Correctional Officers

Becoming a Correctional Officer is a rewarding and challenging career.

Correctional Officers work as part of a team that is responsible for the safe, secure and humane management of prisoners.


Correctional Officer Recruitment Information Pack (4.0 mb)

The opportunity

Working as a Correctional Officer in the Northern Territory opens up a range of career opportunities, job diversity and security. Your work days will be interesting and challenging – no two days will be the same – and you will have the opportunity to make significant contributions towards the rehabilitation of prisoners.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • supervising, monitoring and managing prisoners;
  • employing appropriate security measures to ensure the safe custody of prisoners, including monitoring property and equipment and conducting random searches for contraband;
  • advising prisoners of their rights and responsibilities while in custody;
  • ensuring prisoners maintain acceptable levels of hygiene and cleanliness by conducting regular cell inspections;
  • assisting in determining a prisoner’s rehabilitation plan;
  • providing reports on prisoner rehabilitation, security, welfare and behaviour;
  • undertaking escorts (transport and supervision) of prisoners outside the correctional centre;
  • preparing formal reports about incidents that occur;
  • responding to emergencies (including prisoner conflict, injuries and medical crises); and
  • participating in ongoing training to maintain currency of core qualifications.

The benefits

Correctional Officers enjoy a range of great benefits including:

  • flexible working conditions – correctional facilities operate on a 24 hour roster system, 7 days a week
  • up to 7 weeks annual leave*
  • generous salary entitlements
  • employment security
  • opportunities for promotion and career development
  • supplied uniforms
  • subsidised gym memberships

* terms and conditions apply

The person

To meet the demand of a the Correctional Officer role we’re looking for people with integrity, maturity and life experience, from all walks of life.

To be considered for this opportunity you must;

  • Be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or a Permanent Resident of Australia;
  • Hold a full Northern Territory Driver’s licence with competence in driving manual vehicles upon commencement;
  • Hold a current First Aid Certificate (HLTAID003 Provide First Aid);
  • Have completed Year 12 or Year 10 with further study or hold Trade Qualifications;
  • Be of good character, with strong communication and organisation skills;
  • Have skills and ability to work in a cross cultural environment;
  • Be able to demonstrate a good level of fitness through participating in a fitness test; and
  • Have good literacy, numeracy and aptitude for the role of a Correctional Officer

The training

All Trainee Correctional Officers will be required to undergo an intensive eight week, off-the-job training course, followed by three weeks of on-the-job training.

During the training, you will be required to establish and maintain an appropriate level of fitness and demonstrate an understanding of correctional centre practice and procedures.

On satisfactory completion of the training course, you will be assigned to a Correctional Centre as a Trainee Correctional Officer. Northern Territory Correctional Services will endeavor to offer you a role in the Correctional Centre you identify as your first preference in your application but on some occasions positions will be offered in other regional centres.

During your 12 months as a Trainee Correctional Officer, you will also be required to complete a Certificate III in Correctional Practice.

If you have existing qualifications relevant to the correctional services environment, you may apply to have these recognised at commencement of training.


You'll need to be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen and meet all of the selection criteria.

Selection process

NTCS utilises a bulk recruitment process to attract and recruit Correctional Officers. There are several stages in the selection process and these are outlined below. The entire process takes about 12 weeks from date of advertising to commencing on the job.

Stage 1 – Application

As opportunities become available, positions are advertised on the NTG jobs website ( For your application to be reviewed and progressed you must submit a complete application.

Applications should include a one-page summary sheet which addresses the following questions:

  • What is your understanding of the Correctional Officer role and what can you contribute to this role?; and
  • What skills and experience do you have working or recreating with people from diverse cultures?

You will also be required to provide a current resume including the contact details of three work-related referees.

Stage 2 – Screening

The screening phase of recruitment is where your application is reviewed and assessed against the selection criteria for the position.  Applicants who are shortlisted at this stage will be progressed to the next stage.

Stage 3 - Fitness Assessment

We generally conduct these on a Saturday shortly after stage 1 and 2 have been completed. The fitness assessment is designed to replicate the physical demands of the position. Satisfactory completion of all the elements of the assessment indicates a person’s capability to perform the physical requirements for the position. Full details of the fitness requirements are listed here to enable you to adequately prepare for the assessment.

Stage 4 – Online Testing

If you are progressed from Fitness Testing you will receive an email inviting you to complete online abilities testing and psychometric profiling. You will be given a week and a half in which to complete this profiling and will be sent all the instructions and information required upon progression to this stage.

Once your results are received you will be contacted and advised of the next stage.

Stage 5  – Assessment Centre and Panel Interviews

At the assessment centre you will be asked to participate in a number of activities designed to allow you to demonstrate your skills and ability in relation to the essential criteria of the role. There will individual and group exercises you will be asked to participate in.  Your pre-employment declaration will also be reviewed at this stage. This is a full day of assessments and it is recommended that you bring your lunch as there are limited catering options close to Darwin Correctional Precinct.

If you are progressed from the Assessment Centre, you will be invited to attend a panel interview. The panel will comprise of at least three interviewers from senior management within Custodial Operations and a representative from NTCS Recruitment Team.

Stage 6  – Suitability and background checks

Given the nature of this role you will be required to complete a criminal history check confirmed with a finger print. A positive criminal history check will not necessarily exclude you from the process however, you must make full disclosure of all criminal convictions including any traffic/driving infringements, spent convictions or juvenile offences. Failure to disclose may result in your application being terminated or cancellation of your appointment. It may be useful to include the circumstances surrounding any disclosure you make in the section provided in the pre-employment questionnaire and any other associated paperwork, as this will assist us to make a fully informed and fair judgment.

Factors considered in the assessment include:

  • Nature of the offence
  • Scope of an individual’s criminal history
  • Period of time that has elapsed since the offence took place
  • Age at which the offence was committed (ie. juvenile or adult)
  • Type and severity of any penalties/punishment imposed and whether the individual successfully completed the court order
  • Evidence of an extended criminal history
  • Whether the offence is still a crime
  • Mitigating or extenuating circumstances in relation to the offence committed
  • General character since the offence was committed
  • Degree of rehabilitation (may obtain further information with applicant’s consent)
  • Other factors that may be relevant for consideration (e.g. level of risk involved to NTCS).

Discrimination on the basis of ‘irrelevant criminal records’ is prohibited by the Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Act. Irrelevant records include such things as acquittals, withdrawn or dismissed charges, pardons and convictions for offences where the circumstances relating to the offence are not directly relevant to the situation. Criminal record information is not used for any purpose other than to determine suitability for employment to a position. Confidentiality is a fundamental consideration when handling or disseminating information and privacy is ensured by preventing unauthorised access and unauthorised use of information.

Stage 7 – Final selection

All applicants will be contacted and advised of the outcome of their application and if successful, a start date will be confirmed and induction details provided. If you have not provided proof of completion of your First Aid certificates & Northern Territory Licence details, these will be required prior to finalising an offer.

All successful applicants will initially sign a 12 month contract as a Trainee Correctional Officer.

Upon successful completion of all requirements of the Trainee Correctional Officer program, you will be recommended to the Commissioner for Correctional Services for appointment as a permanent Correctional Officer.

If you are appointed as a Correctional Officer you will then be awarded an ongoing contract, a 6 months’ probation period applies.

If you are deemed suitable but we do not have a position available and when the selection process is finalised you will remain on our register for up to 12 months and contacted as soon as a position is available.

Last updated: 27 March 2018