Field Officer - Derrimut and Thomastown

At the Department of Justice and Community Safety, we’re looking for people who want to make a difference. People who take pride in their work. People who get things done. People who are committed to making Victoria a safer place.

We embrace diversity and strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. We’re all about recruiting the best people, regardless of gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or cultural background. If you think you can do the job and would be a good fit for our department, we’d love to hear from you.

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Casual/Temporary
Job Function: Prison and Corrective Services
Classification: CCP1
Work Location: North West Victoria
Reference: VG/S662_JUL24
Closing Date: 28-Jul-2024
Salary Range: $66,063 - $72,985
Job Duration: Casual
Attachments: Position Description - (CCP1) - Field Officer - Derrimut and Thomastown - Casual - July 2024.docx (Word, 538KB)

Contact: Irena Peraica on 0438 753 781

Position Details

  • Casual positions based across both Thomastown and Derrimut, focusing on Aboriginal-specific programs
  • Enjoy a variety of field work and office-based work
  • Earn a competitive $41.65 per hour plus weekend penalty rates
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Do you have great communication skills and want to be a role model to people hoping for a second chance? If you want to make time to help people get their lives back on track, read on.

Who are we?

Community Work and Partnerships We are responsible for the development of mutually beneficial partnerships with government agencies and non-government organisations so that offenders can undertake unpaid work as part of their community-based sentence imposed by the Courts of Victoria. Community work serves as a valuable way for offenders to pay back the community while also reconnecting and reintegrating into the community. We ensure offenders make genuine efforts to undergo rehabilitation, and we keep low risk offenders out of prison and help them contribute to the community.

What does a Field Officer do?

Your primary responsibility as a Field Officer will be to supervise a team of offenders at community work sites and other community work programs.  A field officer carries out many duties and functions, mainly the supervision of offenders completing community work tasks. Other responsibilities include performing site inspections, assess hazards, providing informed workplace health and safety advice, guidance and instruction; maintaining tools and equipment resister and ensuring repairs are undertaken. 

A day in the life of a Field Officer. . .

Your shift starts at a Justice Service Centre location where you collect a bus/ trailer with equipment. You then drive to a site to collect a group of offenders, where you will induct, instruct and transport them to a partner not-for-profit organisation in the community. Tasks for the day may involve graffiti removal, painting, litter collection, mowing and weeding. Your responsibility is to instruct the offenders to safely perform each task and monitor the work performed for the partner site before returning them to the drop off point and returning to your depot.

We are looking for individuals with various backgrounds and experience. Some desirable skills include:

  • You'll need to be able to communicate and demonstrate a range of tasks and ensure a safe environment for offender work teams.
  • Have a strong understanding of Occupational Health and Safety practices and their practical application.
  • Quickly build rapport in order to understand the motivations of others, identify issues and suggest courses of action appropriate to their needs.
  • Have demonstrated ability to manage conflict and strong problem-solving skills.
  • Model appropriate behaviours and attitudes to assist offenders to develop new skills and work practices.
  • Carpentry or handyman skills
  • Gardening landscaping or painting skills

Field Officers carry out a mixture of field work and office-based work, so it's important that you are able to demonstrate computer skills and written communication skills.

Transporting offenders is also a key part of the role and Field Officers will be required to drive a 12-seater bus with trailer. A full and current drivers' licence is essential for this position.

Community Work operates seven days per week and this role will be required to work on weekends. Weekend availability is required.

For more information about the role please contact Irena Peraica –Manager, Community Work and Partnerships on 0438 753 781.


How to apply

Please click the Apply button at the bottom of this advertisement. Applications should include a resume uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats. 

The assessment process will entail the following:

  • Answer a couple of questions in the application form upon submitting your resume
  • An interview
  • Reference checks
  • Medical and pre-employment security checks.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include reference checks, national police checks and misconduct screening. Dependant on the role, other checks may include VicRoads checks, drivers licence checks, medical checks, Working with Children Checks, and Declaration of Private Interests (for executive and responsible officer roles).

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.

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

Aboriginal candidates are encouraged to contact if they would like cultural support and guidance through the application process.

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