Industry Officer - Catering

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Prison and Corrective Services
Classification: Cog2B
Work Location: Western - Ararat
Reference: VG/6739SEPTEMBER2023
Closing Date: 02-Oct-2023
Salary Range: $77,730 - $89,386
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Industry Officer Catering - Position Description - VPSC Applied - Sep 2023.pdf (PDF, 251KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Rhonda Hinchliffe on 0418 837 707

Position Details

  • Utilise your Catering and Food Service 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
  • Cog2B: $77,730 - $89,386 plus superannuation.

About the Business Unit:

Hopkins Correctional Centre is a medium-security male prison facility focused on preparing prisoners for their transition back into the community.

About the Role:

As an Industry Officer, you will be responsible for supervising a team of prisoners that work within prison industry and prison service areas. Service areas include catering, laundry, landmate, maintenance and environmental services.

In a vocational training environment, the Industry Officer will coach, mentor and motivate prisoners, placing an emphasis upon individual offender management with a view to rehabilitation.

A pre-employment health assessment will be required for external candidates and non-custodial staff.

Some of your duties will include:

  • Typically supervising a team working to ensure the operational aims of the industries are achieved. These include commercial production targets and customer expectations, ordering and maintaining control of stock, materials, financial records and providing an industry model-workplace training environment
  • Effectively managing all work areas to ensure the safety and security of prisoners, staff and visitors. This includes appropriate levels of surveillance and interaction within the facility, and monitoring staff and prisoners for compliance with all Occupational Health and Safety, and security procedures
  • Delivering performance management targets and undertaking professional development as required to enhance the role as part of a staff team, with emphasis on following industry requirements for OH&S, quality assurance, monitoring, recording and record-keeping systems of prison industry functional areas, and recommending improvements where necessary.

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 an institutional catering setting.
  • Completion of (or willing to undertake) Prison Pre-Service Training
  • The ability to resolve issues through deep understanding or interpretation of existing guidelines. Where said guidelines are unavailable, you will have the ability to analyse ideas available and take action independently, or in consultation with others to resolve problems. If required, you will determine additional information needed to make informed decisions. You will be able to apply critical thinking and problem solving concepts in the right context.


  • An appropriate trade qualification and/or experience in food services
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (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.



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