Leading Field Officer - Warrnambool

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.

The department is committed to the safety and wellbeing of young people and recognises that young peoples’ rights need to be respected, their views welcomed and valued, and their concerns taken seriously and acted upon.

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.

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit justice.vic.gov.au/careers

We’re proud of the important work we do across Victoria. Want to be part of it?
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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Prison and Corrective Services
Classification: CCP2
Work Location: South West - Warrnambool
Reference: VG/0115_SEPT
Closing Date: 27-Sep-2022
Salary Range: $72,751 - $80,545
Job Duration: 1 May 2023
Attachments: Position Description - (CCP2) - 0115 - Leading Field Officer - Warrnambool - Fixed Term, Full Time - July 2022.docx (Word, 540KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Ian Radcliffe on 0447 816 676

Position Details

  • Make a positive impact on the safety of the community
  • Fixed term, full time (part time optional) position until 1 May 2023 based in Warrnambool
  • Attractive salary: $72,751 - $80,545 plus superannuation

Do you:

  • have strong leadership skills and have confidence in collaborating with a diverse range of people?
  • Have OH&S experience and skills?
  • want a rewarding role that gives you the opportunity to mentor others and be a positive role model?

If so, read on!

Who are we?

Community Work and Partnerships is one of four service delivery streams within Community Correctional Services (CCS) of the Department of Justice and Community Safety.  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. 

What does a Leading Field Officer do?

The Leading Field Officer carries out the duties and functions of a field officer including the supervision of offenders completing community work tasks. The Leading Field Officer is required to coach new Field Officers and induct them to the role. Co-supervision of field officers in conjunction with a senior officer may be required.  

Other responsibilities of this role include:

  • performing site inspections to assess hazards or assisting a Field Officer
  • providing informed workplace health and safety advice, guidance and instruction
  • maintaining a tools and equipment register and ensuring repairs
  • producing monthly stock reports and other written reports relevant to the work undertaken.  

The Leading Field Officer represents the Department in a professional and ethical manner at all times and promotes the rehabilitative benefits of community work programs to offenders to enhance community safety. In this role, you may liaise with community work partners on the operation of the program, working with the Regional Community Work Program Manager on new partner and project development. The role models appropriate behaviour to other staff and to offenders.

This role is full time, however part time (3-4 days per week) is also possible.

To be a successful Leading Field Officer, you will:

  • possess exceptional leadership, conflict management, problem solving and interpersonal skills with a focus on service excellence and developing others.  You will also be able to demonstrate empathy and cultural awareness.
  • be able to effectively communicate with various external stakeholders including community work partners, property owners and the general public while supervising community work. 
  • have relevant community work or experience with a range of equipment used on community work sites.
  • Have the ability to quickly build rapport in order to understand the motivations of others, identify issues and suggest courses of action appropriate to their needs.


  • A full and current driver licence is essential
  • An accredited qualification in Workplace Health and Safety is highly desirable
  • An accredited qualification in training and assessment, such as TAE, or competency units in workplace instruction, is desirable
  • prior to commencement you will be required to obtain a current Certificate II in First Aid.

Why work with us?

At the Department of Justice and Community Safety, we provide every person with the means to achieve their potential through ongoing learning and development opportunities in a diverse, equitable and supportive environment.

We look for people who are prepared to do their very best in line with our values and behaviours. Our values shape and influence how we recruit, train and develop our staff and build relationships with stakeholders.

We will also provide you with professional development opportunities, an employee assistance program, access to job opportunities across the Victorian Government, salary packaging and much more.


For all VPS employees, due to the new JSE policy, please apply through the JSE only to be considered for this position.

For this particular vacancy, priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.

How to apply

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

Please note:  When submitting your application online, there will be questions pertaining to a number of the position's Key Selection Criteria to which you are required to respond.

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

Please note that Leading Field Officers are required to complete and pass a health assessment as part of the recruitment process.


The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees consistent with the department's obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic). Therefore, there is a requirement that all DJCS employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to undertake duties outside of their homes.

Prior to commencement of employment with the department you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19.

Upon commencement of employment with the department you will be required to provide evidence that you have an up-to-date vaccination status within the timelines specified by the department into the DJCS Service Portal. This includes evidence of all doses of a COVID-19 vaccine required by the department (from time to time).

Acceptable evidence includes:

  1. COVID-19 digital certificate or ATAGI exemption certificate (available via your myGov account)
  2. Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account)

Other documentation outside the above will not be accepted as evidence of having received your COVID-19 vaccine doses.

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