Prison officer - Barwon prison

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Department: Department of Justice and Regulation
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Prison and Corrective Services
Classification: See Advertisement
Work Location: South West - Victoria
Reference: VG/POBARWON
Closing Date: 06-Jan-2019
Salary Range: See Advertisement
Job Duration: Full time, ongoing
Attachments: Prison Officer Recruitment Process.pdf (PDF, 416KB)

Health Assessment Fact Sheet.pdf (PDF, 287KB)

Prisons Map.pdf (PDF, 4.18MB)

Prison officer - information sheet.pdf (PDF, 9.04MB)

Prison Officer COG2a - Position Description.docx (Word, 121KB)

Contact: Recruitment services

Position Details

Prison Officer - Barwon Prison (full time, ongoing vacancies)

$54,439 - $69,909 per annum + super + penalties (on completion of training)

Full-time paid training starts late-March 2019 (training salary = $52,738 per annum plus super - paid fortnightly)

Are you open to a career change that offers job security, a sense of purpose and is highly respected in the community? Corrections Victoria are hiring full time prison officers for Barwon Prison near Geelong. 


  • Due to significant expansion and internal career growth we now have multiple full-time ongoing positions available at Barwon Prison, in Lara.
  • Help Geelong remain a safe place to live by keeping our prisons secure and assist offenders' rehabilitation at Barwon Prison.
  • No qualifications or specific work experience in a similar industry required. We hire from a range of different trades including farming, horticulture, landscaping, automotive, hospitality, retail, childcare, construction and manufacturing to name a few!



The secure containment of offenders is a cornerstone of a safe Victoria. As a prison officer you will help offenders undergo rehabilitation.

You will be given a case load of prisoners, and will guide these men to adopt more positive behaviours, while also maintaining important partner, family and friends relationships and community connections. We work towards individuals reducing risk of reoffending on release back into the community. Our aim is to give the men the right tools and mindset to be positive contributor to society.



  • Based in Lara, near Geelong, approximately 60km from Melbourne.
  • Maximum security facility with capacity for 478 (30 June 2018) male only prisoners.
  • Facility designed to maintain the highest possible safety and security of prisoners and staff.
  • Prisoners work in different on-site industries, such as woodwork, metalwork and in-house services, such as the canteen, barber shop and bakery.
  • Prisoners also have various physical exercise stations available, such as outdoor gyms, to ensure health and wellbeing is maintained.
  • Modern technology, including motion sensors, night cameras and iris scanners help keep staff feeling safe and confident conducting their work.



To thrive in this career, you'll need energyempathy and resilience. We hire mature prison officers with life experience – people who can find common ground with anyone. 

You don't need to be big and strong in physique, your communication skills are your most powerful tool to gain respect from prisoners and deescalate situations.

To be successful you need to have the following:

  • Strong verbal communication– you have the ability to de-escalate a situation purely through your negotiation and verbal reasoning.
  • Life experience, integrity and maturity - You respect the importance of doing your work thoroughly.
  • Conflict management and problem-solving – you can think on your feet, and make decisions quickly based on the situation.
  • Initiative and accountability – You'll be responsible for your actions and take opportunities to raise new ideas. 



  • Earn an annual base salary of $53,503 -$68,707 plus superannuation and six monthly salary increases.
  • Earn additional penalty rates for working your rostered, evening, night shift, weekend and public holiday shifts and yearly performance-based salary increases. *For more information on how penalty rates are calcuated, please refer to the bottom of the advert.
  • Accrue annual leave, sick leave, and superannuation.
  • Continue studying to complete your Certificate III in Correctional Practice (custodial). Receive a salary increase recognizing your achievement on completion.
  • Undergo eight weeks of paid full-time training. By the end of the program, you will feel confident and well equipped to begin your new career
  • Enjoy access to secondment, higher duty and promotion opportunities regularly available to high performing staff.
  • Receive your fixed two week rotating roster months in advance, where you can plan your personal commitments around your working schedule.
  • Begin your eight weeks training with two dozen other likeminded new team mates, who will become your long term colleagues throughout your career with us.
  • Cover key areas in training and on the job training to succeed in your new career, including self-defence, cultural awareness, report writing and conflict management.



To be eligible for appointment as a prison officer in a Corrections Victoria facility, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or hold Australian permanent residency. You must also possess a current Victorian driver's license (minimum P2 category) and be willing to obtain a current first aid certificate.

Pre-employment checks

At the final stages of the recruitment process, security checks are completed. It is important to disclose all relevant details as instructed in the forms we will provide.


These security checks 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 Assessment

Due to the potential physical requirements of the role you are required to have a healthy level of fitness. You are also required to pass a medical assessment for OH&S purposes.

For further information please refer to the medical and fitness document attached.


Applications close at 11.59pm AEDT, on Sunday, 6 January 2019. 

We review applications regularly, so don't hesitate in submitting your application!

For any specific enquiries, contact the Hudson prisons recruitment team on


Victorian Public Service Enterprise Agreement 2016 (for further information, press here)

*35.2    Shift allowances

(a)          The following shift allowances will be paid to a Shift Worker:








Overall rate


(% of ordinary hourly rate)


Afternoon shift -Monday to Friday – Full-time employee

Commence on or after 10:00am and before 8:00pm



Night shift -
  Monday to Friday – Full-time employee

Commence on or after 8:00pm and before 6:00am



Afternoon or night shift -
  Monday to Friday – Part time employee

Commence on or after 6:00pm and before 8:00am




All hours on Saturday




All hours on Sunday



Public holiday

All hours on a public holiday


Or 50% plus one day leave in lieu


Or 150% plus one day   leave in lieu

(b) The continuous shift period allowances set out below will apply where the Employee is required to perform such duty continuously for a period exceeding four weeks. These allowances will not apply where, but for mutual agreement, the Shift Worker would be required to work rotating shift duty.         








Overall rate


(% of ordinary hourly rate)


Monday to Friday - Afternoon or night

Commence before 8:00pm and work beyond 6:00am



Monday to Friday - Afternoon or night

Between 8:00pm and 6:00am



Monday to Friday - Afternoon or night

Commence between 8:00pm and 12 midnight for shift of at   least 8 hours



(c)  The shift allowances set out in this clause do not apply where an Employee receives shift allowances in accordance with clause 35.3.

(d)  For the purpose of computing shift allowances, a shift that finishes on the day after it commenced will be paid at the shift allowance applicable for the day upon which the majority of the Shift Work is worked.


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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