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Correctional Officer

Ensure the security of inmates, staff and facilities in a prison setting.

What's it like to be a Correctional Officer?

Correctional Officers enforce rules and regulations inside prisons, maintain the security of inmates, staff and facilities, and supervise daily activities. Correctional Officers may specialise in offender diversion programs, prison industrial programs, dog squads and field supervision of offenders on worksites outside a prison setting.

Correctional Officer

Tasks and duties

  • Maintaining order and ensuring rules are complied with.
  • Supporting rehabilitation and counselling of inmates.
  • Supervising the activity of inmates and report on conduct.
  • Searching inmates for illegal items or contraband.
  • Inspecting and maintaining safety and integrity of prison facilities.
  • Responding quickly to incidents.

What can I earn as a Correctional Officer?

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Correctional Officer roles in AUS were typically advertised between $60k and $80k over the last 2 years.
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How to become a Correctional Officer


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There are a number of pathways to becoming a Correctional Officer, and it’s important to check the requirements with the relevant department in your state

  1. Apply directly to the state department responsible for justice in your state or territory, or any private institutions in the industry offering specialised placements. If you’re successful, they will provide training. The state-run training is a 10-week full-time course. Entry requirements vary, so you'll need to check with the employer for details.
  2. Having an undergraduate degree such as a Bachelor of Criminology may be an advantage when applying to either state correctional facilities or private industry providers.
  3. You could also consider completing a double degree with a Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Criminology for a more rounded justice background.

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Latest Correctional Officer reviews

Latest reviews from 42 Correctional Officers surveyed on SEEK
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Aug 2019
Corrections challenging but rewarding. Working in a team that becomes your family.
Reviewer's Qualification
Completed Year 10
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Correctional officer
The good things
Very challenging, on your mind and body
The challenges
Must be fit and ready for anything as the day go from 0 to 100 in a blink of the eye
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Nov 2018
Corrections is a tough but forefilling Job that gives you change every day
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Security Operations
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
operation officer
The good things
Working in the corrections environment is very demanding and only a small amount of people are suited to doing this job. It has demanding hours working shift work ( 12 hour shifts) working on average ...
The challenges
you can expect offenders that don't comply with the system, long hours of work and working weekends and nights.
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