The application process

Attend an info session

We run information sessions (External link) regularly to give you all the information you need to know about becoming a prison officer. You'll hear from many of the people involved in bringing you on board, from the General Manager of the prison hiring, to us here at the Department of Justice and Regulation head office, to prison officers that can tell you all about what a day in their work life looks like. Although it's not compulsory, we highly recommend that you attend an info session so you can get answers to any questions you may have about the role.

Apply online

There is an online application form you'll need to fill in to apply to become a prison officer. You'll find the form, and information about roles that we're currently recruiting for, by clicking the first blue button at the bottom of this page. Shortly after applying, our recruitment partners will call you to confirm any details and ask you a few more questions.

If you do not wish to apply for any of the roles that are currently vacant, but want to be considered for future positions in other regions, we suggest that you register your expression of interest by clicking the second blue button at the bottom of the page.

Attend an assessment centre

The recruiters at our assessment centres run a number of individual and group activities to ensure that you possess the skills, conduct and characteristics required to become a prison officer. You'll be measured individually against a predefined set of criteria and not against any other participant.

Applicants who attend our assessment centres are typically asked to participate in a group activity, followed by a work role play, then a one-on-one interview.

Review your offer

Before being made an offer, we'll get in touch with you to arrange a health and physical assessment. The role can be physically demanding, so we want to make sure that you can do it safely and without putting yourself or others at risk.

Download the Health Assessment Fact Sheet or review our physical assessment test (External link) to see how you shape up.

We will then conduct reference and security checks, which will allow us to confirm once more that you're suited to the role. As the positions require high security clearance, you'll need to let us know if you've ever been charged with or convicted of any offence. Some offences will automatically disqualify your application but others may not. Non-disclosure is treated seriously, though, so it's better to let us know up front about any incidents in your past.

Pre-service training

There's a lot of information to learn once you become a prison officer, so we give all of our newly recruited squad members a minimum of 42 days fully paid pre-service training. It's full time, Monday to Friday, and combines both theoretical and practical learning (including two weeks on the job). 

You'll also be required to obtain a 'Statement of Attainment' for the Provide First Aid course - HLTAID003 (preferred) or the Provide Basic Emergency Life Support course - HLTAID002 (minimum) before starting your role as a trainee prison officer. You can obtain this at a later stage in your application, though, so hit the button below if you're keen to join Corrections Victoria now.


Current prison officer vacancies (External link)

Register your expression of interest to be considered for future prison officer roles (External link)

Who are you?

Are you the person that we’re looking for? Find out if you’ll make a great prison officer here.

Our locations

Victoria has 11 prisons run by our staff and 60+ Community Correctional Services (CCS) offices around the state.