Become a Prison Officer at Barwon Prison

  • Help Victoria remain a safe place to live by keeping this maximum-security prison secure and supporting male offenders through rehabilitation.
  • No qualifications are required. You will undertake a comprehensive, fully paid, eight-week training program before your first day on the job.

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Prison officers are vital to the secure containment of offenders, which is a cornerstone of a safe and just Victoria. At a facility like Barwon, which houses many high-risk and high-profile offenders, this is particularly crucial, and security assignments will be an essential part of your role. You’ll also aim to help offenders gain enriched prospects and life skills through case management sessions so that once released, they can make a constructive contribution to our shared lives.

Are you up for the challenge? The rewards are worth it.

The rewards of this job go beyond the camaraderie you will enjoy with your co-workers and the satisfaction from seeing positive rehabilitation results.

◉ Casual prison officers earn an hourly rate of $33.09 plus super while full-time prison officers earn a base salary of $53,503 -$68,707 plus super. Penalty rates are paid on night shifts and weekends, which can significantly increase your take home pay.

◉ You'll undergo eight weeks of paid full-time training (at $32.05 per hour or $53,529 per year pro rata). By the end of the program, you will be well equipped to begin your new job. You will also continue to work towards a Certificate III accreditation in Custodial Services Practice.

What skills do you need to be a prison officer?

To do well as a prison officer, you'll need energy, empathy and resilience. You’ll also need:

  • Strong verbal communication – the confidence and ability to de-escalate a situation purely through conversation.
  • Professionalism –  integrity, maturity, self-confidence, and 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, applying what you've learned and logical thinking to the scenario.
  • Initiative and accountability – you won't pass the buck if you know you should be contributing.

We want prison officers with life experience – people who can find common ground with anyone. We’re keen to hear people from all backgrounds. Recent squads of prison officers have included people from trades, the military, mining, warehousing, manufacturing, information technology, machinery operation, agricultural and farming industries and more.

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.

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 (External link) or email (External link)

We encourage you to register for the free information session. You'll hear about the experiences of current prison officers directly and will be able to ask any questions you have about the job.

6.30 – 8.00pm
Tuesday 25 February 2020

Captain’s Room, Geelong Cats Football Club
Level 3 GMHBA Stadium
Kilgour Street, Geelong

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Attending an information session is not compulsory, and we still encourage you to apply if you can't make it along.

Learn more here about what you'll do on the job, the application process and the essential physical requirements.

Barwon Prison is a maximum security men's prison based in Lara, in the Barwon South West region of Victoria. It is 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 (External link). All of our staff work to the vision of a safe, just, innovative and thriving Victoria. As a prison officer, you will be a key player in helping us meet this goal.

Applications close at midnight on Monday 9 March 2020. Candidates will be regularly reviewed up until the closing date, so please apply as soon as possible.

Successful candidates will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening.

We hope to meet you soon!

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