Casual Prison Officer - Marngoneet Correctional Centre and Karreenga Annexe | Geelong

Casual Prison Officer - Marngoneet Correctional Centre and Karreenga Annexe

Application Close Date: 02-Aug-2017
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Casual Prison Officer – Marngoneet Correctional Centre and Karreenga Annexe

  • No day is  the same – get exposure to all areas of Marngoneet Correctional Centre and our newest facility, Karreenga Annexe
  • We accept all backgrounds and cultures – no specific work experience is required - we value maturity and life experience
  • Have a career that makes a positive difference to our community
  • $31.03 per hour for casual roles (+ super + penalty rates for evening and weekend shifts)

Make a difference to the community in our low to medium risk prisons based in Lara, near Geelong. Paid training commences in October.

We invite you to attend one of our information sessions in Geelong to meet with staff members of Marngoneet and Karreenga in addition to our recruitment team:

Date and time: Tuesday, 18 July from 6:30pm - 7.30pm

Please press on the link below to register:

Date and time: Saturday, 29 July from 11am - 12pm

Please press on the link below to register:

Please only register for one event due to limited seating. If you can no longer attend please cancel your ticket in order to free up spaces for others. If you have friends or family coming with you, please also ensure that they register.


Marngoneet Correctional Centre is a medium security prison. It's designed to reduce re-offending by offering a number of rehabilitation and vocational programs including employment education to increase opportunities for prisoners on release.

The physical design of Marngoneet is different to a maximum security prison. It promotes normal living conditions, shaping social interaction, where prisoners are provided living units. Marngoneet Correctional Centre promotes prisoners to improve and gain personal and social responsibility.

The design includes industry, education programs from TAFE, recreation and program facilities that provide prisoners with a setting that supports security, safety, learning and behaviour change.

The Karreenga Annexe, offically opening in October last year is also open plan and one of our most modern facilities. Prisoners get taught and work in a range of industries, where we work with the Box Hill Institute to offer a range of courses to prepare prisoners for getting employment once released. Employment opportunities include in our on-site bakery and butchery, which provides meals for prisoners and staff.

As a casual prison officer you will be working in both the Marngoneet Corectional Centre and the new Karreenga Annexe, increasing your opportunity for more shifts.

  • You will discover that no two days are the same. Most importantly, you have the potential to be the difference that helps prisoners turn their lives around and in many cases, prepare them to re-enter the community.
  • Our professional, safe and healthy environment will see you ready to deal with whatever challenges the day may bring. Your high level of resilience and confidence means you take any setbacks in your stride.
  • 8 weeks paid training with your new team mates ensures that you have the skills required; your practical and class room training includes;

             - self-defence

             - cultural awareness

             - report writing &;

             - conflict management

As a casual prison officer, you are able to maintain a balance between your career and your personal or other work commitments. You get the opportunity to work in a large range of different areas within the prison, giving you a more holistic understanding of how the prison works.

  • Request shifts two weeks in advance based on our two week rotating rosters
  • Have warning about shifts so you can plan ahead
  • Opportunites for late notice shifts, from one to two days prior to as soon as possible.
  • Receive penalty rates for working evening and weekend shifts on top of your hourly wage.
  • Opportunity to apply for other opportunities within the prison and Corrections, including permanent positions as they arise.

Your day-to-day responsibilities include:

  • assisting with the safety and security of prisoners, your team mates and visitors.
  • working on a 24/7 rotating roster (where penalty rates apply).
  • being assigned a caseload of prisoners; to assist them in achieving their personal and professional goals. You will be required to liaise with other areas of the department when required such as different programs to assist in each prisoner's individual goals.
  • being involved in your assigned prisoner's Individual Management Plans, ensuring that the programs they are participating in are linked to their needs and goals.
  • conducting regular patrols, searches and security related activities aligned with our policies and procedures that you will be trained in.
  • building relationships with your team mates and other stakeholders, contributing towards a positive and enjoyable working environment.
  • being a key contributor to making a positive influence on the prisoners you liaise with, and being a key contributor to assisting these individuals reintegrate positively back into society on their release.

What skills & experience do you need?

Your life experience is valued in this role. We know that good prison officers come from a variety of backgrounds and bring a range of work experience and skills.  No previous experience in a similar role or any particular qualifications are required. We also strongly encourage both females and males to apply. We look for strong capabilities in the following areas:

  • Verbal communication
  • Conflict management and problem-solving
  • Influencing and negotiation
  • Self-confidence     
  • Initiative and accountability
  • Empathy and cultural awareness
  • Professionalism, integrity and maturity

Benefits of working at Corrections Victoria

  • Full time hours 8 weeks paid training provided – where on completion you will be accredited your Certificate III in Correctional Practice (Custodial)
  • Penalty rates paid working night shifts and weekends and yearly performance-based salary or hourly rate increases
  • Personalised Professional Development Plans – opportunities for promotion and career progression both within Corrections Victoria and the Department of Justice and Regulation – also opportunities to take temporary contracts within the Department and other Government agencies

Security Screening and Pre Service Medical and Physical Capability Assessments

In order to be eligible for appointment to roles within Corrections Victoria which are prisons based or offender facing, applicants must be of good character and reputation and are thus subject to a number of pre-employment security checks.

These security checks will include:

  • National Criminal Record Check (and fingerprints check)
  • Pre-employment security check
  • Vic Roads License Check (or interstate or overseas if applicable)
  • Victoria Police Check

To ensure all prison officers are capable of undertaking the physical requirements of the prison officer role, without injury to themselves or others, it is a requirement to pass a pre service medical and physical capability assessment prior to employment at the end the of the recruitment process.

Please click on the link below to find out more about the benchmarks and how to prepare for the health assessment:

Working for Corrections Victoria

Our purpose is to contribute to safer communities by delivering a safe, secure and humane correctional system.

We do this through our offender management practices, actively engaging with offenders and the community to promote positive behavioural change and address social disadvantage.

We value:

  • Serving the community
  • Working together
  • Acting with integrity
  • Respecting other people

Applications will be regularly reviewed up until the closing date.

Come and find your potential within – you'll be making a difference in your community. In return, you'll receive encouragement, support and ongoing training to build a rewarding career.

At the Department of Justice and Regulation, our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve.  We continually seek to employ people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, with a disability, and varied cultural backgrounds. In addition, we have a firm commitment to increase participation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people across our workforce.

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