Casual prison officers - Barwon Prison and Marngoneet Correctional Centre (Cog2A)

Job posted: 07/09/2021
Applications close: 30/09/2021 (Midnight)
10 days remaining

10 days remaining

Job Description

Location: South West Region

Job type: Casual

Organisation: Department of Justice and Community Safety

Salary: $57,638 - $74,016

Occupation: Prison and Corrective Services

Reference: DOJ/BARPOJAN21

Reference: DOJ/BARPOJAN21

Occupation: Prison and Corrective Services

Salary Range: $57,638 - $74,016

Work location: South West Region

At the Department of Justice and Community Safety, we are 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 are proud of the important work we do across Victoria. Want to be part of it?

Become part of the growing team at Lara as a casual prison officer.

  • Start as a casual and look forward to future secondment, higher duty or ongoing opportunities.
  • Earn a competitive hourly rate plus penalties for night and weekend shifts.
  • Get paid to complete the training you need.

Joining as a casual prison officer offers many opportunities across our three existing prisons and one new prison currently being built. It could set you up for a future full-time or an ongoing casual job that fits into your current work and life plan.

This is a great opportunity if you're looking for more casual hours, a new and secure career, a step back to work as a parent or some rewarding work in your retirement.

If you enjoy working closely with people and love the challenge of achieving positive outcomes in difficult situations, then you could have exactly the qualities we're looking for.

The role of a prison officer

Prison officers equip prisoners with skills, perspectives and behaviours they need to build a better future. This is the contribution they make to reducing re-offending and making our communities safer.

Prison officers are role-models for prisoners and work with them to develop:

  • Positive and constructive conversations and behaviours
  • Self-respect and respect for others
  • Constructive goals and the steps towards them
  • Positive decisions and ownership of their actions.

Information session

We encourage you to register for an online information session to hear about the experiences of current prison officers and ask questions about the job.

Wednesday 22 September 2021 at 6.30pm AEST

Register here

Attending an information session is not compulsory so apply even if you can't make it along. 

What's in it for you

  • Plan your job around your life while earning a base rate of $34.51 per hour plus super.
  • Enjoy job security and the satisfaction of making a real difference.
  • Work with a highly effective and supportive team while helping to make the community safer.
  • 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.
  • Complete eight weeks of paid full-time training (paid at $55,836 per annum pro rata). By the end, you will feel confident and well equipped to begin your new job and continue working towards Certificate III accreditation in Custodial Services Practice.

You could be exactly who we're looking for

Our prison officers have come from a wide range of previous occupations, so if you've done well in any of these, you could have exactly the experience and qualities we're looking for.

  • Sales
  • Tradespeople
  • Managers
  • Retail and admin assistants
  • Wait staff / Bartenders
  • Healthcare and disability workers
  • Personal trainers
  • Customer service officers
  • Community workers and sports coaches
  • Army and Navy
  • Correctional officers
  • Truck drivers
  • Security guards / security officers
  • Construction workers.

What we're looking for

Strong verbal communication – Sometimes we need to de-escalate a potentially volatile situation through negotiation and our ability to empathise.

Professionalism – We value integrity and maturity. We respect doing work thoroughly, keeping our word and following procedures.

Problem-solving skills – We regularly encounter conflict and personal issues between prisoners, so you need to think on your feet and make decisions under pressure.

Accountability and teamwork – You're the type of person who takes well considered actions and is ready to be a leader when needed.


  • 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.
  • Successful candidates will be required to undergo pre-employment checks that may include national police checks, misconduct screening and traffic offences.
  • You will also need to pass a health and fitness assessment. Find out how you match up by taking our health assessment survey.

About the Barwon Precinct

The Barwon Precinct includes two existing prisons and will be the home to the new Western Plains Correctional Centre which is currently under construction to be completed in 2022.


Barwon Prison (Barwon) is a maximum-security men's prison based in the Barwon Prison Precinct. It accommodates both convicted offenders and remand prisoners in 478 beds across 10 accommodation units. Each unit houses a specific cohort of prisoner, from ‘general' prisoners who are permitted to interact with each other and undertake paid work within the facility, through to high risk and protection prisoners who may spend a larger portion of their day inside cells.


Marngoneet Correctional Centre (Marngoneet) is a medium-security men's prison that sits adjacent to Barwon. It has capacity to house 859 men, including prisoners at its Karreenga annexe.

While it is a secure walled facility, modern buildings and large recreational fields give Marngoneet an open feel intended to provide a constructive environment. Many programs are administered to help prisoners adopt more positive behaviours, including focused treatments for sex offenders at Karreenga.

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. This support includes a culturally appropriate attraction and recruitment process. To learn more, email aboriginal.employment@justice.vic.gov.au

Applications close at midnight, on Thursday 30 September 2021.

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