Project Support Officer - Chisholm Road Prison | South West - Victoria

Project Support Officer - Chisholm Road Prison

Application Close Date: 23-Sep-2020
South West - Victoria
Community Corrections
Position Type:
Ongoing - full time
$68,884 - $83,640
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  • Be part of the founding team of Victoria's largest public prison
  • Utilise and expand your experience in project delivery and support
  • Earn $68,881 - $76,263 per year (VPS 3) plus 9.5 superannuation  

This is a rare opportunity to be part of something truly exciting! The Department of Justice and Community Safety (the department) is looking to appoint a Project Support Officer to support the General Manager and Manager Planning and Prison Services of the new maximum-security prison in development near Geelong.  

 A new prison for Barwon South West 

Opening in 2022, Chisholm Road Prison will be Victoria's largest government operated prison. This maximum-security facility will accommodate 1,248 male prisoners, including remand, general sentence and protection prisoners. Chisholm Road will join neighbouring prisons in Lara, Barwon Prison and Marngoneet Correctional Centre, in forming the Barwon Prisons Precinct.

The vision we have is of a custodial facility that applies world leading practice in prison design, leadership, technology, people and culture, and operations to achieve the best of outcomes for prisoners while helping make our communities safer. Chisholm Road will develop and implement a strengthened approach to working with the local community and increasing employment opportunities,  including a strengthened approach to Closing the Gap.

We are seeking a team with drive and compassion, and who have culturally appropriate ideas and great character. This is your opportunity to help make a difference! 

 As the Project Support Officer you will be: 

Reporting to the Planning and Prison Services Manager, you will provide project support through the operational development and commissioning of the prison. Once operational, you will provide ongoing project and administrative support to both the Planning and Prison Services Manager and General Manager.  As the Project Support Officer you will assist in the delivery of projects that are culturally appropriate and responsive.

The Project Support Officer will be responsible for providing secretariat support to the leadership team by co-ordinating meetings and workshops, developing and maintaining project administration systems, liaising with project stakeholders, preparing a range of project documents and assisting in risk and issue management.

This is an Aboriginal Identified position. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

For more details on what else you can expect to do on the job, and understand more about our selection criteria, please consult the position description. 

What's in it for you 

A job like this doesn't come around often. If you are to thrive in this role, the chance to help shape a huge workplace that does important work for Victorians should thrill you. There are many other advantages in working for the Department of Justice and Community Safety at large, as well, including: 

 A fair salary – enjoy great work conditions and salary sacrificing options for superannuation and motor vehicles. 

Transparent performance framework – approach your work with confidence in how you're tracking, working to professional development plans with performance-based salary increases. 

Free access to mental health service – personal and confidential counselling support on personal and work-related issues. 

Generous leave entitlements – provisions for many forms of leave; including personal, parental, carers, study, cultural, compassionate and sick leave. 

Click here to discover more benefits of working for the department.

If this job sounds like an exciting challenge you would love to take on, then we encourage you to apply now. 

If you have any queries, please contact Sally Alacqua –

The Department of Justice and Community Safety is continually working towards increasing our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Aboriginal) workforce. The Aboriginal Employment Team aims to attract, recruit and retain Aboriginal staff in a number of roles, including those in management. This support includes a culturally appropriate attraction and recruitment process. To learn more, click here .

Successful candidates will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening. 

Applications will be regularly reviewed up until the closing date, so please do not delay in submitting your application. 

During the COVID19 crisis all of our assessment processes will be facilitated remotely using various online tools to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our candidates and staff members. If you are invited to an interview, the Recruitment Services Team will confirm which online tool will be used. No face to face contact is required and induction training will also be completed online for those who are successful in securing a position with us. 

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