Locksmith (Senior Prison Officer)

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.

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.

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit justice.vic.gov.au/careers

We’re proud of the important work we do across Victoria. Want to be part of it?
Job Details
Careers Logo
Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Prison and Corrective Services
Classification: Cog2B
Work Location: South West - Victoria
Reference: VG/3199-8926-NOV23
Closing Date: 28-Jan-2024
Salary Range: $78,507 - $90,280
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position Description - Locksmith (Senior Prison Officer) - November 2023.docx (Word, 540KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Rachael Bowcott on 0408 965 935

Position Details

  • Be respected as a skilled professional vital to keeping Victoria safe
  • Earn $77,730 - $89,386 plus penalty rates and super
  • Kickstart a new career in corrections, with fully paid prison officer training
  • 2 secure full-time roles available right now!

The Department of Justice and Community Safety is seeking two locksmiths to provide a critical role in the Security and Intelligence Division of Corrections Victoria. 


What the locksmiths will do

This isn't a regular domestic locksmith role. You won't be doing house calls or fixing DIY lock jobs. You will be part of a team responsible for the planning, maintenance, management and installation of all locks, keys, and other associated hardware at Corrections Victoria facilities across Victoria.

Some of your duties will include:

  • Evaluating and implementing new security equipment.
  • Fixing security equipment.
  • Maintaining the security and control of prisoners (when present) while undertaking locksmith tasks, including appropriate tool and hardware control.
  • Ensuring the safe and secure disposal of unwanted locks, keys, tool components and security risk items as required.

To make sure you feel confident doing this important work, you will take part in fully paid prison officer training before your first day.

In this induction, you will be a valued member of a squad of new prison officers. After you complete the training, however, there will be some key differences between you and your squad mates:

  • Rather than commencing your proper service on a trainee prison officer wage, you will immediately earn a senior prison officer's salary.
  • Your main responsibilities will relate to locksmith services, rather than active prison officer work.

Locksmiths interested in additional earning and learning opportunities may also be able to take on prison officer shifts as paid overtime.

Qualifications our locksmiths need

  • A recognised and current locksmith qualification
  • Ability to pass our health assessment (this will be funded by the department if you proceed to the final stage of recruitment)
  • Ability to undertake and complete the pre-service training
  • Current manual Victorian Driver Licence
  • A current Working with Children Check, or the readiness to obtain one when offered a role.


To learn more about becoming a locksmith for Corrections Victoria, please read the attached position description or call Rachael Bowcott on 0408 965 935

Please click the Apply button on this advertisement. Applications should include a resume and covering letter. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.

We encourage applications as soon as possible for immediate consideration

The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening.

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.



For this particular vacancy, priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.

For all VPS employees, due to the new Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) policy, please apply through the JSE to be eligible to be considered for this position in the first round.

From here...