Job Description

Job Header

Prison officer - Melbourne Assesssment Prison and Courts

Advertiser: Corrections Victoria4 out of 54.0 overall rating (8 employee reviews) More jobs from this company

Job Information

Job Listing Date
9 Jun 2019
Melbourne, Northern Suburbs
$55,256 - $70,095 per annum + super + penalties
Work Type
Full Time
Government & Defence, Police & Corrections

Full time, ongoing prison officer vacancies - Melbourne Assessment Prison (MAP) and Courts

  • Located in Melbourne's CBD (near Southern Cross Station).
  • $55,256 - $70,958 per annum base starting salary plus super (+ additional penalties for evening and weekend shifts).
  • No qualifications or specific work experience in a similar industry is required. We hire from a range of different trades and backgrounds including hospitality and events, security, personal training, transport, automotive, construction and veterans.
  • We welcome individuals from all nationalities and age brackets. We encourage mature people with life experience to apply.
  • Eight-weeks paid training commences Monday, 16 September 2019.


We invite you to attend an information session

The role of a prison officer may be more suited to you than you expect, different from what you might expect, so we encourage you to register for one of our free information sessions. You'll hear about the experiences of current prison officers directly, and also be able to ask any questions you have about the job.

Preston - Saturday 22 June: 10.30am - 12pm Please click here to register

Attending an information session is not compulsory (but highly recomended). If you cannot attend your application is still welcomed and will not negatively impact your application.

Melbourne Assessment Prison (MAP)

  • State-run maximum security facility, housing only male prisoners.
  • The only prison in Victoria which is located in Melbourne's CBD and is a short walk from the Southern Cross station.
  • Has the highest ratio of prison officers to prisoners in the state.
  • There is a strong security and safety aspect in this role.
  • Generally, prisoners who arrive at MAP have a short term stay (average of five days).
  • Prisoners are either awaiting trial/ court hearing, an assessment, or are at MAP prior to being transferred to another prison within Victoria.


Melbourne Assessment Prison (MAP)

  • State-run maximum security facility housing only male prisoners.
  • The only prison in Victoria which is located in Melbourne's CBD and is a short walk from the Southern Cross station.
  • Currently has the highest ratio of prison officers to prisoners in the state.
  • There is a strong security and safety aspect in this role.

Prison officers can also be required to work within the Courts, which involves:

  • being employed as a prison officer based at the Supreme Court of Victoria and the County Court of Victoria
  • generally working standard business hours (i.e. daytime and weekdays)
  • providing supervision, security and escorts for all offenders that are being held in custody and scheduled to appear in court.

Who we are looking for:

  • people with energy, empathy and resilience. We hire mature prison officers with life experience – people who can find common ground with anyone
  • you don't need to be big and strong in physique, your communication skills are your most powerful tool to gain respect from prisoners and de-escalate situations
  • life experience and maturity – having the ability to be strong role models for prisoners
  • high energy levels and a reasonable level of fitness
  • the ability to use computer systems and learn and adapt to new software and systems with training.
  • self-confidence – having the initiative to make decisions quickly and take accountability for your actions.


Your day-to-day responsibilities include:

  • upholding the safety and security of those in custody, your team mates and visitors
  • supervising and assisting both male and female people in custody who are attending their court hearings
  • patrols, prisoner head counts, lock downs, meetings with visitors, cell searches
  • assisting with prisoner enquiries about processes, e.g. inductions, how to organise visits, mail, medication, etc.
  • working daily with a computer to keep record of prisoner's case files.


Benefits of becoming a prison officer with Melbourne Assessment Prison and Courts:

  • Penalty rates for working night shifts and weekends, in addition to bi-annual pay increases.
  • Located on Spencer Street, next to Southern Cross Station, trams, supermarket, and various cafes.
  • Free access to an onsite gym and sauna.
  • Social culture – numerous informal and scheduled team social events throughout the year.
  • Yearly salary increases based on meeting your performance requirements.
  • Access to further education and ongoing training opportunities, including enrolment in Certificate III in Correctional Practice (Custodial). Once your certification is complete, you will be rewarded with a salary increase.
  • Opportunities for promotions within MAP and Courts, including Senior Prison Officer and specialised areas, such as Security and Emergency Services Group (SESG).
  • Job security with guaranteed full-time working hours, where you will accrue superannuation, annual leave and sick leave.
  • Eight-weeks paid training: involving both practical and class room training, covering self-defence, cultural awareness, report writing and conflict management.
  • Begin your career with a squad of like-minded, new prison officers, who will soon become your long term colleagues and friends throughout your career with Corrections Victoria.


Applications will be regularly reviewed up until the closing date, so please do not delay in submitting your application.

At the Department of Justice and Community Safety, 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.

Report this job advert

Be careful- Don’t provide your bank or credit card details when applying for jobs. If you see something suspicious .

Share this role

Applications will open the advertiser’s site.