Correctional Officers - Part-time Call-out
- An essential service industry, offering job security
- Multiple opportunities now available at Junee Correctional Centre
- No experience required - extensive training provided and paid for
- Men, women, indigenous & culturally diverse individuals encouraged to apply
- Great work life balance!
Junee Correctional Centre and The GEO Group Australia
The GEO Group Australia is the country's leading provider of outsourced correctional services, operating in NSW, QLD and VIC. Our goal is to deliver better corrections, and in doing so, create safer communities. We focus on providing a continuum of care and integration of services to make a real difference in the lives of people we work with. As a Registered Training Provider (number 3570), GEO offers a wide variety of training programs which are nationally accredited.
Junee Correctional Centre is located in Junee, New South Wales, 40 kilometres north-east of Wagga Wagga. Junee has been continually managed by GEO on behalf of Corrective Services NSW since opening in 1993. It is New South Wales' largest regional correctional centre.
Junee’s primary role is to safely and securely house up to 910 adult male prisoners and progress their sentence plans by delivering a comprehensive range of education, vocational training, reintegration and offending behaviour programs. Together, these lower a prisoner’s risk of re-offending and increase the likelihood of successful community reintegration.
The Centre is currently undergoing an expansion and upon completion will house up to 1270 offenders.
An Exciting New Career Awaits
We are now seeking applications for our next intake of Correctional Officers at the Junee Correctional Centre. All roles will initially be offered on a "part-time call-out basis" which involves a combination of rostered shifts and "call-outs", to cover absences of full time staff (taking planned or unplaced leave), however once all training and certification is obtained, there are opportunities to quickly move into full-time employment. Part-time call-out staff are normally offered an average of 24, and up to 38 hours per week
Correctional Officers perform the important role of managing and supervising offenders, ensuring the safety and security of the Correctional Centre and assisting key stakeholders to reduce recidivism through specially designed programs and services delivered to offenders.
A day in the life of a Correctional Officer at Junee will include (but will not be limited to) the following:
- Conducting daily head counts and searching for contraband;
- Managing behaviours of prisoners, answering any reasonable requests and dealing with rule breaches appropriately;
- Escorting prisoners to various appointments including hospital visits and court appearances;
- Managing the visitors area of the prison and overseeing prisoner visitation sessions; and
- Conducting perimeter searches of the prison and controlling access of people in and out of the facility.
Most shifts worked by Correctional Officers are 12 hours, which provides an excellent work-life balance. Junee Correctional Centre is a 24/7 operation so you will be required to work a mix of day, night and weekend shifts once your training is completed.
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What skills & experience do you need?
No previous experience in a similar role, or any particular qualifications are required to be successful in this position. We know that good Correctional Officers come from a variety of backgrounds and as such, we encourage people from all different races, genders and cultural backgrounds to apply.
Instead, what we value is life experience, resilience and maturity. Whilst we will provide extensive training and support, this role isn't for everyone and as such we look for people who can show the following attributes:
- Self-confidence and calm under pressure;
- Conflict management and problem-solving skills;
- Initiative and the ability to think on your feet;
- The ability and willingness to follow rules, policies and procedures;
- Professionalism and integrity;
- A good level of physical fitness (especially muscular-skeletal); and
- Empathy, emotional intelligence and cultural awareness.
Persons who engage in excessive alcohol consumption and/or use illegal drugs are not suited to this work environment.
Prior to commencement you must obtain the following:
- Current, unrestricted manual Driver's Licence; and
- A satisfactory national security clearance. Such clearance is unlikely to be granted if you have been convicted of a serious criminal offence.
Training and Benefits
Prior to commencement, all Correctional Officers complete a full-time, paid, nine week Pre Service Training Course. This training will cover everything from legislation, policy and procedures, to use of firearms and how to exercise control and restraint of prisoners. During this time you will also be 'buddied' with an existing Correctional Officer where you can observe shifts.
All Correctional Officers are also required to undertake a paid, CSC30115 Certificate III in Correctional Practice which is completed within the first 12-24 months of employment (onsite).
GEO Group places an incredibly high importance on the training and development of all staff.
A highly attractive hourly rate is also on offer made up of the following:
- For the duration of the nine week Pre Service Training Course (PSTC) - $21.36 p/h
- Once you complete your PSTC - $32.20
- Once you complete your CSC30115 Certificate III Correctional Practice - $33.90 p/h
- Once you complete 12 months on the job after completion of CSC30115 Certificate III Correctional Practice - $36.15 p/h
Apart from amazing training opportunities and competitive rates of pay, you will also have access to a host of other benefits including:
- 5 weeks annual leave (pro rata for Part-time call-out staff);
- Uniforms and footwear provided;
- Free secure car parking;
- On-site dining room with free meals while completing PSTC and subsidised meals following PSTC;
- Ongoing paid training;
- Career pathways;
- Novated vehicle leasing (for full time employees); and
- Employee recognition awards
The following outlines the application and recruitment process:
- Submit Online Questionnaire and Resume
- Information Session / Aptitude Testing (in relation to Literacy, Numeracy and Report Writing) - You will need to ensure you are checking your emails (including your junk items) on a daily basis once you have submitted your application, as you may receive this invitation prior to the application close date.
- Online Psychometric Testing
- Individual Interviews
- Reference Checks
- Pre-employment Medical Assessment
- National police check/security clearance
Offers of employment to commence training as a Trainee Correctional Officer will be on a full-time, fixed-term basis (for the duration of the Course) and will indicate that, upon successful completion of the Course, employment will be offered on a part-time call-out basis.
The Pre Service Training Course commences Monday 15th June 2020. Requirement is to attend full-time for nine weeks, starting on this date.
For further information about the application process, please contact HR Officer, Sarah Bishop on 02 6930 5583.
Applications close: Wednesday 1st April 2020 at Midnight (EXTENDED)
For important information in relation to all aspects of the role as well as the recruitment and selection process,
please click HERE to download the Applicant Information Brochure.
Please save or print a copy of this to reference throughout the recruitment process.
GEO is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are encouraged to apply