Prison Officer Marngoneet and Karreenga - Casual | South West - Victoria

Prison Officer Marngoneet and Karreenga - Casual

Application Close Date: 01-Nov-2018
South West - Victoria
Prison Officers
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$53,503 - $68,707
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The Department of Justice and Regulation is now recruiting a new squad of both casual and ongoing prison officers to work at Marngoneet Correctional Centre and Karreenga prison.

Time for a career change-up? Make a positive impact on your community by becoming a prison officer in Lara, just outside Geelong.

  • Help Victoria remain a safe place to live by keeping our prisons secure and assisting offenders' rehabilitation.
  • No qualifications required. You will undertake a comprehensive paid, eight-week training program prior to service. We have had great prison officers come from teaching, retail, trades, construction, manufacturing, administation and medical professions.
  • Earn a fair hourly wage or annual salary, plus generous penalty rates for night, weekend and public holiday shifts.


Marngoneet Correctional Centre is located near Lara, approximately 70km west of Melbourne and accommodates around 550 prisoners. The name 'Marngoneet' is taken from the local Wathaurong community language and means 'to make new'. 
Karreenga houses up to 300 offenders in share-style accommodation, and sits adjacent to Marngoneet. The word 'Karreenga' is a Koori word meaning 'to grow'.

If your application is successful, you will work as a prison officer across both of these medium-security facilities.

Marngoneet and Karreenga are operated by the Department of Justice and Regulation, 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; and as prison officer, you will be a key player in helping us meet our goal.

Please watch the intro video below to learn more about Marngoneet Correctional Centre.

INFORMATION SESSIONS You may be surprised by what it's really like to be a prison officer, if you're comparing it to depictions in TV shows and movies. That's a reason we encourage you to register for one of our free information sessions. You'll hear about the experiences of current prison officers directly, and will also be able to ask any questions you have about the job. Please see the details below on upcoming sessions:

Thursday 18 October Leopold Sportsmans Club Leopold 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Please register here

Saturday 27 October Deakin University – Waurn Ponds Campus Waurn Ponds 10:30am – 12:00pm

Please register here

Attending an information session is not compulsory, and we still encourage you to apply if you can't make it along. 


The secure containment of offenders is a cornerstone of a safe Victoria. In addition to aiding this effort, prison officers also help offenders undergo rehabilitation, so they can return to the community less likely to re-offend and with better job prospects. This helps reduce crime and set past offenders on the path to making a positive contribution to our shared lives.


The benefits of this job don't stop at the camaraderie you will enjoy with your co-workers, or the gratification you'll feel from seeing positive rehabilitation results, you will also:

◉ Earn an hourly rate of $32.04 as a casual officer. Full-time officers earn between $53,503 and $68,707 per year. Even if you do not secure a full-time position initially, there will likely be opportunities to obtain full-time work in the future, should you want it and be performing well.

◉ Enjoy penalty rates paid on night shifts and weekends, and yearly wage/salary increases if you're performing up to standard.

◉ 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 also be accredited with a Certificate III in Custodial Services Practice.

◉ Access to further education and ongoing training opportunities, including a Certificate III in Custodial Services Practice. Personalised professional development plans will also guide you through your career with the Department of Justice and Regulation. 


To thrive in this job, you'll have energyempathy and resilience. We're not concerned about which gender you identify as, or if you've been a tradie, an accountant, a teacher or a retail assistant. We want prison officers with life experience – people who can find common ground with anyone. 

You should also 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 and believe in fair law and order.

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'll be responsible for your actions and take opportunities to raise new ideas. 

To be eligible for appointment as a prison officer with Corrections Victoria, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or hold Australian permanent residency. You must also possess a current full or minimum P2 Victorian driver's licence (or be eligible to possess one by the commencement date). You must also be willing to obtain a current first aid unit.

To learn more about what you'll do on the job, as well as the physical requirements, please go to 

Applications close at midnight, on Thursday 1 November. 

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

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