About the role

Correctional Officers keep correctional facilities running safely and smoothly. Their job covers everything from crime reduction and rehabilitation to helping people develop key life skills.

Is this career right for me?

Do I need to be tough?

What’s it like working in prison?

Do I need experience?

A job that changes every day

You’ll become a role model, mediator, trainer, security specialist, emergency responder and mentor. Above all, it’s a challenging, rewarding job where no two days are the same.

Some of your key responsibilities will include:

  • interacting with prisoners and detainees;
  • helping people resolve issues and get support;
  • managing health, safety, and security;
  • ensuring everyone follows prison rules and regulations;
  • rehabilitating prisoners and detainees and getting them job ready; and
  • helping people prepare for release and reintegration into society.

Get more from your career

Corrections is a stable job with great benefits. Plus, our flexible shifts mean you can spend more time doing the things you love.

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Make your community safer
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What’s the role?

Award: Correction Officers Agreement 2019
Classification: Correctional Officer Probationary – Level 3 (Shift Work)*
Salary Range: $80,615 – $89,005* plus 11% superannuation
Employment type: Permanent, shift work
Region: State-wide
Location: Prison facilities located at Risdon, Hobart, and Launceston
Hours per fortnight: 76.0 on a fully rotating roster
Annual leave: Eight weeks per annum
* During training, classification is Correctional Officer Training (Day Work) and salary is $58,664 per annum.

Experienced Correctional Officers may be eligible for recognition of service including above base salary on commencement and reduced training requirements.

What are the requirements?

You don’t need a formal education or experience in Corrections to pursue this role. You will need to show us that you’re resilient, mature, and flexible. You’ll also need strong reading, writing, and numeracy skills, as well as some proficiency with computers.

You should be able to demonstrate skills in the following areas:

  • teamwork;
  • communication;
  • integrity;
  • physical fitness;
  • resilience;
  • respect;
  • supportiveness;
  • accountability;
  • tolerance;
  • assertiveness;
  • adaptiveness;
  • decisiveness;
  • dependability;
  • courage;
  • motivation;
  • patience; and
  • objectivity.

You’ll need to be able to read people and situations, to think critically and problem solve, to listen and communicate.

At the Department of Justice, employees are expected to act with integrity, respect, and accountability. You can explore our values here.


  • physical fitness, medical suitability, and psychological characteristics appropriate to the duties of a Correctional Officer; and
  • pre-employment checks.

It is preferable that applicants hold a current unrestricted driver’s licence.

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