Casual Prison Officer - Hopkins Correctional Centre

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Department: Department of Justice and Regulation
Work Type: Casual/Temporary
Job Function: Prison and Corrective Services
Classification: See Advertisement
Work Location: Western - Ararat
Reference: VG/1297355
Closing Date: 25-Oct-2017
Salary Range: See Advertisement
Job Duration: Casual
Attachments: Prison Officer - Position Description - Hopkins and LKK.doc (Word, 868KB)

Prison Officer Recruitment - Information Sheet.pdf (PDF, 9.03MB)

Pre-Service Medical and Physical Capability Assessment Fact Sheet.pdf (PDF, 287KB)

Contact: Prisons Recruitment Team
03 8684 0504

Position Details

Casual Prison Officer – Hopkins Correctional Centre

  • We accept all backgrounds and work industries – a diverse range of work experience are considered- we value maturity and life experience
  • Have a career that makes a positive difference to our community
  • $31.03 per hour (plus super plus penalty rates for evening and weekend shifts)

Hopkins Correctional Centre, Ararat low to medium risk security

  • One of our most recently revamped correctional centres with modern features and comfortable facilities.
  • Prisoners are required to work or study to remain in the prison. Industries available for prisoners to work and study in include metalwork, horticulture and various TAFE courses.

To find out more about these opportunities we invite you to attend one of our information sessions:


Saturday, 14 October from 11.30am to approx. 12.30pm

To register and receive your free ticket to this event please press on the link below:


Tuesday, 17 October from 7pm to approx. 8pm

To register and receive your free ticket to this event please press on the link below:

If you cannot attend please do cancel your ticket to allow enough seats for others.

Casual Prison Officer Opportunities

  • Maintain a balance between your career and your personal or other work commitments. Work in a large range of different areas within the prison
  • Receive 8 weeks full time paid practical and theoretical training - covering self-defence to culture awareness; graduating with a Certificate III in Correctional Practice (Custodial)
  • Gain a more holistic understanding of how the prison works.
  • Give your availability for work based on our two week rotating rosters
  • Also be offered short notice shifts
  • Receive penalty rates working evening and weekend shifts on top of your hourly wage. Apply for other opportunities within Corrections, including permanent positions as they arise.

Your day-to-day responsibilities include:

  • assisting with the safety and security of prisoners, your team mates and visitors.
  • working on a 24/7 rotating roster (where penalty rates apply).
  • conducting regular patrols, searches and security related activities aligned with our policies and procedures that you will be trained in.
  • building relationships with your team mates and other stakeholders, contributing towards a positive and enjoyable working environment.
  • being a key contributor to making a positive influence on the prisoners you liaise with, and being a key contributor to assisting these individuals reintegrate positively back into society on their release.

What skills & experience do you need?

No previous experience in a similar role or any particular qualifications are required. We look for strong capabilities in the following areas:

  • Maturity, life experience and self confidence
  • Various backgrounds and work experience valued
  • Verbal communication
  • Conflict management and problem-solving - being able to identify and mitigate risk
  • Having initiative and accountability
  • Empathy and cultural awareness
  • Professionalism - holding professional boundaries

Security Screening

These security checks will include:

  • National Criminal Record Check (and fingerprints check)
  • Pre-employment security check
  • Vic Roads License Check (or interstate or overseas if applicable)
  • Victoria Police Check

Pre Service Medical and Physical Capability Assessments

Please refer to the fact sheet attached for detailed information.

Benefits of working at Corrections Victoria

  • Full time hours 8 weeks paid training provided – where on completion you will be accredited your Certificate III in Correctional Practice (Custodial)
  • Penalty rates paid working night shifts and weekends and yearly hourly rate increases
  • Personalised Professional Development Plans – opportunities for promotion and career progression both within Corrections Victoria and the Department of Justice and Regulation

Working for Corrections Victoria

  • Our purpose is to contribute to safer communities by delivering a safe, secure and humane correctional system.
  • We do this through our offender management practices, actively engaging with offenders and the community to promote positive behavioural change and address social disadvantage.

We value:

  • Serving the community
  • Working together
  • Acting with integrity
  • Respecting other people

To apply press ‘Apply Online' button below.

Applications close Wednesday, 25 October at midnight.

At the Department of Justice and Regulation, our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve.  We continually seek to employ people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, with a disability, and varied cultural backgrounds. In addition, we have a firm commitment to increase participation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people across our workforce.

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