If you are ready for a career change that will make a positive impact on your community, consider becoming a prison officer.
- Help Victoria remain a safe place to live by keeping our prisons secure and assisting offenders to develop better relationships and improve their actions.
- No experience required. Get paid to train – enjoy a comprehensive fully paid eight-week training program before your first day on the job.
- A secure ongoing, full-time job in the Victorian Public Service.
- People of all professional and cultural backgrounds are 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 ongoing, full-time prison officers to work at Metropolitan Remand Centre.
“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
You get a real sense of purpose out of being a prison officer. You’re doing two important things for the community: keeping potentially dangerous people safe in a secure facility and helping offenders take their first steps to becoming more positive contributors.
The benefits of this job don’t end with the great camaraderie you’ll enjoy with teammates or sense of making a real difference, you will also:
◉ Earn a base rate annual salary of $55,256 - $70,958 plus super, working full time hours on a 24-hour rotating roster.
◉ Enjoy generous penalty rates on night shifts, weekends and public holidays paid in addition to salary. Weekend work is a frequent necessity for all full-time prison officers, so you need to be prepared to plan your life around your work.
◉ Undergo eight weeks of paid full-time training to be completed in one continuous block. By the end of the program, you will feel confident and well equipped to begin your new job. Upon commencement, continue working towards Certificate III accreditation in Custodial Services Practice.
There are many other advantages in working for the Department of Justice and Community Safety, including:
✔ Transparent performance framework – approach your work with confidence in how you’re tracking, working to a professional development plan agreed on by you and your manager.
✔ Generous leave entitlements – provisions for many forms of leave; including personal, parental, carers, study, cultural, compassionate and sick leave.
✔ 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, money troubles or personal issues.
✔ Financial and retirement planning – attend financial counsellor as well as superannuation consultations to develop strategies for your future goals.
✔ The Social Club – option to join this lively group, which gives you access to discounted gift cards, films, travel and online shopping. We also have an active Pride Network.
We encourage you to 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. These sessions are currently run online via Zoom.
2 July 2020
5:00pm – 6:00pm AEST
Click here to register.
Attending an information session is not compulsory, and we still encourage you to apply if you can't make it along.
WHAT SKILLS SHOULD A PRISON OFFICER HAVE?
To thrive in this job, you'll need energy, empathy and resilience. We're not concerned about which gender you identify as, or if you've been a tradie, a personal trainer, a teacher or a retail assistant. We want prison officers with life experience – people who can find common ground with anyone.
You should also 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, adapting what you’ve learned to be best practice to the scenario.
◉ Initiative and accountability – you won't pass the buck if you know you should be contributing. You'll be responsible for your actions and take opportunities to raise new ideas.
ABOUT METROPOLITAN REMAND CENTRE
Metropolitan Remand Centre (MRC) is a maximum-security remand facility based in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne. Prisoners on remand are alleged offenders who were not bailed when charged with a crime and are awaiting the outcome of their court case.
For remandees who are ultimately sentenced to a longer stay in prison, their time here is still really important. Prison officers get the chance to start moulding their prison experience so it can be as constructive as possible, helping them make positive changes in their lives.
Prison officers work on a rotating shift roster, which operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year. While shifts can be swapped, staff must be prepared to work some weekends and public holidays.
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.
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.
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 .
To discover more about what you'll do on the job, as well as the physical requirements, please go to www.correctionsjobs.vic.gov.au/roles/prison-officers .
Applications close at midnight, on Thursday 16 July 2020.
Candidates will be regularly reviewed up until the closing date, so please apply as soon as possible.