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 an expression of interest here (External link).

Situational Judgement Questionnaire

If you pass the initial application phase (from here on, this schedule is based on candidate success at each stage) you'll be invited to complete a questionnaire that will test your suitability to the role. You will be presented with 25 to 30 scenarios and will get to choose one course of action from a list of multiple choices.

Remote video interview

You will receive a link and instructions on how to complete a video interview. You will be asked to respond to three to four capability questions over 15 to 20 minutes.

Attend an assessment centre

The recruiters at our assessment centres run a number of exercises and simulations 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, not against any other participant.

Applicants at assessment centres are typically asked to participate in a group activity, a role play and a written exercise. You will also complete a personality assessment and tests of reasoning ability and computer skills. 

Qualifying checks

You will undergo a number of checks, including reference checks and a police check. 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. Everyone is assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Before being made an offer, we'll also get in touch with you to arrange a health and physical assessment. Being a prison officer 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 (External link) or take our health self-assessment survey (External link) to see how you shape up.

Review your offer

The Department of Justice and Regulation will make an employment offer to you. If you accept, you should put in your notice with your current employer.

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). 

How's that all sound? If you're keen to start a job that will make a positive impact on your community, hit the button below and apply!

See current prison officer vacancies (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

Eleven of Victoria's prisons are run by our staff, as are 60+ Community Correctional Services (CCS) offices around the state