Prison Officer - Dhurringile Prison

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Department: Corrections Victoria
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Prison and Corrective Services
Classification: Cog2A
Work Location: North East - Shepparton
Reference: VG/DHUJUNE17
Closing Date: 03-Apr-2017
Salary Range: $51,041 - $65,544
Job Duration: Ongoing
Attachments: Prison Officer - Position Description.doc (Word, 869KB)


Position Details

  • Multiple full time ongoing positions available in our minimum security Dhurringile Prison
  • Start date of 19 June 2017
  • 8 weeks full time paid training provided – no specific experience is needed

Start your new career as a Prison Officer and make a positive difference to our community at our minimum security Dhurringile Prison.

  • Due to continued growth we now have multiple full time ongoing positions available
  • No specific experience required – transition your passion for helping the community to a new career
  • $51,041 - $52,076 base + super + overtime (penalty) rates

You’ll be able to use your life experience and great communication skills to not only supervise prisoners but contribute to their rehabilitation by providing leadership, advice, support and guidance. Most importantly, you have the potential to be the difference that helps prisoners turn their lives around and in most cases and prepare them to re-enter the community.

A background of Dhurringile Prison

Dhurringile Prison was originally built in 1877 as a homestead in one of Shepparton’s largest and most prominent farms. Since converting to a minimum security prison in 1965, Dhurringile Prison has kept its ‘open camp’ and farming community feel, where prisoners are expected to work in speciality trades such as dairy farming, woodwork and metalwork. You may be surprised that the prison has no walls, this is because there is respect and trust between the staff and prisoners. The prison officers understand that the individuals will soon be contributing members of society when released back into the community.

Your day-to-day responsibilities include:

  • having a positive influence on the prisoners you liaise with and being passionate about assisting these individuals reintegrate positively back into society.
  • engaging with a diverse range of prisoners in a positive, constructive and respectful manner
  • providing a safe and secure environment for prisoners, your team mates and visitors from a diverse range of backgrounds
  • assisting in achieving prisoner’s personal and professional goals in preparation for their transition back into our community
  • conducting regular patrols, searches and security related activities aligned with our policies and procedures
  • positively engaging, influencing and assisting prisoners to reintegrate positively back into society; ensuring that they maintain their legal, family and community ties.

Skills and experience required for the role

Your life experience is valued in this role. We know that good prison officers come from a variety of backgrounds and bring a range of work experience and skills.  No previous experience in a similar role or any particular qualifications are required. We also strongly encourage both females and males to apply.

We look for strong capabilities in the following areas:

  • Strong verbal communication and engagement skills
  • Professionalism, integrity and maturity – respecting both staff and prisoners as individuals
  • Conflict management and problem-solving
  • Influencing and negotiation
  • Self-confidence
  • Initiative and accountability
  • Empathy and cultural awareness

Security Screening, Pre Service Medical and Physical Capability Assessments

In order to be eligible for appointment to roles within Corrections Victoria which are prisons based or offender facing, applicants must be of good character and reputation and are thus subject to a number of pre-employment security checks.

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

To ensure all prison officers are capable of undertaking the physical requirements of the prison officer role, without injury to themselves or others, it is also a requirement to pass a pre service medical and physical capability assessment prior to employment at the end the of the recruitment process.

BMI requirements

We require our squad members to have a Body Mass Index (BMI) reading between 18.5 and 35. If your BMI is above 35, your waist measurement must be below 102 cm as a man or 85 cm as a woman to be eligible.

For further information, please refer to the below link:

Corrections Victoria value:

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

Benefits of working at Corrections Victoria

  • Full paid 8 weeks training provided – to ensure that you have the right skills to succeed
  • Inclusive and supportive environment with friendly work colleagues
  • Overtime (penalty rates) paid working night shifts and weekends and yearly performance-based salary increases
  • Personalised Professional Development Plans – opportunities for promotion and career progression both within Corrections Victoria and the Department of Justice and Regulation – also opportunities to take temporary assignments within the Department and other Government agencies
  • Salary packaging of superannuation


How to Apply

For further information on these vacancies and to apply online please, click apply now below

Online applications close Monday, 3 April at midday.

Come and find your potential within – you’ll be making a difference in your community. In return, you’ll receive encouragement, support and ongoing training to build a stable and rewarding career.

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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