Senior Prison Officer

The Department of Justice and Regulation delivers high quality services to Victorians and supports a safe, just, innovative and thriving Victoria.

We provide professional, value for money services that are driven by our values: working together, making it happen, respecting other people, serving the community and acting with integrity.

Through our commitment to diversity and equality, we are actively engaged in promoting and maintaining a safe and inclusive work environment where all employees are respected, valued and supported.

Our employees are key to our success, and bring new and creative responses to issues and challenges we face in our work and the delivery of quality services to the Victorian community. We proactively 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.

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.

Working flexibly is considered business as usual at the Department of Justice and Regulation. All requests for flexible working arrangements will be considered in line with operational requirements.

Department policy stipulates that salary upon commencement is paid at the base of the salary range for the relevant grade. Any above base requests require sign off by an executive delegate and will be by exception only or where required to match the current salary of Victorian Public Service staff transferring at level.

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If a career that can give you the opportunity to contribute to a safe and just Victoria appeals to you, we look forward to receiving your application.
Job Details
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Department: Department of Justice and Regulation
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Prison and Corrective Services
Classification: Cog2B
Work Location: Melbourne - Western Metro
Reference: VG/3328
Closing Date: 26-Nov-2017
Salary Range: $67,982 - $78,177
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position Description - Senior Prison Officer.doc (Word, 857KB)

Applying for a position at DJR.pdf (PDF, 160KB)

Contact: Raveen Ambalanarner on (03) 9321 4111

Position Details

About Us

HM Melbourne Assessment Prison (MAP) is a maximum-security correctional facility located in Melbourne's CBD. The Prison is the State's main reception prison, receiving prisoners directly from the Courts and Police and provides assessment and orientation services for all male prisoners received into the prison system. The MAP also operates the Melbourne County Court, Supreme Court and Court of Appeals custody facilities. These facilities manage both male and female prisoners of all security ratings, operating Monday to Friday.

About the Role

Senior Prison Officers take a lead role within custodial teams, coaching, mentoring and supporting prison officers. A senior prison officers' role encompasses a range of teamwork, case management, custodial and security responsibilities.

Senior Prison Officers can be responsible for the day to day management of prisoner accommodation. The Senior Prison Officer must have the ability to manage the day to day operations of a team of Prison Officers and the case management of more complex or difficult offenders. Offender management involves working in a team environment with other professionals to optimise the opportunities for rehabilitation through all aspects of the day to day routines, services and programs of the facility. Senior Prison Officers model and reinforce behaviour and thinking within their team, and with prisoners that assists the individual prisoner's ability to change their behaviour and contribute in a positive manner to the community upon release.

About You

As our ideal candidate, you will have:

  • excellent interpersonal skills
  • the ability to use computer systems e.g. Microsoft Word and email
  • knowledge of, and experience working in the prison environment
  • strong team work skills - working collaboratively with the team to achieve work goals

You must have completed the Prison Officer Pre-Service Training to be eligible for these roles.

How to Apply

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

Please note:  When submitting your application online, there will be questions pertaining to a number of the position's Key Selection Criteria to which you are required to respond.

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