Prison Officer - Barwon Prison | South West - Victoria

Prison Officer - Barwon Prison

Application Close Date: 28-Mar-2018
South West - Victoria
Prison Officers
Position Type:
Ongoing - full time
$52,713 - $67,692
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**Please, note these Prison Officer vacancies are only applicable to candidates who are not currently employed as a prison officer within Corrections Victoria.

**We do have a separate internal recruitment process for current prison officers. To apply, please refer to the internal advertisement on our Intranet Page.


Ongoing Prison Officer vacancies - Barwon Prison

  • Due to significant expansion and internal career growth we now have multiple full time ongoing positions available
  • Have a career that makes a positive difference to our community
  • We hire from a range of different industries including hospitality, retail, trades, farming and stay at home parents:  
  • Eight weeks paid practical and classroom squad training commences Monday, 18 June

To find out more, we invite you to attend one of our information sessions, where you can speak with our prison officers and staff and ask any specific questions you may have:

Tuesday, 20 March from 6pm to 7pm in Warun Ponds

To register, please press here

Saturday, 24 March from 10.30am to 11.30am in Geelong

To register, please press here

Ongoing (Permanent) Prison Officer positions

  • Working within a 24 hour,  7 day a week two week rotating roster (across morning, afternoon, and night shifts)
  • You are guaranteed full time working hours (on completion of your eight weeks paid training).
  • Receive penalty rates when working evening, Saturday and Sunday shifts in addition to your salary.
  • Six monthly salary increases
  • Accrue annual leave, sick leave and superannuation

Barwon Prison

  • Based in Lara, near Geelong
  • Maximum security with only male prisoners
  • Beds a maximum of 478 prisoners
  • Its design and structure is beneficial to obtain the highest safety, security and supervision of prisoners and staff
  • Some prisoners work in different work industries, such as woodwork, metalwork and in-house services such as in the canteen, barber shop and bakery.
  • Prisoners also have various physical exercise stations available, such as outdoor gyms to ensure health and wellness is maintained
  • Modern technology, including motion sensors, night cameras and iris scanners help keep staff feeling safe and confident conducting their work

Your day-to-day responsibilities include:

  • working on a 24/7 rotating roster (where penalty rates apply including for working evening and weekend hours).
  • 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
  • building strong working relationships with both staff and prisoners through your strong communication skills
  • being a key contributor to making a positive influence on the prisoners, treating each individual with respect and non-judgement
  • not passing judgement on a prisoner's crime; being maximum security some prisoner's offences; it is your responsibility to not pass judgement and treat all prisoners with the same respect as your colleagues
  • Leaving work at the door when you leave until you return - for both confidentiality and mental health

What skills & experience do you need?

We hire:

  • both males and females
  • all different ages including retirees
  • diverse cultures, backgrounds and religions
  • different working situations including changing careers and back to work after caring for children

No previous experience in a similar role or any particular qualifications are required. We hire from a variety of backgrounds including trades, farming, customer service, stay at home parents, hospitality, retail and customer service. 

We look for candidates that have:

  • life skills, experience and maturity; having the ability to be strong role models for prisoners
  • strong and adaptive verbal communication skills; being able to build rapport and earn trust with both staff and prisoners
  • conflict management and problem-solving abilities; using communication to de-escalate conflict as opposed to physical force when suitable
  • self-confidence - having the Initiative to make decisions quickly and take accountability for your actions
  • empathy and cultural awareness: treating each individual equally and with respect, without passing judgement or forming stereotypes
  • integrity; being honest with strong moral principals in addition to;
  • full working rights in Australia (an Australian Citizen, an Australian Permanent Resident or a New Zealand Citizen with permanent working rights at the time of your application).

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 refer to the attached documents for more info

Benefits of becoming a prison officer with Corrections Victoria

  • Penalty rates paid working night shifts, Saturdays and Sundays in addition to six monthly pay increments
  • Yearly salary increases based on meeting your performance requirements
  • Access to further education and ongoing training opportunities, including enrolment in Certificate III in Correctional Practice (Custodial). Once your certification is completed, you will be rewarded an additional salary increase.
  • Job security with guaranteed full time working hours; receiving superannuation, annual leave and sick leave
  • Able to plan social and personal activities around your working hours mainly remaining fixed across the rotating two week rotating roster
  • Eight weeks paid training: involving both practical and class room training, covering self-defence, cultural awareness, report writing & conflict management
  • Our experienced staff provide mentorship and guidance throughout your career with us
  • Your likeminded new team mates who will soon become your long term colleagues and friends throughout your long term career

Applications will be regularly reviewed up until the closing date, so please do not delay in submitting your application.

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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