13284, several


Trainee Correctional Officer (automatically converted to a Correctional Officer Grade 1 upon successful completion of training)
Full-time Permanent

Closes: 13 September 2022

Classification: Correctional Officer Trainee
Salary: $50,817 plus superannuation
Position No: 13284, several
Directorate: Justice and Community Safety
Advertised (Gazettal date): 05 August 2022
Contact Officer: Craig Campbell on ACTCSPeopleandCulture@act.gov.au or 6207 2839


Details: Do you have what it takes to be a Correctional Officer? Do you have life experience and an interest in community safety? Do you like working in a team and have exceptional communication skills? Are you resilient when faced with challenging situations and environments? Do you have the maturity to be assertive whilst remaining level-headed, non-judgemental, fair and respectful? If so, this may be the role for you!

Successful applicants will be required to complete a 12-week Correctional Recruit Training (CRT) course in the first instance and will receive a training salary of $50,817 per annum for this period. The CRT will provide you with all the relevant training to be a competent and accomplished Correctional Officer. This includes everything from legislations and policies, to report writing and dealing with challenging behaviours. Following the successful completion of this training, you will automatically become a Correctional Officer Grade 1 earning a salary range between $69,433 and $82,797 per annum, plus superannuation and the potential for allowances. You will also be supported to complete a fully funded, nationally recognised Certificate III in Correctional Practice within the first 12 months of your employment. These positions are based at the Alexander Maconochie Centre in Canberra.

Eligibility/Other requirements:

  1. Relevant custodial experience or Certificate III in Correctional Practice are essential. If Certificate III in Correctional Practice is not held it must be attained within 12 months of date of entry to service.
  2. Current unrestricted Driver’s license is essential.
  3. Senior First Aid Certificate is essential.
  4. Relevant tertiary qualifications desirable.
  5. This position may require pre-employment medical testing and Police record check.
  6. Prior to commencing this role, a current registration issued under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011 is required. For further information on Working with Vulnerable People registration refer to - Working with vulnerable people (WWVP) registration (act.gov.au)

Notes: ACT Corrective Services (ACTCS) will be hosting an information session for people interested in learning more about these opportunities. Senior ACTCS staff will team up with current Correctional Officers to describe what it is like to work in a correctional environment. You will also have the chance to find out more about the opportunities for women, young people and people from diverse backgrounds, as well as details about the required training. (Please note, attendance at the information session is not mandatory).

The information session will be held at the Hellenic Club, Canberra City, on 24 August 2022 at 6:30pm. To attend this information session, please register here.

For more information, please see the “Frequently Asked Questions” document available on the ACT Government jobs website.

How to Apply: To apply for this exciting opportunity, tell us in one page, why your life experience, skills and/or knowledge would make you perfect for this role.

In addition, you must submit the following:

  1. An ACT Government Application Cover Sheet (auto generated via Apply Now);
  2. Updated curriculum vitae with contact details of at least two referees, one of which should ideally be a current or immediate past supervisor. Candidates who are self-employed may use two customers to whom they have provided a service in the last 18 months;
  3. A copy of your Driver’s Licence; and
  4. A completed Association Declaration form.

Note: Applications that do not provide your pitch PLUS all four documents listed above may not be considered by ACTCS.

We encourage applications from a diverse range of individuals with varying work and life experiences, in particular applications from women and from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

There are five stages to this recruitment process: (1) initial application assessment; (2) Language, Learning and Numeracy (LLN) testing and written assessment; (3) psychometric (psychological aptitude) testing; (4) interview; and (5) referee assessment.

You will be notified if you do not progress from one stage to the next.

Candidates who successfully complete each stage will undergo a medical assessment and a criminal history check and will be required to have a current Working with Vulnerable People Clearance upon commencement of the CRT. Permanent and casual officers will be required to complete a Certificate III in Correctional Practice within the first 12 months.

To be eligible for permanent appointment, you must be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia (includes New Zealand citizens). For casual employment this is not a requirement.

Applications should be submitted via the Apply Now button below.

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