Prison Officer - Melbourne Assessment Prison and Courts

Job Details
Careers Logo
Department: Department of Justice and Regulation
Work Type:
Job Function: Prison and Corrective Services
Classification: See Advertisement
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/MAP19FEB
Closing Date: 29-Nov-2017
Salary Range: See Advertisement
Job Duration: Ongoing and casual
Attachments: Prison Officer - Position Description - MAP and Courts - Copy.docx (Word, 761KB)

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
86840504 or

Position Details

Ongoing and casual Prison Officer vacancies 


Melbourne Assessment Prison (MAP) – maximum security

  • The only prison in Victoria which is centrally located in Melbourne's CBD.
  • Offenders are typically first held at MAP after being arrested, where their time as a prisoner within MAP can vary from short stints to longer stints, depending on when the court case is.
  • As a new member of the prison industry, this is a great platform for you to grow your career, as it has more of a security focus in comparison to a case management focus. 
  • You will be liaising more with individuals who may not have been in a prison before, where your verbal communication skills and conflict management skills will keep you in good stead in integrating these individuals into the prison system.



  • Providing supervision, security and escorts for all offenders that are being held in custody and scheduled to appear in court
  • Undertaking searches and prisoner counts
  • Addressing anti-social behaviour or attitudes to ensure the safety and well-being of others
  • Filing notes, incident and assessment reports
  • Working within daytime office hours


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

*Click on the relevant link below to register for the event


Thursday, 16 November from 6.30pm to 7.30pm


Saturday, 18 November from 10.30am to 11.30am


Box Hill:
Saturday, 25 November from 10.30am to 11.30am


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.


Permanent/Ongoing Prison Officer roles

  • Work full time hours working hours on a 24 hour rotating roster (changes every two weeks)
  • Be able to plan your personal life around your schedule
  • Receive penalty rates for working evening and weekend shifts
  • You mainly will focus on one area of the prison
  • Complete case management on your allocated prisons to assist with rehabilitation and achieving goals
  • Receive yearly salary increases when completing your role to a satisfactory level
  • Opportunity to complete secondments (work placement) in other areas that you find of interest, such as Senior Prison Officers and other roles within Corrections Victoria and the Department of Justice and Regulation


Casual Prison Officer roles

  • Receive regular casual work based on a fortnightly 24/7 roster (on average three days per week depending on your availability)
  • 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-defense to culture awareness.
  • 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.


What skills & experience do you need?

  • No previous experience in a similar role or any specific qualifications are required. We look for strong capabilities in the following areas:
  • Maturity, life experience and self-confidence
  • We value maturity and life experience
  • Strong verbal communication skills
  • Conflict management and problem-solving: identifying and mitigating risk
  • Empathy and cultural awareness
  • Professionalism: holding professional boundaries


Recruitment Process

  • Online application
  • Telephone Interview
  • Assessment Centre – questionnaire and an assessment to test your ability to flourish as a prison officer
  • Health and Physical Assessment

 *The recruitment process can take up to 12 weeks


 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
  • Opportunity for you to upskill through completing a paid for course - Certificate III in Correctional Practice (Custodial); receive a salary increase if completed within the year
  • Penalty rates paid for 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


We value:

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


Applications close on Wednesday, 29 November at midnight

'Apply Online' button below


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.

From here...