Field Officer - North West Metropolitan Region

At the Department of Justice and Community Safety, we’re 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: Casual/Temporary
Job Function: Prison and Corrective Services
Classification: CCP1
Work Location: Melbourne - Western Metro
Reference: VG/S662_S663
Closing Date: 25-Oct-2022
Salary Range: $64,442 - $71,194
Job Duration: Casual
Attachments: Position Description - (CCP1) - S663 - Field Officer - North West Metropolitan Region - March 2022.docx (Word, 537KB)

Contact: Irena Peraica

Position Details

  • Work outside in the fresh air rather than being stuck behind a desk
  • Flexible environment, work as many as 6 days a week or as little as 1 day a week
  • Weekend work available
  • Casual positions based in North West Metropolitan Melbourne. $40/hr

Do you have great communication skills and want to be a role model to people hoping for a second chance? If you want to make time to help people get their lives back on track, read on.

Who are we?

Community Work and Partnerships We are responsible for the development of mutually beneficial partnerships with government agencies and non-government organisations so that offenders can undertake unpaid work as part of their community-based sentence imposed by the Courts of Victoria. Community work serves as a valuable way for offenders to pay back the community while also reconnecting and reintegrating into the community. We ensure offenders make genuine efforts to undergo rehabilitation, and we keep low risk offenders out of prison and help them contribute to the community.

What does a Field Officer do?

Your primary responsibility as a Field Officer will be to supervise a team of offenders at community work sites and other community work programs.  A field officer carries out many duties and functions, mainly the supervision of offenders completing community work tasks. Other responsibilities include performing site inspections, assess hazards, providing informed workplace health and safety advice, guidance and instruction; maintaining tools and equipment resister and ensuring repairs are undertaken.

A day in the life of a Field Officer. . .

Your shift could start at a Justice Service Centre location to pick up an esky of food. You travel to a local community centre to meet a group of offenders who will cook meals for disadvantaged community members accessing services at this community centre. You will oversee and monitor the quality of meals created and ensure food safety processes are followed.


You attend work at a Justice Service Centre location to meet a group of offenders. You access the warehouse at this facility to run a bike repair program with the offenders so that these bikes can be donated to disadvantaged community members or local schools. You share your skills and knowledge with the offenders and monitor/ oversee the quality of the work performed so that the bikes are safe to be donated.


Your shift starts at a Justice Service Centre location where you collect a bus/ trailer with equipment. You then drive to a site to collect a group of offenders, where you will induct, instruct and transport them to a partner not-for-profit organisation in the community. Tasks for the day may involve graffiti removal, painting, litter collection, mowing and weeding. Your responsibility is to instruct the offenders to safely perform each task and monitor the work performed for the partner site before returning them to the drop off point and returning to your depot.

We are looking for individuals with various backgrounds and experience. Some desirable skills include:

  • Experience in commercial cookery, are you a chef looking for a change? No more night shifts.
  • Mechanical skills – diesel / vehicle
  • Carpentry or handyman skills
  • Gardening and Landscaping
  • Painting
  • Labourer
  • You'll need to be able to communicate and demonstrate a range of tasks and ensure a safe environment for offender work teams.
  • Have a strong understanding of Occupational Health and Safety practices and their practical application.
  • Quickly build rapport in order to understand the motivations of others, identify issues and suggest courses of action appropriate to their needs.
  • Have demonstrated ability to manage conflict and strong problem-solving skills.
  • Model appropriate behaviours and attitudes to assist offenders to develop new skills and work practices.

A full and current drivers' licence is essential.

How to apply

To apply just submit your CV.

The assessment process will entail the following:

  • Answer a couple quick questions in the application form upon submitting your CV
  • CV review and phone screen
  • An interview
  • Medical and pre-employment security check.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply

During the COVID-19 pandemic all our assessment processes will be facilitated remotely using online tools to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our candidates and staff. Should you progress through the process, the Recruitment Services Team will communicate with you as to which tool(s) will be used.

Please note that Field Officers are required to complete and pass a health assessment as part of the recruitment process.


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.

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