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.

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
We’re looking for men and women with integrity, maturity and life experience.

You will need to be a strong communicator with organisation skills, meet a minimum standard of fitness, hold a current manual driver’s license and be prepared to undergo a criminal history check.

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. The 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.

We welcome applications from experienced Correctional Officers, to be considered as an Experienced Officer you must have:

  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience as a Correctional Officer, beyond training periods obtained within the last 2 years
  • Certificate III in Correctional Practice (or equivalent)

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.

Applications are currently closed for Correctional Officers opportunities. Our website will be updated promptly when recruitment commences, please visit our website regularly for updates.

Last updated: 20 March 2017