Prison Officer - Hopkins Correctional Centre and Langi Kal Kal Prison | Western - Ararat

Prison Officer - Hopkins Correctional Centre and Langi Kal Kal Prison

Application Close Date: 28-Jun-2018
Western - Ararat
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Prison officer vacancies – Hopkins Correctional Centre and Langi Kal Kal Prison 

  • Casual vacancies - squad training commences 17 September
  • Start a career that makes a positive difference to our community
  • $30.09 per hour (plus super plus penalty rates for evening and weekend shifts)

Use your maturity, life experience and expertise towards a meaningful career as a prison officer.

Due to expansions and internal promotions, we are recruiting casual prison officers for Hopkins Correctional Centre in Ararat and Langi Kal Kal prison in Trawalla, based in the Grampians region.


Free public information sessions

To find out more about these vacancies, 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.

Saturday 23 June from 10.30am in Ballarat.  Click here to register


Casual Prison Officer at Corrections Victoria

  • maintain a balance between your career and your personal or other work commitments
  • work in a large range of different areas within the prison
  • receive eight weeks full-time paid practical and theoretical training covering a range of activities from self-defense to culture awareness
  • give your availability to work based on our two-week rotating rosters. Also be offered short noticeshifts
  • receive penalty rates working evening and weekend shifts on top of your hourly wage.
  • apply for other opportunities within Corrections Victoria, including permanent positions as they arise.


Duties and responsibilities

As a prison officer with Corrections Victoria, you are a positive role model to the prisoners.  Aiming to give prisoners the best chance to become a contributing member of the community upon their release.


Your tasks will include:

  • providing a safe and secure environment for prisoners, your team-mates and visitors
  • being sensitive to the needs of people from a diverse array of backgrounds
  • assisting in achieving a prisoner's personal and professional goals
  • conducting regular patrols, searches and security-related exercises
  • being respectful towards not only your colleagues but also the prisoners, treating prisoners the way you want to be treated is vital.


About Hopkins Correctional Centre, Ararat

  • minimum to medium security facility
  • holds male prisoners with protection requirements, including a number of individuals in prison due to sexual offences
  • one of our most recently revamped correctional centres with modern features and comfortable facilities
  • large facility with spacious grounds, including horticultural gardens and lawns
  • prisoners are required to work or study to remain in the facility. Industries available for prisoners to work and study include metalwork, horticulture and various TAFE courses.

 Press here  to watch our latest video about what it's like to work at Hopkins Correctional Centre.

About Langi Kal Kal Prison, Trawalla

  • minimum security facility
  • holds male prisoners who require a level of protection from the general prisoner population
  • farm-based setting, focusing on preparing offenders for reintegration back into the community on release
  • prisoners are expected to work full-time. Industries include agriculture, horticulture, farming and woodwork
  • there are many communal areas to promote interaction amongst the prisoners. This assists in their transition back into society.

 Press here to watch our latest video about what it's like to work at Langi Kal Kal Prison.

Who we are looking for

We hire from a range of different industries, backgrounds and age brackets. Some of our top performing and well respected prison officers are aged in their 50s and 60s. Therefore, mature-aged candidates are also encouraged to apply!


We look for candidates who:

  • have strong verbal communication.  This is the strongest weapon our prison officers have - having the ability to de-escalate a situation through your      negotiation and verbal reasoning skills is vital (as opposed to de-escalating a situation with force or power tactics)
  • are empathetic, non-judgmental and have cultural awareness
  • are professional, have integrity and maturity
  • have sound conflict management and problem-solving
  • are self-confident and
  • take initiative, ownership and accountability.


  • You must also have full working rights in Australia (be an Australian Citizen, an Australian Permanent Resident or a New Zealand Citizen with permanent working rights at the time of your application).
  • You also must be available to work full time business hours for the eight-week paid training (commencing Monday, 17 September).


Security Screening

Part of the recruitment process includes completing the below security checks:

National Criminal Record Check (and fingerprints check)
Pre-employment security check
VicRoads license check (or interstate or overseas, if applicable)
Victoria Police Check

Please note, we do not automatically reject applicants from the process who have disclosed offences in their application process.

Each disclosure is reviewed on an individual basis; your application can still be successful after disclosing an offence and/or affiliations (depending on the specific offence or affiliation). Your honesty and integrity however, is critical.  If you fail to disclose any of your offences or affiliations, your application will be rejected.

Pre-Service Medical and Physical Capability Assessments -
please refer to the fact sheet attached


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 wearing a breathing apparatus if required in an emergency.
  • Therefore, beards will no longer be permitted or moustaches that interfere with the seal of a breathing apparatus mask.


Benefits of becoming a prison officer with Corrections Victoria:

  • yearly, hourly rate 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 with an additional hourly rate increase
  • eight weeks full-time paid training (commences Monday, 17 September) involving both practical and classroom training. Covering self-defense, cultural awareness, report writing and conflict management.
  • begin your career with a squad of like-minded, new prison officers who will soon become your friends throughout your career with Corrections Victoria
  • Work within a safe work environment with the latest safety and security procedures
  • maintain a balance between your career and personal commitments working on a casual roster
  • receive penalty rates working evening and weekend shifts on top of your hourly wage and
  • apply for other opportunities within Corrections Victoria, including permanent positions as they arise.


Our Recruitment Process (can take up to 12 weeks)

  • Online application (must be completed by 11.59pm on the closing date)
  • Online assessment
  • Video interview
  • Assessment Centre, Safety and Security Checks
  • Health and Physical Assessment
  • Job Offer
  • Squad training commencement date Monday, 17 September 2018


Applications close at 11.59pm on the closing date advertised. We will be regularly reviewing these up until the closing date, so please do not delay in submitting your application.

For any specific enquiries regarding these vacancies, please contact the Hudson Prison Recruitment Team on


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. If you identify, we encourage you to contact our Koori Employment Team on 03 8684 1751.


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