Become a prison officer at Dhurringile Prison


Does meaningful work, helping others and a job where no two days are the same, appeal to you?

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  • Multiple full-time and casual positions available
  • Bring your life experience and get paid to train on the job
  • Help make the community a safer place for everyone

Prison officers equip prisoners with the skills they need to build a better future. If you’re a proactive person with self-confidence, great communication skills and a positive attitude, then you have the qualities needed to make a good prison officer.

Information Session

Attend an information session to learn more about being a prison officer directly from a prison officer. Our recruitment team will also be available to answer any questions you may have. This session is run online via Zoom.

Thursday 6 January 2022 
6pm - 7pm

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What's in it for you

  • Earn $57,638 - $74,016 + super as a full-time prison officer working on a rotating roster. Or, as a casual, earn a base rate of $34.00 per hour plus super
  • Enjoy a career where you are supported with ongoing training and development opportunities
  • Complete eight weeks of paid full-time training (paid at $55,836 per annum pro rata). By the end, you will feel well equipped to begin your job and continue working towards Certificate III accreditation in Custodial Services Practice
  • Generous penalty rates on night shifts, weekends and public holidays paid in addition to salary. These benefits can significantly increase your take home pay
  • Dhurringile prison is located in the Goulburn Valley area, between Murchison and Tatura  

The skills prison officers have

To thrive in this job, you will need to be an effective communicator with a good level of empathy and resilience. Integrity and honesty are vital qualities, along with professionalism, situational awareness and the ability to follow procedures. You will also need to have emotional intelligence so you can be a consistent role model who makes considered decisions under pressure.

About Dhurringile Prison

Dhurringile is a minimum-security correctional facility in North-East Victoria. It is situated around 20 minutes out of Shepparton and two hours from Melbourne by car. Dhurringile is a transition prison, which means prisoners here are serving the final part of their sentence.

Dhurringile is based on a large farm, and while there are many security provisions, there are no high walls. This arrangement, along with the wide variety of accommodation types – including self-catered shared housing, intends to help prisoners prepare for reintegration into the community.


  • Be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or hold Australian permanent residency.
  • Hold a current Victorian driver’s license (minimum P2 category) and be willing to obtain a first aid certificate.
  • Undergo pre-employment checks that may include national police checks, misconduct screening and traffic offences.
  • A level of health and fitness is required - learn more (External link)

We are committed to building a workforce that promotes diversity and inclusion, in recognition of the value a diverse workforce has on building and maintaining a safe and secure work environment for all. We strongly encourage expressions of interest across all cultural backgrounds, genders and abilities.

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. This support includes a culturally appropriate attraction and recruitment process. To learn more, email (External link)

Find out more about what you'll do on the job (External link).

Applications close at midnight Sunday 16 January 2022