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Correctional Officer Trainee


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Job Description:

Justice and Community Safety
ACT Corrective Services
Custodial Operations
Trainee Correctional Officer

Correctional Officer Trainee

Salary Range: $50,140 (PN: 32711, Several)

  • Outstanding employment conditions, rewarding career
  • Contribute to the safety and wellbeing of your community
  • Opportunities for personal development and progression

ACT Corrective Services, Canberra, is looking for people with demonstrated life experience, personal integrity, self-confidence and exceptional communication skills to become Correctional Officers. An interest in community safety, the ability to operate effectively in a team, as well as having the capacity to deal with people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds is essential. 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.

Successful applicants will receive a training salary for the first 12 weeks ($50,140). The full-time starting salary will range between $68,508 - $81,694 per annum, plus superannuation and the potential for allowances. All of the training you will require to work as a Correctional Officer will be provided during the first 12 weeks of your employment. You will also be supported to complete a fully funded, nationally recognised Certificate III in Correctional Practice during your first 12 months. All vacancies are based at the Alexander Maconochie Centre in Canberra. 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-judgmental, 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 $50,140 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 $68,508 and $81,694 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.

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.

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 5 May 2022 at 6:30pm. To register to attend this information session, please telephone (02) 6207 1149 or email ACTCSpeopleandculture@act.gov.au. For more information, please see the “Frequently Asked Questions” document available on the ACT Government jobs website. 

There are five stages to this recruitment process: 

  • initial application assessment;
  • Language, Learning and Numeracy (LLN) testing and written assessment;
  • psychometric (psychological aptitude) testing;
  • interview; and
  • 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. Current Correctional Officers of ACTCS will not be required to undertake the psychometric testing and medical assessment part of the recruitment process, nor will they need to attend the CRT. Should current Correctional officers be deemed successful, they will be transferred to the AMC in due course.

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. 

Note: You will automatically be converted to a Correctional Officer Grade 1 upon successful completion of training. Applicants that do not provide your pitch PLUS all four documents listed below will not be considered by ACTCS. 

How to apply: For further information, please visit www.jobs.act.gov.au

Contact Officer: Jenny West (02) 6205 3478 ACTCSPeopleandCulture@act.gov.au

Applications Close: 17 May 2022

Job Requirements:

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 a National Police 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)

Occupations:

Other: Career Fair, Other, Work at Home
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Job ID:

12652

Employment Type:

Full time

Location:

Canberra, ACT, Australia

Title:

Correctional Officer Trainee

Category:

Government, Legal, Other
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Posted:

04.05.2022

Salary:

$50,140 per year