Become a prison officer at Barwon Prison & Marngoneet Correctional Centre

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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Information session

Join us for a free one hour information session to learn more about the role.

Date: Tuesday 5 July 2022

Time: 6pm to 7pm (arrive at 5.45pm and meet some of the team)

Location: Hinchcliff Room at Eastern Hub Geelong, 285A McKillop St East Geelong  

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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 apply.
The 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. We recognise 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. Allow 30 - 60 minutes to complete the application form. Learn more about the application process. (External link)

Applications close at midnight, on Sunday 10 July 2022

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About Barwon Prison - Barwon is a maximum-security men’s prison based in the Barwon Prison Precinct. Barwon accommodates up to 478 prisoners, both convicted and on remand, across 10 accommodation units. Industries that operate at the prison include metal fabrication, horticulture and textiles.

About Marngoneet Correctional Centre - Marngoneet is a medium-security men’s prison based in the Barwon Prison Precinct. Marngoneet accommodates up to 859 prisoners, including prisoners at its Karreenga annexe. A bakery industry operates at the centre.