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Prison Officer - Metropolitan Remand Centre

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Job Ref:  VG/MRC22MAY17
Employer:  Department of Justice and Regulation (VIC)
Job Type:  Full Time
West Melbourne VIC 3003, Australia (Show on map)

Start your new career as a Prison Officer within our inclusive team at the Melbourne Remand Centre

  • Due to significant expansion and internal career progression we now have multiple full time ongoing positions available
  • No specific background or experience required – full training provided
  • $51,041 - $52,076 base + super + penalty rates

You’ll be able to use your life experience and great communication skills to not only supervise prisoners but contribute to their rehabilitation by providing leadership, advice, support and guidance. Most importantly, you have the potential to be the difference that helps prisoners turn their lives around and in many cases, prepare them to re-enter the community.

A background of the Metropolitan Remand Centre (MRC)

As the MRC has a combination of both sentenced and sentenced prisoners, the following important features of the centre include:

  • Sentenced and un-sentenced prisoners are kept separate as far as practicable.
  • Providing appropriate resources to enable remanded prisoners to prepare for court.
  • A positive interaction and respectful environment between staff and prisoners.
  • A strong emphasis on helping prisoners maintaining legal, family and community ties.
  • Providing a range of daily activity options where provide prisoners with the opportunity for constructive engagement during out of cell hours.

Your day-to-day responsibilities include:

  • Providing a safe and secure environment for prisoners, your team mates and visitors from a diverse range of backgrounds
  • assisting in achieving prisoner’s personal and professional goals
  • conducting regular patrols, searches and security related activities aligned with our policies and procedures that you will be trained in
  • having a positive influence on the prisoners you liaise with and being passionate about assisting these individuals reintegrate positively back into society.

Skills and experience required for the role

Your life experience is valued in this role. We know that good prison officers come from a variety of backgrounds and bring a range of work experience and skills.  No previous experience in a similar role or any particular qualifications are required. We also strongly encourage both females and males to apply. We look for strong capabilities in the following areas:

  • Verbal communication
  • Conflict management and problem-solving
  • Influencing and negotiation
  • Self-confidence
  • Initiative and accountability
  • Empathy and cultural awareness
  • Professionalism, integrity and maturity

Security Screening, Pre Service Medical and Physical Capability Assessments

In order to be eligible for appointment to roles within Corrections Victoria which are prisons based or offender facing, applicants must be of good character and reputation and are thus subject to a number of pre-employment security checks.

These security checks will include:

  • National Criminal Record Check (and fingerprints check)
  • Pre-employment security check
  • Vic Roads License Check (or interstate or overseas if applicable)
  • Victoria Police Check

To ensure all prison officers are capable of undertaking the physical requirements of the prison officer role, without injury to themselves or others, it is also a requirement to pass a pre service medical and physical capability assessment prior to employment at the end the of the recruitment process.


Working for Corrections Victoria

Our purpose is to contribute to safer communities by delivering a safe, secure and humane correctional system. MRC is proud to have one of our most diverse and inclusive working environments. We have prison officers and staff from different genders, age, religion, sexual orientation, with a disability, and varied cultural backgrounds.

Corrections Victoria also value:

  • Serving the community
  • Working together
  • Acting with integrity
  • Respecting other people


Optional Information Sessions

For further details on these opportunities, we encourage you to attend either of our information sessions, where you will meet a member of the recruitment team, a prison officer and the General Manager of the Prison:

Date: Thursday 23 Feb

Time: 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start

Length of presentation: Approximately one hour


Date: Saturday 4 March

Time: 10.45am for a 11am start

Length of presentation: Approximately one hour

To register please click on the link below to access our information sessions page for Corrections:

Benefits of working at Corrections Victoria

  • Full paid 8 weeks training provided – to ensure that you have the right skills to succeed
  • Inclusive and supportive environment with friendly work colleagues
  • Penalty rates paid working night shifts and weekends and yearly performance-based salary increases
  • Personalised Professional Development Plans – opportunities for promotion and career progression both within Corrections Victoria and the Department of Justice and Regulation
  • Opportunities to take on temporary assignments within the Department and other Government agencies
  • Salary packaging of superannuation


How to Apply

For further information on these vacancies and to apply online please, visit

Online applications close Monday, 6 March at midday.

Come and find your potential within – you’ll be making a difference in your community. In return, you’ll receive encouragement, support and ongoing training to build a stable and rewarding career.

At the Department of Justice and Regulation, our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve.  We continually seek to employ people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, with a disability, and varied cultural backgrounds. In addition, we have a firm commitment to increase participation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people across our workforce.

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