Prison Officer - Melbourne Assessment Prison and Courts | Melbourne - Western Metro

Prison Officer - Melbourne Assessment Prison and Courts

Application Close Date: 25-Jun-2019
Melbourne - Western Metro
Prison Officers
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Ongoing - full time
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Full time, ongoing prison officer vacancies - Melbourne Assessment Prison (MAP) and Courts

  • Located in Melbourne's CBD (near Southern Cross Station).
  • $55,256 - $70,958 per annum base starting salary plus super (+ additional penalties for evening and weekend shifts).
  • No qualifications or specific work experience in a similar industry is required. We hire from a range of different trades and backgrounds including hospitality and events, security, personal training, transport, automotive, construction and veterans.
  • We welcome individuals from all nationalities and age brackets. We encourage mature people with life experience to apply.
  • Eight-weeks paid training commences Monday, 16 September 2019.


We invite you to attend our upcoming information session

The role of a prison officer may be more suited to you than you expect, different from what you might expect, so we encourage you to register for one of our free information sessions. You'll hear about the experiences of current prison officers directly, and also be able to ask any questions you have about the job.

Preston - Saturday 22 June: 10.30am - 12pm Please click here to register


Attending an information session is not compulsory (but highly recomended). If you cannot attend your application is still welcomed and will not negatively impact your application.


Melbourne Assessment Prison (MAP)

  • State-run maximum security facility, housing only male prisoners.
  • The only prison in Victoria which is located in Melbourne's CBD and is a short walk from the Southern Cross station.
  • Has the highest ratio of prison officers to prisoners in the state.
  • There is a strong security and safety aspect in this role.
  • Generally, prisoners who arrive at MAP have a short term stay (average of five days).
  • Prisoners are either awaiting trial/ court hearing, an assessment, or are at MAP prior to being transferred to another prison within Victoria.

Press here to watch a short clip, which explains what it is like to work as a prison officer at MAP and Courts


Who we are looking for

  • People with energy, empathy and resilience. We hire mature prison officers with life experience – people who can find common ground with anyone.
  • You don't need to be big and strong in physique, your communication skills are your most powerful tool to gain respect from prisoners and de-escalate situations.
  • Life experience and maturity – having the ability to be strong role models for prisoners.
  • High energy levels and a reasonable level of fitness.
  • The ability to use computer systems and learn and adapt to new software and systems with training.
  • Self-confidence – having the initiative to make decisions quickly and take accountability for your actions.


Day-to-day responsibilities

  • Uphold the safety and security of those in custody, your team mates and visitors.
  • Patrols, prisoner head counts, lock downs, meetings with visitors, cell searches.
  • Work on a 24/7 rotating roster, with 9 hour shifts (morning, afternoon, and night) (additional penalty rates apply for evening and weekend shift hours).
  • Communicate and being approachable to prisoners. As this is often the first time being incarcerated, there are often many enquiries about processes, ie. How to organise visits, mail, medication, etc. Therefore, you will need to assist them to adapt to their new environment.
  • Work in a fast-paced environment, where you will often be on your feet and having to respond promptly to incidents.

Using computer to keep record of prisoner's case files.


Rostered shifts at MAP
You will typically work nine days per fortnight, where a typical shift length is 8.89 hours (unless required for overtime). You will also be required to work two out of three weekends, including rostered public holidays (penalty rates apply).

General shift times



Prison officers can also be required to work within the Courts

  • Work as a prison officer based at the Supreme Court of Victoria and the County Court of Victoria
  • Supervise and assist both male and female people in custody who are attending their court hearings
  • Work within daytime weekday hours
  • Provide supervision, security and escorts for all offenders that are being held in custody and scheduled to appear in court
  • Undertake searches and prisoner counts
  • File notes, incident and assessment reports.


 Courts roster

  • Monday to Friday only (no public holidays).
  • A typical shift length is 8 hours.
  • General shifts hours are 9am to 5pm.


Security Screening, Pre Service Medical and Physical Capability Assessments.

All successful candidates will need to complete the following Security checks below:

  • National Criminal Record Check (and fingerprints check)
  • Pre-employment security check
  • Vic Roads License Check (or interstate or overseas if applicable)
  • Victoria Police Check
  • All successful candidates will also be required to undergo Pre Service Medical and Physical Capability Assessments.
  • Please refer to the fact sheet attached for detailed information.
  • You must also hold 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).


New facial hair policy
All prison officers will be required (subject to a small number of exemptions) to be clean shaven for the purposes of, if required in an emergency, donning a breathing apparatus. Therefore, beards will no longer be permitted or moustaches that interfere with the seal of a breathing apparatus mask. 


Prison Officer Recruitment Process (can take up to 12 weeks)

1. Online application (must be completed by 11.59pm on the closing date).

2. Online questionnaire.

3. Video interview.

4. Assessment Centre, Safety and Security Checks.

5. Health and Physical Assessment.

6. Job Offer.

Squad commencement date: Monday, 16 September 2019.


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 Community Safety, 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.

**Please, note these prison officer vacancies are for external candidates only. If you are currently working as a prison officer with Corrections Victoria, the prisons recruitment team will be sending an email detailing the internal recruitment process.


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