Sheriff's Officer - metro Melbourne

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.

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Regulatory, Governance and Compliance
Classification: VPSG2
Work Location: VIC - various
Reference: VG/SOVMAY22
Closing Date: 27-May-2022
Salary Range: $54,755 - $70,315
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position Description - Sheriff's Officer - December 2021 v.4.docx (Word, 541KB)
Job Specification

Sheriff's Officer - Health Assessment Fact Sheet.pdf (PDF, 356KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Amy Cartledge

Position Details

Use your communication skills to help people honour their legal obligations.

  • Full-time, ongoing roles across metro Melbourne
  • Join an operational team environment supporting our community
  • Full training provided
  • Enjoy eight-day fortnights, with no weekend or public holiday work

Step into a new career as a sheriff's officer! The Department of Justice and Community Safety is now recruiting sheriff's officers to work in dedicated local areas across metropolitan Melbourne.

This is a great chance to get out of the office and work for the community, in the community.

What is a sheriff's officer?

Sheriff's officers are responsible for enforcing warrants and orders issued by the courts, making members of the public accountable for unpaid fines and contributing to a safer Victoria.

They have the power to demand and collect payments, apply a wheel clamp to a vehicle, seize and remove property for the purpose of sale, and arrest a person named in a warrant.

As a sheriff's officer, on any day you could be working with:

  • someone with years of unpaid traffic fines to get them resolved
  • a company to collect money they owe resulting from a VCAT hearing
  • a homeowner who has ignored requests from their bank to bring their mortgage payments up to date.
  • someone who has failed to appear in court as required.

Every day is different, with new challenges and experiences. Most of the work is outdoors, with a combination of early and late shifts.

This is also one of the best jobs around for work-life balance. We work eight-day fortnights, which means you can look forward to a four-day weekend every second week. You will work either day or afternoon shifts, covering our operational hours of 7am to 9.30pm, across a Monday to Friday roster and you won't work public holidays. Occasionally, special operations may be scheduled at night, on weekends or public holidays. Advance notice will be provided in these circumstances.

Information sessions

To gain a better understanding of the role, register for one of our online information sessions. It's your chance to hear about the experiences of current sheriff's officers and ask questions about the job.

Monday 16 May, 6pm AEDT
Click here to register

Thursday 19 May, 12.30pm AEDT
Click here to register

Tuesday 24 May, 6pm AEDT
Click here to register

Attending an information session is not compulsory, and we still encourage you to apply if you can't make it along.

What makes a great sheriff's officer?

Being a sheriff's officer is all about working closely with people to achieve the required outcome in difficult circumstances.

To be successful in the role, you will need to possess:

  • a genuine interest in people from all walks of life.
  • a strong sense of empathy and respect for others experiencing hardship.
  • resilience to bounce back from bad days and not take comments from members of the public personally.
  • self-confidence and a composure under pressure.

Watch the video below as two of our officers execute a warrant. Do you have the communication skills we're looking for?


To be a sheriff's officer, you must be either be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or hold Australian permanent residency.

Successful candidates will be required to undergo pre-employment checks, which may include national police checks and a misconduct screening, as well as a health assessment. You will also need a valid driver's licence.

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.

We are also 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 positions with youth justice and corrections. This support includes a culturally appropriate attraction and recruitment process. To learn more, click here or email

Applications close midnight, Friday 27 May 2022

Candidates will be regularly reviewed up until the closing date, so please apply as soon as possible.

The Department of Justice and Community Safety (the department) is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment that is safe and doesn't risk 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 employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to undertake duties outside of their homes. Prior to the commencement of employment with the department, you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19.

Acceptable evidence includes:

  • COVID-19 digital certificate (available via your myGov account)
  • Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account) or
  • A letter from the GP who vaccinated you.

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