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.

Experienced Correctional Officer -- Recruitment information PDF (1.6 MB)

Trainee Correctional officer -- Recruitment information PDF (1.5 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 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
  • Contributing to prisoner rehabilitation plans
  • Providing reports on prisoner rehabilitation, security, welfare and behaviour
  • Undertaking escorts -  transporting and supervising  prisoners outside the correctional centre
  • Responding to emergencies including prisoner conflict, injuries and medical crises
  • Participating in ongoing training to maintain currency of core qualifications.

The benefits

Correctional officers enjoy a range of great benefits including:

  • A salary of up to $74 504 inclusive of allowances, following training period
  • Excellent conditions of employment
  • Paid training with nationally accredited qualification CSC30115 Certificate III Correctional Practice through the NT Correctional Services RTO 1074
  • Up to seven weeks annual leave each year - conditions apply
  • Job diversity and security

The person

To meet the demands of the role of a correctional officer we’re looking for people from all walks of life who demonstrate integrity, maturity and life experience.

To be considered for this opportunity you must:

  • Be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident of Australia
  • Hold an open Northern Territory driver’s license with competence in driving manual vehicles upon commencement of training
  • Hold a current first aid certificate (HLTAID003 Provide First Aid) with six months’ validity upon commencement
  • Have completed Year 10 with the ability to successfully undertake the CSC30115 Certificate III Correctional Practice to be determined via a Language, Literacy and Numeracy [LLN] test during the recruitment process
  • 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 by participating in a fitness assessment
  • Able to demonstrate the required literacy, numeracy and aptitude through testing

The training

All trainee correctional officers undergo an intensive eight week, off-the-job training course, followed by three weeks of on-the-job training. During training recruits are required to establish and maintain an appropriate level of fitness and demonstrate an understanding of correctional  centre practice and procedures.

During the first 12 months of employment as a correctional officer, you will be engaged on a fixed term contract and will be fully funded to complete a CSC30115 Certificate III in Correctional Practice.

This program requires both satisfactory performance appraisals and completion of assessment activities. Upon successful completion, you will be offered ongoing employment.

The CSC30115 Certificate III in Correctional Practice is delivered by Northern Territory Correctional Services Registered Training Organisation (1074). The department covers all costs associated with this training.


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

Selection process

NT Correctional Services  uses a bulk recruitment process to attract and recruit correctional officers. There are several stages in the selection process.

As opportunities become available, positions are advertised on the NTG jobs website.

You must submit a complete application including:

  • The form which provides information about your ability to be employed in the role and addresses:
    • Your understanding of the correctional officer role and what can you contribute to this role
    • The skills and experience do you have developed from working or interacting with people from diverse cultures
    • A current resume including the contact details of three work-related referees

The screening phase of recruitment is where we review and assess your application against the selection criteria for the position. In this stage we also look at your pre-employment declaration in Applicants who we shortlist at this stage will progress to the next stage.

We generally conduct these on a Saturday shortly after we have completed stage 1 and 2. The fitness assessment is designed to replicate the physical demands of the position. Satisfactory completion of all the elements of the assessment indicates your capability to perform the physical requirements for the position.

If you have progressed from fitness testing you will then need to complete online abilities testing and psychometric profiling. You will have a week and a half in which to complete this profiling and we will send you all the instructions and information when you have progressed to this stage.

When we have your results, we will advise you of the next stage.

At the assessment centre we will ask you to participate in individual and group activities to allow you to demonstrate your skills and ability against the essential criteria of the role. We will also review your pre-employment declaration. This is a full day of assessments. We recommended that you bring your lunch because there are limited catering options close to Darwin Correctional Precinct.

If you progress from the assessment centre, we will invite you to attend a panel interview. The panel comprises at least three interviewers from senior management within Custodial Operations and a representative from NTCS Recruitment Team.

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 and 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 - juvenile or adult.
  • Type and severity of any penalties or punishment 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 about the offence.
  • General character since the offence was committed.
  • Degree of rehabilitation. We may obtain further information with your consent.
  • Other factors that may be relevant for consideration such as the level of risk for NTCS.

The Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Act prohibits d iscrimination on the basis of ‘irrelevant criminal records’. 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. We do not use criminal record information for any purpose other than to determine suitability for employment to a position. Confidentiality is our fundamental consideration when handling or disseminating information and we ensure privacy by preventing unauthorised access or use of information.

We will contact all applicants to advise of the outcome of their application and if successful, we will confirm a starting date. If you have not provided proof of completion of your first aid certificates and Northern Territory driver's license details, we require these before finalising an offer.

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

Upon successfully completing all requirements of the Trainee Correctional Officer program, we will recommended to the Commissioner for Correctional Services that you be appointed as a permanent Correctional Officer.

If you are appointed as a Correctional Officer you will then be awarded an ongoing contract. A six month probation period applies.

If you are deemed suitable but we do not have a position available 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: 07 April 2020

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