Prison Officer - Melbourne Assessment Prison and Courts

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.

The department is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and recognises that children’s rights need to be respected, their views welcomed and valued, and their concerns taken seriously and acted upon.

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Prison and Corrective Services
Classification: Cog2A
Work Location: Melbourne - Western Metro
Reference: VG/MAPCTJAN2
Closing Date: 21-Oct-2021
Salary Range: $57,638 - $74,016
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Prison Officer and Youth Justice Health Assessment Fact Sheet - Aug 2021 (1).pdf (PDF, 145KB)

Prison Officer Recruitment Process 2021.pdf (PDF, 297KB)

Position Description Prison Officer COG2a Oct21.pdf (PDF, 238KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Prisons recruitment

Position Details

Are you ready to start a career with long-term job security?

  • Multiple full-time positions available
  • Bring your life experience and get paid to train on the job
  • Help make the community a safer place for everyone

Prison officers equip prisoners with the skills they need to build a better future. If you're a great communicator and enjoy the challenge of achieving positive outcomes in challenging situations, 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 $57,638 - $74,016 + super as a full-time prison officer working on a rotating roster
  • Enjoy job security and the satisfaction of making a real difference
  • Complete eight weeks of paid full-time training (paid at $55,836 per annum pro rata). By the end, you will feel confident and well equipped to begin your new job and continue working towards Certificate III accreditation in Custodial Services Practice
  • Generous penalty rates on night shifts, weekends and public holidays paid in addition to salary. These benefits can significantly increase your take home pay
  • Located between Southern Cross and Flagstaff train stations, providing easy access by public transport
  • Work with a highly supportive team while helping to make the community safer


  • 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.
  • Successful candidates will be required to undergo pre-employment checks that may include national police checks, misconduct screening and traffic offences.
  • To become a prison officer, you will also need to pass a health and fitness assessment - learn more

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

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. To learn more about what you'll do on the job, as well as the physical requirements, go to

Applications close at midnight, on Thursday 21 October 2021

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