Casual Prison Officer – Hopkins Correctional Centre and Langi Kal Kal Prison

Public Sector

Make a difference to the community in our low to medium risk prisons based in Ararat and Trawalla. Paid training commences in October.

  • No day is  the same – get exposure to all areas of Hopkins Correctional Centre or Langi Kal Kal Prison
  • We accept all backgrounds and cultures – no specific work experience is required – we value maturity and life experience
  • Have a career that makes a positive difference to our community
  • $31.03 per hour for casual roles (plus super plus penalty rates for evening and weekend shifts)

Hopkins Correctional Centre, named in recognition to the major contribution made to its operation by the local community. It is a low to medium risk security prison for males, based in Ararat, 200km from Melbourne in the Grampians region. It is one of our most recently revamped correctional centres with modern features and comfortable facilities.

Langi Kal Kal Prison is a minimum security prison based in Trawalla, 150km West of Melbourne in the Grampians region. Inmates are involved in paid work in a variety of trades, which assists the individuals gaining skills and certificates that can be used in finding a career once released. The inmates use communal areas such as kitchens and bathrooms, where interaction amongst the inmates is higher, assisting in their transition back into society.

In this role, you will discover that no two days are the same. Every day on the frontline offers new opportunities, experiences and challenges. You’ll be able to use your unique professional and life experience combined with your great communication skills to not only supervise prisoners but contribute to their rehabilitation by providing leadership, advice, support and guidance. Most importantly, you have the potential to be the difference that helps prisoners turn their lives around and in many cases, prepare them to re-enter the community.

You will find that our professional, safe and healthy environment will see you ready to deal with whatever challenges the day may bring. Your high level of resilience and confidence means you take any setbacks in your stride.

If this is the right role for you then you’ll be given 8 weeks paid training with approximately 20 new team mates to ensure that you are prepared and have the right skills to build a successful and rewarding career with us. You will learn important skills through your practical and class room training including self-defence, cultural awareness, report writing and conflict management.

Casual Prison Officer Opportunities

As a casual prison officer, you are able to maintain a balance between your career and your personal or other work commitments. You get the opportunity to work in a large range of different areas within the prison, giving you a more holistic understanding of how the prison works.

Our casual prison officers give their availability for work based on our two week rotating rosters. This way when shifts are available that suit you, you have warning so you can plan ahead. In addition to this, casual prison officers are also offered short notice shifts, from one to two days prior to as soon as possible. You will receive penalty rates working evening and weekend shifts on top of your hourly wage. You are able to apply for other opportunities within the prison and Corrections, including permanent positions as they arise.

Your day-to-day responsibilities include:

  • assisting with the safety and security of prisoners, your team mates and visitors.
  • working on a 24/7 rotating roster (where penalty rates apply).
  • being assigned a caseload of prisoners; to assist them in achieving their personal and professional goals. You will be required to liaise with other areas of the department when required such as different programs to assist in each prisoner’s individual goals.
  • being involved in your assigned prisoner’s Individual Management Plans, ensuring that the programs they are participating in are linked to their needs and goals.
  • conducting regular patrols, searches and security related activities aligned with our policies and procedures that you will be trained in.
  • building relationships with your team mates and other stakeholders, contributing towards a positive and enjoyable working environment.
  • being a key contributor to making a positive influence on the prisoners you liaise with, and being a key contributor to assisting these individuals reintegrate positively back into society on their release.


What skills & experience do you need?

Your life experience is valued in this role. We know that good prison officers come from a variety of backgrounds and bring a range of work experience and skills.  No previous experience in a similar role or any particular qualifications are required. We also strongly encourage both females and males to apply. We look for strong capabilities in the following areas:

  • Verbal communication
  • Conflict management and problem-solving
  • Influencing and negotiation
  • Self-confidence
  • Initiative and accountability
  • Empathy and cultural awareness
  • Professionalism, integrity and maturity

We invite you to attend one of our information sessions

We recommend attending our one hour information session to meet with the members of Hopkins Correctional Centre and Langi Kal Kal Prison. The recruitment team will also be attending, so you can find out more about the role and ask any specific questions you may have.

Ballarat Information Session

Saturday, 8 July 2017
11.30am – 12.30pm
To register please click on the link below:

Stawell Information Session

Tuesday, 18 July 2017
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
To register please click on the link below:


Benefits of working at Corrections Victoria

  • Full time hours 8 weeks paid training provided – where on completion you will be accredited your Certificate III in Correctional Practice (Custodial)
  • Penalty rates paid working night shifts and weekends and yearly performance-based salary or hourly rate increases
  • Personalised Professional Development Plans – opportunities for promotion and career progression both within Corrections Victoria and the Department of Justice and Regulation – also opportunities to take temporary assignments within the Department and other Government agencies
  • Security Screening and Pre Service Medical and Physical Capability Assessments

In order to be eligible for appointment to roles within Corrections Victoria which are prisons based or offender facing, applicants must be of good character and reputation and are thus subject to a number of pre-employment security checks.

These security checks will include:

  • National Criminal Record Check (and fingerprints check)
  • Pre-employment security check
  • Vic Roads License Check (or interstate or overseas if applicable)
  • Victoria Police Check

To ensure all prison officers are capable of undertaking the physical requirements of the prison officer role, without injury to themselves or others, it is a requirement to pass a pre service medical and physical capability assessment prior to employment at the end the of the recruitment process.

Please click on the link below to find out more about the benchmarks and how to prepare for the health assessment:


Working for Corrections Victoria

Our purpose is to contribute to safer communities by delivering a safe, secure and humane correctional system.

We do this through our offender management practices, actively engaging with offenders and the community to promote positive behavioural change and address social disadvantage.

We value:

  • Serving the community
  • Working together
  • Acting with integrity
  • Respecting other people


Applications will be regularly reviewed up until the closing date.

Come and find your potential within – you’ll be making a difference in your community. In return, you’ll receive encouragement, support and ongoing training to build a rewarding career.

At the Department of Justice and Regulation, 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.