Prison Officer - Marngoneet Correctional Centre | Geelong

Prison Officer - Marngoneet Correctional Centre

Application Close Date: 30-Jan-2020
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New year, new career? If you're keen to make a positive impact on your community, you should consider becoming a prison officer.


  • Help Victoria remain a safe place by keeping our prisons secure and supporting offenders through rehabilitation.
  • No qualifications required - a comprehensive, fully paid, eight-week training program will equip you with the skills you need
  • Casual roles available with a good hourly rate or salary and generous penalty rates for night and weekend shifts.

The Department of Justice and Community Safety is now recruiting a new squad of casual prison officers for Marngoneet Correctional Centre to commence paid training in April 2020.


“If you want to work with people, at the coalface, to help them unpack the underlying issues that are resulting in them coming into custody, this is the job for you.” – Emma Cassar, Commissioner, Corrections Victoria

Prison Officers play an important part in the secure containment of offenders, which is a cornerstone of a safe and just Victoria. However, your responsibilities and influence extend far beyond this as an officer at m=Marngoneet. You will also aim to help offenders gain better prospects and lifeskills for the future through case management so that, once released, they can make a constructive contribution to the community.

Prison Officers play an important part in the secure containment of offenders, which is a cornerstone of a safe and just Victoria. However, your responsibilities and influence extend far beyond this as an officer at Marngoneet. You will also aim to help offenders gain enriched prospects and life skills through case management sessions so that, once released, they can make a constructive contribution to the community.



  • Casual prison officers earn an hourly rate of $33.09 plus superannuation and generous penalty rates paid on night shifts and weekends.
  • Eight weeks of paid full-time training at $32.05 per hour. By the end of the program, you will be well equipped to begin your new job. You will also be accredited with a Certificate III in Custodial Services Practice.
  • Secondment, higher duty and promotion opportunities regularly offered to top performing staff.

“You start off at the bottom of the tree, but then all of a sudden these new branches start opening up, and there are so many directions you might go. If you're showing potential, the Department is always keen to push you in new directions.” – Wayne, Senior Prison Officer  



“We need respectful and non-judgemental officers. If you're respectful to the prisoners, usually you'll find that respect is returned. If you can have a constructive working relationship together, it makes the job a lot easier.” – Rob, Prison Officer

To thrive as a prison officer, you'll need energy, empathy and resilience. We're not concerned about which gender you identify as, or if you've worked in hospitality, sales, administration, construction or security; or been a labourer, a teacher or retail assistant. We want prison officers with life experience – people who can find common ground with anyone.

You should also possess:

  • Strong verbal communication – the ability to de-escalate a situation purely through conversation
  • 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've learned as best practice to the scenario
  • Initiative and accountability – you won't pass the buck if you know you should be contributing. You'll be responsible for your actions and take opportunities to raise new ideas

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.

We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people to apply

The Department of Justice and Community Safety is continually working towards increasing its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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

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

Thursday 16 January
6:15 – 7.30 pm 
Bisinella Community Centre

Please click here to register

Attending an information session is not compulsory, and we encourage you to apply even if you can't attend.

To learn more about what you'll do on the job, the application process, and essential physical requirements, please go to

Applications close at midnight on Thursday30 January 2020

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


Marngoneet Correctional Centre (Marngoneet) and its annex, Karreenga, are medium security men's prisons based just outside of Geelong. They are operated by the Department of Justice and Community Safety, which is one arm of the Victorian Public Service, a recognised top employer of choice nationally. All of our staff work to the vision of a safe, just, innovative and thriving Victoria. As a prison officer, you will be a key player in helping us meet our goal.

Marngoneet features both single-man cell and shared accommodation, while the Karreenga annex has self-catered, cottage-style accommodation. The name 'Marngoneet' is taken from the local Wathaurong community language and means 'to make new', while the word 'Karreenga' pays respect to the local Wadawurrung Community and is a Koori word meaning ‘to grow'.

We hope to meet you soon!

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