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Prison Officer - Metropolitan Remand Centre

Department of Justice & Community Safety - Ravenhall, VIC

Government, Defence & Emergency
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Are you ready to join a high performing team and make our community safer? Become a prison officer.

  • No corrections experience needed - a comprehensive fully paid eight-week training program will give you the skills you need.
  • People of all working and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to
  • Earn a good base rate plus generous penalty rates for night and weekend shifts.

The Department of Justice and Community Safety is now recruiting new squads of casual and full-time prison officers for Metropolitan Remand Centre (MRC) in Ravenhall.

Prison officers do two important things to help make Victoria safe: we keep prisoners, our team and the facility secure; and we help prisoners take steps to becoming more positive members of the community once they’re released.

Great prison officers never stop believing they can help people make a change for the better. The work can be confronting and difficult, and progress is often slow, but our maturity, patience, empathy, self-confidence and teamwork helps us achieve little victories that prove we’re making a difference.

We strongly encourage you to register for our free information session. You will hear about the direct experiences of current prison officers and be able to ask questions about the job. Please see details below:

Wednesday 3 March at 6pm
Register here

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

Prison officers have a special set of skills and qualities.

You need a real desire to empower people while setting boundaries and to believe that reoffending can be reduced by improving the choices prisoners make and equipping them to be positive and constructive members of the community.

You will also need maturity, energyempathy and resilience to handle the wide variety of tasks, people and challenges you’ll be presented with.

You will need to be confident in yourself but also ready to take advice and look for ways of increasing the effectiveness of your work every day.

One of the things we love about this job is being part of a high-performing tight-knit team. The job can take its toll physically and mentally, but we always remain part of a group committed to keeping everyone in the facility safe and helping people who have offended make better choices in the future. Knowing that we’re doing valuable work every day is our greatest reward. 

The benefits of this job don’t stop at working with your new team and having the chance to make a difference:

  • Earn a base rate annual salary of $56,786 - $72,922 plus super as a full-time prison officer, working on a 24-hour rotating roster. Weekend and public holiday work is a frequent necessity.
  • As a casual, you can plan your job around your life while earning a base rate of $34.00 per hour plus super. You’re the one who sets your availability, so we’ll contact you when shifts need to be covered.
  • Enjoy generous penalty rates on night shifts, weekends and public holidays paid in addition to salary. These benefits can significantly increase your take home pay.
  • Make a career change without the expensive course! You will undergo eight weeks of paid full-time training (paid at $55,011 per annum pro rata). By the end, you will feel confident and well equipped to begin your new job and continue working towards Certificate III accreditation in Custodial Services Practice.

To learn more about what we love about being prison officers, please click APPLY and read the full job advertisement. To read interviews with current prison officers, explore our facilities and understand the physical requirements of the role, go to www.correctionsjobs.vic.gov.au/prison-officers

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Don’t know if you’ve got the right experience to be a prison officer? You might be surprised how your work has set you up to thrive. Just for an example of the diverse industries we recruit from, we currently have prison officers who have come from the following jobs:

  • Retail and admin assistants
  • Wait staff / Bartenders / Chefs
  • Receptionists > Nurses and disability workers
  • Personal trainers
  • Customer service officers
  • Self-employed and small business owners
  • Army and Navy
  • Cleaners
  • Correctional officers
  • Truck drivers
  • Security guards / security officers
  • Construction workers

Applications close at midnight, on Thursday 11 March 2021.

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

Ravenhall, VIC

Government, Defence & Emergency


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