be willing to obtain a current first aid certificate.
- There are certain jobs that present conflicts of interest with the work of a prison officer, including some roles in security. It is best to chat to the recruitment team at an assessment centre about any work you would wish to continue doing if appointed.
- Successful candidates will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening.
- To become a prison officer, you will also need to pass a health and fitness assessment, which you can learn about here . You should not apply until you are confident you can meet the benchmarks in this test.
- Please note important training will take place over the Christmas period (though not on the three public holidays).
ABOUT HOPKINS CORRECTIONAL CENTRE
Hopkins Correctional Centre (Hopkins) is a medium-security prison based just out of Ararat, in the Grampians region.
Hopkins has a capacity of 760 offenders and is a key part of the corrections system due to its specialisation in accommodating protection prisoners. This type of offender needs to be separated from the general prison population as the nature of their crime or reputation may make them more vulnerable to prisoner hostility.
ABOUT HM PRISON LANGI KAL KAL
HM Prison Langi Kal Kal (Langi Kal Kal) is a minimum-security men’s prison located in Trawalla, in the Grampians region.
Up to 428 prisoners can be housed in single rooms and shared cottage-style units in an open-plan prison that is fenced off from the public. While similar to Hopkins in its capacity to accommodate protection prisoners, Langi Kal Kal’s prisoners typically have a lower propensity for violent behaviour. There are also many elderly offenders housed here.
Both facilities are operated by the Department of Justice and Community Safety, which is one arm of the Victorian Public Service, a recognised top employer of choice nationally . All our staff work to the vision of a safe, just, innovative and thriving Victoria; and as prison officer, you will be a key player in helping us meet our goal.
To discover more about what you will do on the job, as well as the physical requirements, please go to www.correctionsjobs.vic.gov.au/prison-officers .
Applications close at 9am on Monday 5 October.
Candidates will be regularly reviewed up until the closing date, so please apply as soon as possible.