Prison Officer - Dhurringile Prison | North East - Shepparton

Prison Officer - Dhurringile Prison

Application Close Date: 09-Jul-2020
Location:
North East - Shepparton
Category:
Prison Officers
Position Type:
Ongoing - full time
Salary/Rate:
$55,256 - $70,958
Job Reference:
DOJ/DHUSEPT20
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Are you ready for a career change that will make a positive impact within your community? You should consider becoming a prison officer.

  • Make sure Victoria remains a safe place to live by helping offenders prepare for a positive return to the community.
  • No experience needed. Get paid to train – enjoy a comprehensive fully paid eight-week training program before your first day on the job.
  • People of all professional and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
  • Earn a good base salary or hourly rate plus generous penalty rates for night and weekend shifts.

The Department of Justice and Community Safety is now recruiting a new squad of full-time and casual prison officers to work at Dhurringile Prison.

 “If you want a job where you can work with people and really look at helping them unpack those underlying issues that are resulting in them coming into custody, this is the job for you.”
– Emma Cassar, Commissioner, Corrections Victoria

IT'S IMPORTANT WORK

To be a great prison officer, you must truly believe you can help people make changes for the better. Your maturity, compassion and ability to set a great example could have a major impact on the lives of the offenders you will be working with at Dhurringile Prison (Dhurringile), many of whom will soon be returning to the community.

INFORMATION SESSIONS

We encourage you to attend an information session to learn more about being a prison officer directly from a prison officer! Our recruitment team will also be available to answer any questions you may have. These sessions are currently run online via Zoom.

Thursday, 2 July 
7pm - 8pm

Click here to register

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU

Great prison officers tend to thrive on working closely with all kinds of people, and our staff tell us they love coming to work and feeling a part of a real team with a common goal.  

There are many other benefits too, including the ability to:

◉ Earn a base rate annual salary of $55,256 - $70,958 working full time hours on a 24-hour rotating roster. Casuals earn $32.60 per hour.

◉ Enjoy generous penalty rates on night shifts, weekends and public holidays paid in addition to salary. These benefits can significantly increase your take home pay. Weekend and public holiday work is a frequent necessity for all full-time prison officers, so you need to be prepared to plan your personal life around your job. Meanhwhile, casual officers have greater flexibility to plan their job around their personal lives.

Make a career change without the expensive course! You will undergo eight weeks of paid full-time training. By the end of the program, you will feel confident and well equipped to begin your new job. You will still have so much more to learn, though, and will continue working towards Certificate III accreditation in Custodial Services Practice.

◉ Take advantage of access to secondment, higher duty and promotion opportunities regularly offered to top performing staff.

“The feeling that I'm doing something good for the community and trying to make a difference in someone's life makes me happy.”
– Wayne, Prison Officer

There are many other advantages in working for the Department of Justice and Community Safety at large, as well, including:

Transparent performance framework – approach your work with confidence in how you're tracking, working to a professional development plan agreed on by you and your manager.

Generous leave entitlements – provisions for many forms of leave; including personal, parental, carers, study, cultural, compassionate and sick leave.

Employee Assistance Program support – you are encouraged to use this short-term, confidential counselling service if you're experiencing emotional stress, relationship problems, conflict with others or personal issues.

Financial and retirement planning – the chance to sit down with a counsellor, as well as attend superannuation consultations, to develop strategies to meet your financial goals for the future.

We welcome people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability and cultural background.

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. The Aboriginal Employment Team aims to attract, recruit and retain Aboriginal staff in a number of roles, including prison officers, community corrections officers and field officers. This support includes a culturally appropriate attraction and recruitment process. To learn more, click here or email aboriginal.employment@justice.vic.gov.au.

WHAT SKILLS SHOULD A PRISON OFFICER HAVE?

To thrive in this job, you will need maturity, energyempathy and resilience. We're not concerned if you have been a tradie, a stay-at-home parent, a teacher, a retail assistant or something else entirely.

However, you should definitely possess:

Strong verbal communication – you have the ability to de-escalate a situation purely through your negotiation and verbal reasoning.

Professionalism – you have integrity and maturity. You respect the importance of doing your work thoroughly.

Conflict management and problem-solving skills – you will encounter conflict and problems regularly, so you need to be able to think on your feet, adapting what you know as best practice to the scenario.

Initiative and accountability – you won't pass the buck if you know you should be contributing. You will be responsible for your actions and take opportunities to raise new ideas. 

Just for an example of the diverse industries we recruit from, we currently have prison officers who have come from the following jobs:

  • Retail and admin assistants
  • Wait staff / Bartenders
  • Healthcare and disability workers
  • Personal trainers
  • Customer service officers
  • Case workers
  • Self-employed and small business owners
  • Army and Navy
  • Private correctional officers
  • Truck drivers
  • Teachers
  • Security guards / security officers
  • Construction workers

ELIGIBILITY

  • To be eligible for appointment as a prison officer in a Corrections Victoria facility, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or hold Australian permanent residency. You must also possess a current Victorian driver's license (minimum P2 category) and be willing to obtain a current first aid certificate.
  • There are certain jobs that present conflicts of interest with the work of a prison officer, including some roles in security. It is best to chat to the recruitment team at an assessment centre about any work you would wish to continue doing if appointed.
  • Successful candidates will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening.
  • To become a prison officer, you will also need to pass a health and fitness assessment, which you can learn about here. You should not apply until you are confident you can meet the benchmarks in this test.

ABOUT DHURRINGILE PRISON

Dhurringile is a minimum-security correctional facility in North-East Victoria. It is situated around 20 minutes out of Shepparton and two hours from Melbourne by car. Dhurringile is a ‘transition prison', which means prisoners here are serving the final portion of their sentence and about to return home.

This a very different facility from the maximum-security prisons you may be familiar with from TV shows. Dhurringile is based on a large farm, and while there are many security provisions, there are no high walls. This arrangement, along with the wide variety of accommodation types – including self-catered shared housing – intends to simulate a normal life in the community, which helps prisoners prepare for a smooth re-integration.

To discover more about what you will do on the job, as well as the physical requirements, please go to www.correctionsjobs.vic.gov.au/prison-officers. 

Applications close at midnight, Thursday 9 July. 

Candidates will be regularly reviewed up until the closing date, so please apply as soon as possible.

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