Become a Prison Officer at Loddon Prison and Middleton and Tarrengower Prisons

Prison officers

Prison officers support prisoners with their rehabilitation so that prisoners can be more constructive members of the community when they are released.

At the same time, prison officers keep prison facilities, prisoners and staff, safe and secure.

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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.


  • 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 by taking a close look at this fact sheet (External link) and by completing a self-assessment (External link)

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to applyThe Department of Justice and Community Safety is continually working towards increasing our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Aboriginal) workforce. This support includes a culturally appropriate attraction and recruitment process. To learn more, email (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.

Once you start the application, it needs to be completed and submitted in one sitting as it is not possible to save your answers and return to them later. Allow 30 - 60 minutes to complete the application form. Find out more about the application process. (External link)

Applications close at midnight, on Sunday 3 July 2022

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About Loddon Prison and Middleton
Loddon is a medium-security men’s prison located in Castlemaine. The landscaped grounds, modern buildings and wide range of programs and activities aim to emulate a general community setting, helping offenders to transition smoothly after completing their sentence. Middleton is a restricted-minimum men’s prison. Prisoners at Middleton live in self-catered, cottage style accommodation where they are responsible for cooking their own meals.

About Tarrengower Prison
Tarrengower Prison is a minimum-security women’s prison, located in the Loddon Mallee region. Tarrengower specialises in preparing offenders to return to the community at the end of their sentence.