Correctional Officer (Various)

Department of Justice
Tasmania Prison Service
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Correctional Officers Agreement 2023 - Correctional Officer Day Training and Shift Work


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Employment type:

Permanent, shift work




Various Prison Facilities located at Risdon, Hobart and Launceston

Job description:

A Correctional Officer contributes to the safe, humane and secure containment of prisoners/remandees and their rehabilitation.


Post training, salary range for Shift Work is $86,013 - $94,751 pa + super. Annual salary increase within this range in accordance with the Correctional Officers Agreement 2023. During training (12 weeks), salary is $62,702 pa + super.

In addition to salary + super, Correctional Officers attract:

  • 8 weeks leave per year, normally taken as two 4-week leave blocks.

  • Access to purchased leave, leave without pay, State Service accumulated leave scheme.

  • Access to salary sacrifice and salary packaging

  • Opportunity to obtain a nationally recognised qualification
  • Regular paid training days, career progression opportunities across Tasmania

  • Uniform provided via points system.

Experienced Correctional Officers may be eligible for recognition of service including above base salary on commencement and reduced training requirements.

Correctional Officers work 76.0 hours per fortnight, on a fully rotational roster. This includes day and night shifts, public holidays and weekends. During training, start and finish times will vary in accordance with training requirements however can expect to be day shifts Monday to Friday.

Who should apply?

We encourage applications from Indigenous Australians, people with disability, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, mature age workers and lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTIQ+) people.

The Department of Justice supports reasonable adjustment requests in any stage of the assessment process to remove barriers and facilitate full participation in all aspects of employment for applicants with disability. If you have individual requirements that need to be accommodated in order to participate in an interview or recruitment activity, please inform TPS Recruiting.

We are a diverse and inclusive workplace and understand the importance of flexible working arrangements. Talk to us about how this could work for you.

We have positions available in all regions of Tasmania. We encourage applicants from across the state, other states of Australia and New Zealand to apply. 

The Tasmania Prison Service is seeking applications from highly motivated people who are looking for a challenging career in the correctional field with a dynamic, diverse and progressive organisation.

Correctional Officers come from a wide range of backgrounds.  They join us because the work is rewarding, diverse and absorbing.  Although its not without its challenges, being a Correctional Officer delivers a large amount of job satisfaction and the knowledge that they are playing an active role in the rehabilitation and reintegration of prisoners, while also contributing to the safety of the Tasmanian community.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate resilience, maturity and flexibility along with high levels of literacy, numeracy and excellent computer skills and digital literacy. They will also be assessed against the Values of the Department of Justice where all employees are to act with integrity, respect and accountability within workplaces which are inclusive and collaborative.

Prior training, experience and qualifications in corrections are not required. However, applicants should be able to demonstrate attributes in the following areas: team orientation, very high-level interpersonal skills, integrity, strength and stamina, resilience, respect, supportive, accountable, tolerant, assertive, adaptable, decisive, dependable, courage, motivated, patient, objective, able to read people and situations and to think critically and problem solve.

Successful applicants will complete a 12 week training program with the Tasmania Prison Service at the Risdon site to help develop these skills and abilities and enable them to become professional and effective Correctional Officers.  The training provides successful trainees with the opportunity to acquire a Certificate III in Correctional Practice (Custodial) which is a nationally recognised qualification. Intrastate, interstate and overseas applicants may be eligible for relocation support.

During the recruitment process applicants will be assessed for their suitability to perform the duties of a Correctional Officer which also includes psychological and workforce health/fitness assessments as well as criminal history background checks.  Applicants need only submit a current resume/curriculum vitae and complete the required information/application form to be considered for a position.  Response to the selection criteria is NOT required.

Applicants must provide a mobile phone number and an email address, where possible, as these will be used as the primary form of communications. Applicants will be contacted from the Department's electronic recruitment system and should monitor all email folders for correspondence.

Essential Requirements

  • Physical fitness, medical suitability and psychological characteristics appropriate to the duties of Correctional Officer.

Pre-employment Requirements

The Head of State Service has determined that the person nominated for this vacancy is to satisfy a pre-employment check before taking up the appointment, promotion or transfer.  The following checks are to be conducted:

  1. Pre-employment checks:
    Arson and fire setting; Violent crimes and crimes against the person; Sex-related offences; Drug and alcohol related offences; Crimes involving dishonesty; Crimes involving deception; Making false declarations; Malicious damage and destruction to property; Serious traffic offences, Crimes against public order or relating to the Administration of Law and Justice; Crimes against Executive or the Legislative Power; Crimes involving Conspiracy.
  2. Disciplinary action in previous employment
  3. Identification check

Desirable Requirements

  • Current unrestricted driver’s licence

Download the Statement of Duties and any Associated Documents

Download File Statement of Duties (Generic) Correctional Officer.doc

Download File Statement of Duties (Generic) Correctional Officer.pdf

 About the Department of Justice (Tasmania Prison Service).DOCX

 About the Department of Justice (Tasmania Prison Service).pdf

 Correctional Officer Handbook.pdf

How to apply

Applicants need only attach a current resume/curriculum vitae and complete the required information/application form.  A response to the selection criteria is NOT required.

Online applications are preferred, please click the blue Apply Now button.

For more information

Visit the Tasmania Prison Service Careers website


or contact TPS Recruiting

1800 233 911 or (03) 6165 7394


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