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Casual Prison Officers - Barwon Prison and Marngoneet Correctional Centre

Department of Justice & Community Safety - Lara, VIC

Government, Defence & Emergency
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Are you ready to make our community safer? Become a prison officer and equip people who have offended with the skills and confidence to make better choices. 

  • Join a high performing team with a rare set of skills and qualities – only some are good enough to be prison officers.
  • 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 apply.
  • Earn a good base rate plus generous penalty rates for night and weekend shifts.
  • Enjoy a secure job in the Victorian Public Service and have the opportunity to turn your casual job into full-time after training.

The Department of Justice and Community Safety is now recruiting new squads of casual prison officers for Barwon Prison and Marngoneet Correctional Centre.


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 maturitypatienceempathy, self-confidence and teamwork helps us achieve little victories that prove we're making a difference.

We are role models to the people in custody. We forge positive working relationships with prisoners and lead them in developing:

  • self-respect and respect for others
  • appropriate and pro-social behaviours
  • constructive goal setting
  • ownership of their actions
  • integrity and honesty.

We also help offenders access services that will improve their lives both while in custody and once released.


One of the many things we love about this job is being part of a high-performing tight-knit team. We have each other's backs through and through - when times are good and when they're tough.

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

  • As a casual, you can plan your job around your life while earning a base rate of $34 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.
  • Take advantage of secondment, higher duty and promotion opportunities regularly offered to top performing staff.

As an example of the diverse industries we recruit from, we currently have prison officers who have come from the following jobs:

  • Sales
  • Tradespeople
  • Managers
  • Retail and admin assistants
  • Wait staff / Bartenders
  • Healthcare and disability workers
  • Personal trainers
  • Customer service officers
  • Community workers and sports coaches
  • Army and Navy
  • Correctional officers
  • Truck drivers
  • Security guards / security officers
  • Construction workers

We welcome people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability and cultural background.

To become a prison officer, you will also need to pass a health and fitness assessment. To find out more about the process, your current fitness levels and the best ways to prepare, take our health assessment survey

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

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 prison officers. This support includes a culturally appropriate attraction and recruitment process. To learn more, email aboriginal.employment@justice.vic.gov.au

To learn more about what you'll do on the job, as well as the physical requirements, please go to www.correctionsjobs.vic.gov.au/prison-officers

Applications close at midnight, on Thursday 24 June 2021.

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