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Prison Officer - Melbourne Assessment Prison And Courts (Cog2a)

Department of Justice and Community Safety - Melbourne, VIC

Government, Defence & Emergency
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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?

Are you ready to make our community safer? Become a prison officer and equip people who have offended with the skills and confidence to make better choices.

  • No experience needed - a comprehensive fully paid eight-week training program will give you the skills you need before your first day on the job.
  • Generous salary package, with penalty rates for weekends and overtime.
  • Enjoy a secure ongoing, full-time job in the Victorian Public Service.
  • People of all working and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

The Department of Justice and Community Safety is now recruiting a new squad of ongoing, full-time prison officers to work at Melbourne Assessment Prison (MAP) and Courts.

“If you want a job where you can work with people and really look at helping them unpack those underlying issues that are resulting in them coming into custody, this is the job for you.”
– Emma Cassar, Commissioner, Corrections Victoria


To be a great prison officer, you must truly believe you can help people make changes for the better. Your maturity, compassion and ability to set a great example could have a major impact on the lives of the offenders you will be working with at Melbourne Assessment Prison and Courts.

We are role models to the people in custody. We forge positive working relationships with prisoners and lead them in developing:

• self-respect and respect for others

• appropriate and pro-social behaviours

• constructive goal setting

• ownership of their actions

• integrity and honesty.

We also help offenders access services that will improve their lives both while in custody and once released.


Prison officers have a special set of skills and qualities. You need to believe that reoffending can be reduced by improving the choices prisoners make and equipping them to be positive and constructive members of the community. So, you'll need a real desire to empower people while setting boundaries.

You will need maturityenergyempathy and resilienceto handle the wide variety of tasks, people and challenges you'll be presented with.

You will need to be confident in yourself but also ready to take advice and look for ways of increasing the effectiveness of your work every day.

You'll need Integrity and honesty– it's at the heart of what we do. If we commit to something, we follow through, we're good for our word. We are role models to the prisoners, and this starts by living out our values.

We want prison officers who have enjoyed working with people from many different backgroundsover their lives and have a natural curiosity in others. We work with people from many backgrounds in complex and tense situations every day, so it is vital you have the ability to relate to anyone.

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 interests across all cultural backgrounds, genders and abilities.

There are some qualities that are important:

◉ Strong verbalcommunication – sometimes we need to de-escalate a potentially volatile situation purely through our negotiation and ability to empathise with others.

◉ Professionalism – we have integrity and maturity. We respect the importance of doing our work thoroughly, keeping our word and following procedures. Having the utmost respect for the uniform and how you are presented is vital.

◉ Conflictmanagementand problem-solving skills– we encounter conflict and personal issues between prisoners regularly, so you need to be able to think on your feet and make important decisions under pressure.

◉ Initiative, accountability and teamwork– to be one of us, you're the type of person who takes well considered actions and you're ready to be a leader when needed. We're accountable for our work and always take opportunities to raise new ideas. 

If you don't have resilience, you can't be in this job. You're going to be yelled at, you're going to get called names. But you know the prisoners are just having a bad day. You have to be able to put yourself in their shoes. Priyanka, Prison Officer

Just for an example of the diverse industries we recruit from, we currently have prison officers who have come from the following jobs:

  • Retail and admin assistants
  • Wait staff / Bartenders / Chefs
  • Receptionists
  • Nurses and disability workers
  • Personal trainers
  • Customer service officers
  • Self-employed and small business owners
  • Army and Navy
  • Cleaners
  • Correctional officers
  • Truck drivers
  • Security guards / security officers
  • Construction workers


“The feeling that I'm doing something good for the community and trying to make a difference in someone's life makes me happy.” 
– Wayne, Prison Officer

The job can take a toll on us physically and mentally, but we always remain part of a group committed to keeping everyone in the facility safe and helping people who have offended make better choices in the future. Knowing that we're doing valuable work every day is our greatest reward.

The benefits of this job do not stop at working with your new team and having the chance to make a difference:

◉ Earn a base rate annual salary of $56,786 - $72,922 plus super working full time hours on a 24-hour rotating roster. Weekend and public holiday work is a frequent necessity for all full-time prison officers, so you need to be prepared to plan your life around your job.

◉ Enjoy generous penalty rates on night shifts, weekends and public holidays paid in addition to salary. These benefits can significantly increase your take home pay.

◉ Make a career change without the expensive course! You will undergo eight weeks of paid full-time training (paid at $55,011 per annum pro rata). By the end of the program, you will feel confident and well equipped to begin your new job. You will still have so much more to learn, though, and will continue working towards Certificate III accreditation in Custodial Services Practice.

◉ Take advantage of access to secondment, higher duty and promotion opportunities regularly offered to top performing staff. Becoming a prison officer could be just the beginning of a captivating career in corrections.

“Careers opportunities are plentiful. First, you have to be a prison officer, but you can go so many different places after. There is the Emergency Response Group, the Security and Emergency Services Group, Community Corrections, head office and more.” – Kyah, Prison Officer 

There are many other advantages in working for the Department of Justice and Community Safety at large, as well, including:

Regular feedback and career planning– approach your work with confidence in how you're tracking, working to a professional development plan agreed on by you and your manager.

Generous leave entitlements – provisions for many forms of leave; including personal, parental, carers, study, cultural, compassionate and sick leave.

Employee Assistance Program support – you are encouraged to use this short-term, confidential counselling service if you're experiencing emotional stress, relationship problems, conflict with others or personal issues.

We want to make sure all Victorians feel represented by the department's work. One of the ways do this is by recruiting a diverse workforce – we welcome people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability and cultural background.

We're proud of our individual differences. We're proud of the many languages we can speak and the stories we can share with each other. We are also a proud participant of the Victorian Government's promise to increase the number of veterans working in the public sector.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply. 

The Department of Justice and Community Safety is 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 prison officers, community corrections officers and field officers. This support includes a culturally appropriate attraction and recruitment process. To learn more, click here or email aboriginal.employment@justice.vic.gov.au.


To gain a better understanding of the role of a prison officer, we strongly encourage you to register for one of our free information sessions. You will hear about the experiences of current prison officers directly and also be able to ask any questions you have about the job. Please see the details below on upcoming sessions:

Wednesday 24 February, 2021

6:00pm – 7:00pm AEDT

Please register here 

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


  • To be eligible for appointment as a prison officer in a Corrections Victoria facility, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or hold Australian permanent residency. You must also possess a current Victorian driver's license (minimum P2 category) and be willing to obtain a current first aid certificate.
  • There are certain jobs that present conflicts of interest with the work of a prison officer, including some roles in security. It is best to chat to the recruitment team at an assessment centre about any work you would wish to continue doing if appointed.
  • Successful candidates will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening.
  • To become a prison officer, you will also need to pass a health and fitness assessment, which you can learn about here. You should not apply until you are confident you can meet the benchmarks in this test.


Melbourne Assessment Prison (MAP) and Courts is a maximum-security prison located near Southern Cross Station in Melbourne's CBD. MAP and Courts provides the primary state-wide assessment and orientation services for male prisoners received into the prison system.

If you become a prison officer at MAP and Courts, you're likely to work both at MAP and the County and Supreme courts, which are also located in the Melbourne CBD.

MAP and Courts is operated by the Department of Justice and Community Safety, which is one arm of the Victorian Public Service, a recognised top employer of choice nationally. All our staff work to the vision of a safe, just, innovative and thriving Victoria; and as prison officer, you will be a key player in helping us meet our goal.

To discover more about what you will do on the job, as well as the physical requirements, please go towww.correctionsjobs.vic.gov.au/prison-officers. 

Applications close at midnight, on Thursday 4 March.

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

Melbourne, VIC

Government, Defence & Emergency


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