Prison Officer

at Dame Phyllis Frost Centre
Location Melbourne, Australia
Date Posted April 3, 2020
Category Other
Job Type Full-time
Send Resume at aboriginal.employment@justice.vic.gov.au
Salary $55,256 - $70,958 plus super and penalty rates

Description

Prison Officer - Dame Phyllis Frost Centre (DPFC) location Melbourne. Salary $55,256 - $70,958 plus super and penalty rates.

It could be a good time to consider a career change that will make a positive impact within your community. Help Victoria remain a safe place to live by assisting female offenders to develop better relationships and improve their actions.

A secure, ongoing full-time job in the Victorian Public Service. No experience needed. Get paid to train – enjoy a comprehensive fully paid eight-week training program before your first day on the job. People of all professional 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 a new squad of ongoing, full-time prison officers to work at Dame Phyllis Frost Centre (DPFC).

“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

It’s a tough time for so many people right now. You might be taking this pause to consider a change in your career direction. If you feel like you can only ever work in one industry, you’re not doing yourself justice. You have developed a ton of skills over your professional and personal life that could be applied to so many other jobs.

Great prison officers can come from anywhere. Solid communication skills are key, though, and if you’ve done work in sales, property management, admin or other streams of real estate, you might be surprised to find yourself well equipped for a lot of the work you will do as a prison officer.

It's important work to be a great prison officer, you must be someone who truly believes you can help people make changes for the better. In addition to security work, you will be given a case load of prisoners to manage. You will guide these women to adopt more positive behaviours, while also helping them maintain important family and community connections.

At DPFC, there is also a strong focus on understanding the impact that trauma (such as domestic violence and sexual assault) has on many women in our care. Building trust with prisoners through compassion and empathy will be crucial in your efforts to reduce the chances of these women returning to the corrections system once released.

What's in it for you the benefits of this job don’t end with the great camaraderie you will enjoy with your teammates, and the sense of making a real difference, you will also Earn a base rate annual salary of $55,256 - $70,958 plus super, working full time hours on a 24-hour rotating roster. 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. 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.

A career change without the expensive course! You will 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. Enjoy access to secondment, higher duty and promotion opportunities regularly offered to top performing staff. 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 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.