Leading Field Officer - Ballarat

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

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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: Western - Ballarat
Reference: VG/7085_SEP
Closing Date: 09-Oct-2022
Salary Range: $72,751 - $80,545
Job Duration: Fixed Term, Full Time
Attachments: _Position Description - (CCP2) - 7085 - Leading Field Officer - Ballarat - Fixed Term, full time - September 2022.pdf (PDF, 227KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Brad Jarvis
0400 452 780

Position Details

  • Make a positive impact on the safety of the community
  • Fixed term, full time position until August 2023 based in Ballarat (chance of extension)
  • Attractive salary: $72,751 - $80,545 plus superannuation

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 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.

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.

How to apply
To apply just submit your CV.

For more information about the role please contact Brad Jarvis, Supervisor, Community Work and Partnerships on 0400 452 780.


The assessment process will entail the following:

  • Answer a couple quick questions in the application form upon submitting your CV
  • CV review and phone screen
  • An interview
  • Medical and pre-employment security check.

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

During the COVID-19 pandemic all our assessment processes will be facilitated remotely using online tools to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our candidates and staff. Should you progress through the process, the Recruitment Services Team will communicate with you as to which tool(s) will be used.

Please note that 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. Acceptable evidence includes:

  1. COVID-19 digital certificate (available via your myGov account)
  2. Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account) or
  3. A letter from the GP who vaccinated you.

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