Prison Officer – Beechworth Correctional Centre Job at Department of Justice and Community Safety in Victoria

Job Description

Reference: DOJ/BEEFEB21

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?

Ready for a career change that will positively impact your community? Become a prison officer.

Help Victoria remain a safe place to live by keeping our prisons secure.

No qualifications required. Get paid to train – enjoy a comprehensive paid, eight-week training program prior to service.

Casual and full-time positions available.

Call on your integrity, resilience and decision-making skills.

People of all professional and cultural backgrounds encouraged to apply.

The Department of Justice and Community Safety is now recruiting a new squad of casual and ongoing prison officers to work at Beechworth Correctional Centre (Beechworth).


As a minimum security, re-integration prison, Beechworth plays an important role in helping offenders transition back into the community at the end of their sentence. As a prison officer, you’ll need to manage safety and security in a relatively open environment as well as engage with a wide variety of program staff, clinicians and service providers.

The role requires commitment, resilience and mental focus as well as the ability to get on with people, provide ongoing support and write progress reports on the caseload you’ll manage. It’s a job with a fine balance between security and rehabilitation, but one where your advice and recommendations can make a huge difference to someone’s confidence, self-respect and long-term future.


To gain a better understanding of the role of a prison officer, we strongly encourage you to register for our online information session. You’ll hear about the experiences of current prison officers and be able to ask questions about the job.

Wednesday 28 October 2020 3pm AEST Click here to register


Great prison officers can come from anywhere. Whatever industry you’ve worked in, you might be surprised by how your work and life experience have set you up to become a first-rate prison officer. Here are a few jobs we’ve recruited from successfully in the past:

  • Retail and admin assistants
  • Wait staff / Bartenders
  • Healthcare and disability workers
  • Personal trainers
  • Customer service officers
  • Self-employed and small business owners
  • Army and Navy
  • Correctional officers
  • Truck drivers
  • Construction workers

Our officers tell us time and again that what they love most about this job is the support they feel in being part of a team. Great prison officers tend to thrive on working closely with people. There are many other benefits too, including the ability to:

Earn an annual salary of $54,322 during training and between $56,085 – $72,022 plus super, working full time hours on a 24-hour rotating roster. Casuals earn a base rate of $33.58 per hour plus super.

Enjoy generous penalty rates on night shifts, weekends and public holidays paid in addition to salary.

Undergo eight weeks of paid full-time training. By the end of the program, you will feel confident and well equipped to begin your new job. Upon commencement, you 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.


Beechworth is a minimum-security men’s prison based in North East Victoria.

It accommodates up to 210 prisoners across self-catered communal living units, as well as two-bed units and larger dormitories. Many prisoners are serving the latter portion of their sentence and developing skills essential to transitioning back into the community successfully.

Beechworth is renowned for its community engagement programs, which include partnerships with aged and disabled care organisations, sports clubs and the Healesville Sanctuary.

To learn more about what you’ll do on the job, as well as the physical requirements, please go to www.correctionsjobs.vic.gov.au/prison-officers

Successful candidates will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening including traffic offences.

We welcome people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability and cultural background. We are also a proud participant of the Victorian Government’s promise to increase the amount of veterans working in the public sector.

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

Applications close at midnight on Thursday 5 November 2020.

We acknowledge the traditional Aboriginal owners of country throughout Victoria and pay our respects to them, their culture and their Elders, past, present and future.

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