Prison Officer - Marngoneet Correctional Centre and Karreenga | South West - Victoria

Prison Officer - Marngoneet Correctional Centre and Karreenga

Application Close Date: 28-Feb-2019
South West - Victoria
Prison Officers
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Prison Officer – Marngoneet Correctional Centre and Karreenga, Lara (near Geelong) (casual and limited ongoing vacancies)

$32.60 per hour + super + penalties (for evening and weekend shifts)

Are you open to a career change that offers a sense of purpose, work/life balance and is highly respected in the community?

No qualifications or specific work experience in a similar industry required. We hire from a range of different industries and trades including landscaping, automotive, hospitality, retail, construction and manufacturing, and also those who are self employed to name a few!


We invite you to our information session!

You will hear from our prison officers, General Manager and staff, you will have the change to ask any questions you may have.

Saturday, 23 February from 10.30am to 11.30am in Geelong

To register, press here


About Marngoneet Correctional Centre and Karreenga

  • Marngoneet Correctional Centre is a 394-bed male medium security prison
  • Karreenga is an annex for protection prisoners, built in 2016 housing sentenced protection male prisoners
  • Designed to reduce offenders chance of re-offending offering a number of rehabilitation programs
  • Offers vocational services that increase the chance of prisoners employment upon release including TAFE and working in specific industries, including bakery, butcher, metalwork and horticulture.


Your day-to-day responsibilities as a prison officer include:

  • assisting with the safety and security of prisoners, your team mates and visitors
  • working shifts based on a 24/7 rotating roster (where penalty rates apply for evenings and weekend hours)
  • conducting regular patrols, searches and security related activities aligned with our policies and procedures that you will be trained in
  • working in an environment where you need to think on your feet, work autonomously, and also as part of a team
  • being a key contributor to making a positive influence on the prisoners you liaise with, and assisting these individuals reintegrate positively back into society on their release.            


What skills & experience do you need?

No previous experience in a similar role or any particular qualifications are required. We look for strong capabilities in the following areas:

  • maturity, life experience and self confidence: we value candidates who are of a mature: we have prison officers who work through to their retirement
  • strong verbal communication skills
  • conflict management and problem-solving - being able to identify and mitigate risk
  • having initiative and accountability
  • able to work as part of a team
  • able to think on your feet, and make decisions quickly and confidently
  • and an overall good and ethical character            


Casual prison officer positions explained

  • Maintain a balance between your career and your personal or other work commitments.
  • Get the opportunity to work in a large range of different areas within the prison, giving you a more holistic understanding of how the prison works.
  • Receive short notice shifts, from one to two days prior to ASAP.
  • Receive penalty rates when working evening and weekend shifts in addition to your hourly wage (however, no sick leave or additional annual leave accrued).
  • Chance to apply for other opportunities within the prison and Corrections, including permanent positions as they arise.
  • No guaranteed shifts (however, we are hiring to fill vacant positions in our casual pool due to operational requirements).

Requiring full time, ongoing, consistent work?

We are hiring a limited number of full-time, ongoing prison officer vacancies in this squad.



  • Full time paid hours 8 weeks paid training provided – with your new squad / team members.
  • Work in an open-plan modern campus style setting with large grass areas, working industries (bakery, metalwork, etc) in comparison to older more conventional prisons.
  • Six-monthly wage increases.
  • Personalised Professional Development Plans – opportunities for promotion and career progression both within Corrections Victoria and the Department of Justice and Community Safety - including industry officer roles; supervising and training prisoners specialty trades, such as woodwork, metalwork and landscaping.


Eligibility Requirements

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.


Pre-employment checks

At the final stages of the recruitment process, security checks are completed. It is important to disclose all relevant details as instructed in the forms we will provide.


These security checks include:

  • National Criminal Record Check (and fingerprints check)
  • Pre-employment security check
  • Vic Roads License Check (or interstate or overseas if applicable)
  • Victoria Police Check 


Pre-Service Medical and Physical Capability Assessment

Due to the potential physical requirements of the role you are required to have a healthy level of fitness. You are also required to pass a medical assessment for OH&S purposes.

For further information please refer to the medical and fitness document attached.


Applications close at 11.59pm AEDT, on Thursday, 28 February 2019. 

We review applications regularly, so don't hesitate in submitting your application!

For any specific enquiries, contact the Hudson prisons recruitment team on


Victorian Public Service Enterprise Agreement 2016 (for further information, press here)

*35.2    Shift allowances

The following shift allowances will be paid to a Shift Worker:

















Overall rate




(% of ordinary hourly rate)


Afternoon shift   -Monday to Friday – Full-time employee

Commence on or after   10:00am and before 8:00pm



Night shift -
    Monday to Friday – Full-time employee

Commence on or after   8:00pm and before 6:00am



Afternoon or night   shift -
    Monday to Friday – Part time employee

Commence on or after   6:00pm and before 8:00am




All hours on Saturday




All hours on Sunday



Public holiday

All hours on a public   holiday


Or   50% plus one day leave in lieu


Or   150% plus one day   leave in lieu

The continuous shift period allowances set out below will apply where the Employee is required to perform such duty continuously for a period exceeding four weeks. These allowances will not apply where, but for mutual agreement, the Shift Worker would be required to work rotating shift duty.         
















Overall rate




(% of ordinary hourly rate)


Monday to Friday -   Afternoon or night

Commence before 8:00pm   and work beyond 6:00am



Monday to Friday -   Afternoon or night

Between 8:00pm and   6:00am



Monday to Friday -   Afternoon or night

Commence between   8:00pm and 12 midnight for shift of at   least 8 hours



The shift allowances set out in this clause do not apply where an Employee receives shift allowances in accordance with clause 35.3.

For the purpose of computing shift allowances, a shift that finishes on the day after it commenced will be paid at the shift allowance applicable for the day upon which the majority of the Shift Work is worked.

At the Department of Justice and Community Services, 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.


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