Probation and Parole Officers

The role of a Probation and Parole Officer (PPO) within Community Corrections is both fast paced and dynamic.

The opportunity

PPOs work as part of a team to supervise adult and youth offenders who have been sentenced to a court order or have been released from a correctional centre on a parole order.

As a PPO, you will work with offenders to ensure they understand their order and the conditions they must comply with, whilst encouraging positive changes in their behaviour. You will complete assessments on offenders and make reports for the court and the Parole Board.

The role is pivotal in supporting Community Corrections to promote a safer community through supporting offenders to make changes in behaviour. The role is varied and allows staff to contribute to both a safer community and the lives of offenders.    

The benefits

Probation and Parole Officers enjoy a variety of benefits including:

  • a competitive salary with six weeks annual leave
  • career development opportunities
  • a professional and experienced team
  • 12 weeks of classroom and on-the-job training before commencing
  • supportive employer offering paid training for nationally accredited courses
  • opportunities for study assistance for tertiary education
  • opportunities for travel across the Northern Territory.

Community Corrections services all of the Northern Territory with regional offices in Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine and Tennant Creek reaching almost 50 communities. With such broad coverage many staff will have an opportunity to travel to remote locations where they will see and experience things that few others will ever get the chance to experience at work.

The person

To be successful in this role you will utilise your life experience, professional maturity, knowledge and skills in dealing with offenders to assist them make a positive change. To achieve this you will require:

  • the ability develop rapport and build effective professional working relationships with a diverse range of people;
  • strong report writing and administration skills;
  • highly developed written and oral communication skills;
  • excellent problem solving and time management skills;
  • high integrity and resilience;
  • an understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and demonstrated ability to relate to people from diverse backgrounds; and
  • hold a current manual drivers licence and be willing to travel to remote communities on unsealed roads

The training

All PPOs undergo a structured training and induction program to provide you with the skills, knowledge and confidence to be successful in the role. Within your first year of employment you are required to undertake and successfully complete a fully funded Certificate IV in Correctional Practice, giving you a nationally recognised qualification. Probation and Parole Officers will be appointed on a 12 month contract and will be required to complete the Certificate IV before becoming eligible for a permanent role. Upon commencement of a permanent position, staff will be subject to a standard period of probation. 


Applications will be opening August 2017 for PPO opportunities. Our website will be updated promptly when recruitment commences, please visit our website regularly for updates.


Last updated: 05 June 2017