Prison Officer
Corrective Services
Salary: POSH, POA, $75,637 - $87,543 per annum
Position number: Pool Ref 2020
Work type:  Permanent - Full Time
Location: Various Metropolitan & Regional areas
Closing date: 2049-01-01 4:30 PM   (YYYY-MM-DD)
Attachments: - Fitness Standards - PO & YCO.pdf
- Prison Officer (Generic) JDF.pdf
- Prison Officer Information Booklet.pdf

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The Department is seeking applications for Prison Officers, with a particular focus on recruiting for Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison (Kalgoorlie) and metropolitan prisons.

Please note that if you wish to be considered for upcoming vacancies, please ensure your application is submitted prior to 4.30pm on 23 March 2020.   

About us

When you join the Department of Justice, you become part of a people-focused organisation working hard to make our community a fairer and safer place to live. We offer many different employment opportunities in locations around Western Australia. You will have a chance to make a real difference to your local communities and to the lives of those you work with.

About the role 

If you have already applied for a metropolitan or regional location your current application is still under consideration and there is no need to reapply. If you wish to update your preferences by email to recruitment@justice.wa.gov.au

As a Prison Officer no two days are the same and you will find yourself being a role model and mentor or a teacher and trainer. Prison Officers play a vital part in the rehabilitation of prisoners while ensuring the safety of the community.

Prison Officers use common sense and life experience to handle challenging situations professionally. You will be fair and consistent in the way you treat people and will balance your authority with understanding to build positive and strong relationships with your colleagues and prisoners.

Prison Officers enjoy flexible working conditions, generous leave entitlements and a competitive salary. You will have the opportunity to achieve a nationally recognised qualification and will be provided with on-going training and support throughout your career. Being a Prison Officer is not just a job, it is an opportunity to build a long term and secure career within the Department of Justice.

About you

To be successful in the role you will demonstrate;

  • The ability to think clearly, act calmly and use your initiative under pressure
  • Great communication skills to ensure you build positive relationships with a diverse prisoner population
  • A common sense approach to solving problems and the ability to adapt to a wide range of challenging situations
  • Excellent team working skills to work with colleagues and prisoners to achieve personal and professional goals
  • A desire to help people work through difficult life experiences by being respectful and showing compassion
  • An awareness and understanding of Aboriginal people and their culture

Other requirements:

  • Australian citizenship or permanent residency, or New Zealand citizenship
  • Current and unrestricted manual C-Class drivers licence
  • HLTAID003 Provide First Aid qualification which includes the units of HLTAID001 “Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation” and HLTAID002 “Basic Emergency Life Support” at the time of appointment (with 9-months validity remaining)

You will also be required to complete all relevant pre-employment medical, fitness, psychological and other assessments, as well as attaining clearance through the Department’s criminal history and integrity assessment process.

How to apply

  1. Read through the attached documents
    • Candidate information pack
    • Job Description Form
    • Fitness Standards
  2. Click on the ‘apply for job’ button at the bottom of the screen
  3. Complete the online application questions (please allow at least 30 minutes to complete) and attach a current and comprehensive Curriculum Vitae/Resume.

To submit your online application click the “Apply for Job” button at the bottom of this page. Emailed or posted applications will not be accepted.

Equity and Diversity

The Department of Justice is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to growing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce as a part of EEO Management Plan and its Aboriginal Workforce Development Strategy.  We embrace diversity and encourage applications from a diverse field, people from a culturally and linguistically diverse background, young people and people with disability including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

As a measure to achieve equality, Section 51 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 applies to this position. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Female applicants may be prioritised to ensure the gender balance required in our workforce. This action is permitted under Section 27 (2) of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984.

Open Pool

This is an open pool recruitment which means there is no closing date for applications. Specific vacancies are not advertised. We assess candidates on an on-going basis throughout the year and contact candidates as and when opportunities arise.

When part of a pool you may be offered a position, however an appointment is not guaranteed.

Further Information

The attached application information booklet, job description form and fitness standards will provide you with useful information. If you have any other queries, please contact the Bulk Recruitment Team on 1800 974 199.