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Prison Officer - Metropolitan Remand Centre

State Government of Victoria - Melbourne, VIC

Government, Defence & Emergency
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JOB DESCRIPTION

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.

  • Join a high performing team with a rare set of skills and qualities – only some are good enough to be prison officers.
  • No corrections experience needed - a comprehensive, fully paid, eight-week training program will give you the skills you need.
  • People of all working and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
  • Earn a good base rate plus generous penalty rates for night and weekend shifts.
The Department of Justice and Community Safety is now recruiting new squads of casual and full-time prison officers for Metropolitan Remand Centre in Ravenhall.

IT'S IMPORTANT WORK

Prison officers do two important things to help make Victoria safe: we keep prisoners, our team and the facility secure; and we help prisoners take steps to becoming more positive members of the community once they're released.

Great prison officers never stop believing they can help people make a change for the better. The work can be confronting and difficult, and progress is often slow, but our maturity, patience, empathy, self-confidence and teamwork helps us achieve little victories that prove we're making a difference.

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.

INFORMATION SESSION

We strongly encourage you to register for our online information session. You will hear about the direct experiences of current prison officers and be able to ask questions about the job. Please see details below:

Wednesday 12 May 2021 at 6pm

Register

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

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU

“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

One of the many things we love about this job is being part of a high-performing tight-knit team. We have each other's backs through and through - when times are good and when they're tough.

The job can take its toll 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 as a full-time prison officer, working on a 24-hour rotating roster. Weekend and public holiday work is a frequent necessity.

◉ As a casual, you can plan your job around your life while earning a base rate of $34 per hour plus super. You're the one who sets your availability, so we'll contact you when shifts need to be covered.

◉ 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, you will feel confident and well equipped to begin your new job and continue working towards Certificate III accreditation in Custodial Services Practice.

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

ONLY SOME OF US ARE GOOD ENOUGH

Prison officers have a special set of skills and qualities.

You need a real desire to empower people while setting boundaries and 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.

You will also need maturity, energy, empathy and resilience to 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 backgrounds and have a natural curiosity in others. We work with people from many backgrounds in complex and tense situations, 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 interest across all cultural backgrounds, genders and abilities.

◉ Strong verbal communication – sometimes we need to de-escalate a potentially volatile situation purely through negotiation and our 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.

◉ Conflict management and 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 is ready to be a leader when needed. We're accountable for our work and always take opportunities to raise new ideas.

As an example of the diverse industries we recruit from, we currently have prison officers who have come from the following jobs:
  • 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
“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

ELIGIBILITY
  • 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 if appointed.
  • Successful candidates will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks, misconduct screening and traffic offences.
  • To become a prison officer, you will also need to pass a health and fitness assessment, which you can learn about
. You should not apply until you are confident you can meet the benchmarks in this test.

ABOUT METROPOLITAN REMAND CENTRE

Metropolitan Remand Centre (MRC) is a maximum-security men's prison based in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne. Most prisoners here have been placed on remand, which means they've been accused of a crime and have not been granted bail, and they're now waiting for their case to be heard in court.

Prisoners here typically stay until either being found innocent and returned to the community; or being found guilty, at which point they'll be transferred to another prison for a longer stay.

MRC can house up to 833 prisoners, mostly in single cells which sit inside larger buildings. These units their own dedicated program and resource facilities, interview rooms, clinics and recreational equipment and space.

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

To learn more about what you'll do on the job, as well as the physical requirements, please go to

Applications close at midnight, on Wednesday 19 May 2021.

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

State Government of Victoria

Melbourne, VIC

Government, Defence & Emergency




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