Prison Officer - Barwon Prison and Marngoneet Correctional Centre

Job Description


Join the growing team at Lara as a casual prison officer.

  • Start as a casual and look forward to future secondment, higher duty or ongoing opportunities.
  • Earn a competitive hourly rate plus penalties for night and weekend shifts.
  • Get paid to complete the training you need.

Joining as a casual prison officer offers many opportunities across our three existing prisons and one new prison currently being built. It could set you up for a future full-time career or an ongoing casual job that fits into your current work and life plan.

This is a great opportunity if you’re looking for more casual hours, a new and secure career, a step back to work as a parent or some rewarding work in your retirement.

The role of a prison officer

Prison officers equip prisoners with skills, perspectives and behaviours they need to build a better future. This is the contribution they make to reducing re-offending and making our communities safer.

Prison officers are role-models for prisoners and work with them to develop:

  • Positive and constructive conversations and behaviours
  • Self-respect and respect for others
  • Constructive goals and steps towards them
  • Positive decisions and ownership of their actions.

You could be exactly who we’re looking for

If you enjoy working closely with people and love the challenge of achieving positive outcomes in difficult situations, then being a prison officer will be a great next career move.

Our prison officers have come from a wide range of previous occupations, so if you’ve done well in any of these, you could have exactly the experience and qualities we’re looking for.

  • Sales
  • Tradespeople
  • Managers
  • Retail and admin assistants
  • Wait staff / Bartenders
  • Healthcare and disability workers
  • Personal trainers
  • Customer service officers
  • Community workers and sports coaches
  • Army and Navy
  • Correctional officers
  • Truck drivers
  • Security guards / security officers
  • Construction workers.

Information session
We encourage you to register for an online information session to hear about the experiences of current prison officers and ask questions about the job.

Wednesday 22 September 2021 at 6.30pm AEST
Register here

Attending an information session is not compulsory so apply even if you can't make it along. 

What’s in it for you

  • Plan your job around your life while earning a base rate of $34.51 per hour plus super.
  • Enjoy job security and the satisfaction of making a real difference.
  • Work with a highly effective and supportive team while helping to make the community safer.
  • Enjoy generous penalty rates on night shifts, weekends and public holidays paid in addition to salary. These benefits can significantly increase your take home pay.
  • Complete eight weeks of paid full-time training (paid at $55,836 per annum pro rata). By the end, you will feel confident and well equipped to begin your new job and continue working towards Certificate III accreditation in Custodial Services Practice.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply

The Department of Justice and Community Safety is continually working towards increasing our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Aboriginal) workforce. The Aboriginal Employment Team aims to attract, recruit and retain Aboriginal staff in a number of roles, including prison officers. This support includes a culturally appropriate attraction and recruitment process. To learn more, email

Applications close at midnight, on Thursday 30 September 2021.

Candidates are regularly reviewed up until the closing date, so please apply as soon as possible.


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