Programs Officer

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Prison and Corrective Services
Classification: VPSG2
Work Location: North East - Indigo
Reference: VG/3897SEPTEMBER2023
Closing Date: 17-Oct-2023
Salary Range: $56,271 - $72,262
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: 3897 - Position Description - Programs Officer - Ongoing_.pdf (PDF, 220KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Sheryl Mitsch on 0417 415 030

Position Details

  • Utilise your Prison and Corrective Services expertise to provide support and advice to the Corrections Victoria branch
  • An Ongoing, Full-Time opportunity to work with a high-performing and passionate team in the Victorian Public Service
  • VPS Grade 2: $56,271 - $72,262 plus superannuation.

About the Business Unit:

Corrections Victoria manages some 50 Community Correctional Services locations across the state and is responsible for managing Victoria's 11 public prisons and overseeing the contracts relating to the management of two privately operated prisons. Corrections Victoria delivers a safe and secure corrections system that actively engages offenders and the community to promote positive behaviour change.

Beechworth Correctional Centre is a minimum-security prison for men, with a focus on preparing offenders for their release back into the community.

About the Role:

The Programs Officer is an integral member of the Beechworth Correctional Centre (BCC) Transition Centre Team and Program Department. 

This position will require direct prisoner contact.

Some of your duties will include:

  • Supporting the delivery of the Corrections Victoria Reintegration Pathway through the promotion of transition planning and assistance that directly targets the eleven critical intervention domains
  • Liaising and consulting with contracted providers delivering pre- and post-release services and coordinate in-person and remote appointment scheduling
  • Assisting prisoners in engaging in remote service delivery of community assistance referrals.

To learn more about this role before applying, please read the attached position description.

About You:

As our ideal candidate, you will possess:

  • Experience in Administration duties.
  • Confidence in operating IT systems such as video conferencing, tablet operating systems etc.
  • An understanding the importance of partnering with the customer or community in developing successful strategies, programs or products, supporting the design process by explaining what needs to be done and ensuring people have the necessary information to engage in the process and work effectively; understands stages of co-design.


  • Experience working with individuals with an offending history (desirable)
  • Experience in or an understanding of working within a correctional environment (desirable)

How to Apply:

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.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include reference checks, national police checks and misconduct screening. Dependant on the role, other checks may include VicRoads checks, drivers licence checks, medical checks, Working with Children Checks, and Declaration of Private Interests (for executive and responsible officer roles).

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.



The Department of Justice and Community Safety is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. We seek to prevent harm of any kind impacting children and young people and have zero tolerance for racism, child abuse and inequality. Children and young people's rights, relationships, identity, and culture must be recognised and respected, their voices heard, and their concerns acted upon. We aim to foster a culturally safe, child safe and child friendly environment for all children and young people we have contact with, deliver services to, or are impacted by our work.

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