Prison Officer - Hopkins Correctional Centre and HM Prison Langi Kal Kal

At the Department of Justice and Community Safety, we are 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: Various
Job Function: Prison and Corrective Services
Classification: Cog2A
Work Location: Western - Ararat
Reference: VG/HOPFEB23
Closing Date: 09-Oct-2023
Salary Range: $58,358 - $74,941
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position Description - Prison Officer - COG1 2a - 2022.pdf (PDF, 225KB)

Recruitment Process_Prison Officer_Fact Sheet_2022.pdf (PDF, 156KB)

Health Assessment_Prison Officer_Fact Sheet_2022.pdf (PDF, 164KB)

Contact: Prisons recruitment

Position Details

Prison officers equip prisoners with the skills they need to build a better future. If you're a good communicator and enjoy achieving positive outcomes, then you have the qualities needed to make a great prison officer.

Whatever work background you're from – retail, hospitality, administration, construction, education, healthcare, manufacturing or community services (to name a few) - your experience has already set you up to succeed in this role.

What's in it for you

  • Earn $58,358 - $74,941 + super as a full-time prison officer working on a rotating roster
  • Enjoy job security and the satisfaction of making a real difference
  • 41 days paid full-time training
  • Complete a Certificate III in Correctional Practice (Adult Custodial)
  • Generous penalty rates on night shifts, weekends and public holidays


  • Be a positive influence on prisoners
  • Protect the safety and security of staff and prisoners
  • Help build an enjoyable working environment

The skills prison officers have

To thrive in this job, you will need to be an effective communicator with a good level of empathy and resilience. Integrity and honesty are vital qualities, along with professionalism, situational awareness and the ability to follow procedures. You will also need to have emotional intelligence so you can be a consistent role model who makes considered decisions under pressure.


  • Be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or hold Australian permanent residency.
  • Hold a current Victorian driver's license (minimum P2 category) and be willing to obtain a first-aid certificate.
  • Undergo pre-employment checks that may include national police checks, misconduct screening and traffic offences.
  • A level of health and fitness is required. Learn more by taking a close look at this fact sheet and by completing a self-assessment

We are committed to building a workforce that promotes diversity and inclusion, in recognition of the value a diverse workforce has on building and maintaining a safe and secure work environment for all. We strongly encourage expressions of interest across all cultural backgrounds, genders and abilities.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply. The Department of Justice and Community Safety is continually working towards increasing our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Aboriginal) workforce. The Aboriginal Employment Team aims to attract, recruit and retain Aboriginal staff in a number of roles, including prison officers. This support includes a culturally appropriate attraction and recruitment process. To learn more, email

Once you start the application, it needs to be completed in one sitting. Allow 30 - 60 minutes to complete the application form. 

Applications close at midnight on Sunday 9 October 2022

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