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Community Corrections Officer

The aim of Adult Community Corrections is to protect the community and manage the risk posed by offenders, focusing on reducing reoffending. Community Corrections Officers contribute to community safety through offender management. You'll be working from community-based centres, program centres, prisons and the courts.

The role

Being a Community Corrections Officer is a challenging role.

The role can be complex and confronting and it can be difficult to bring about positive change while working with people in their own environment. You will need to have the ability to engage with difficult or challenging people in a culturally appropriate manner.

Your persistence, people skills and life experience will assist you in this role.

Community Corrections Officers supervise adult offenders in the community and provide guidance and encouragement to address and reduce their offending behaviour and to comply with requirements of their Order and be accountable for their actions. Managing offenders will require you to use appropriate counselling, develop intervention plans and work together with external services and treatment programs.

The role makes risk assessments, provides advice and reports to the Courts and releasing authorities, based on your assessment and analysis of the offender's behaviour.

The benefits

  • flexible working conditions
  • employment security
  • comprehensive paid training
  • generous leave entitlements including:
    • 4 weeks annual leave plus 17.5% leave loading
    • personal leave
    • parental leave (paid and unpaid)
    • study leave
    • long service leave after 7 years
    • purchased leave
  • competitive base-grade salary: $76,452 - $80,797 per annum plus superannuation
  • regional incentives (depending on the location)
  • career development opportunities.

Eligibility

When positions are advertised, the eligibility requirements will be outlined in the individual job advertisement.

You'll need to be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen.

If you are an applicant outside Australia, refer to our International Recruitment page.

Selection process

To be eligible for appointment you'll need to successfully complete all of the following assessments:

  • identification check
  • selection panel interview
  • employment profile assessment
  • in some cases, an interview with a psychologist
  • criminal history screening (this is undertaken by the department - applicants are not required to obtain a police clearance)
  • integrity check
  • any other assessments or checks as noted in the job advertisement.

Training

If you are offered a position, you must be prepared to travel to the Department's Training Academy located in Bentley in the Perth metropolitan area, to attend training on a regular basis. Trainees from regional work locations will not be required to pay for travel or accommodation during this mandatory training at the Bentley Academy.

The Correctional Officers Foundation Program (COFP) is a full-time course. It incorporates six months of mixed periods of off-the-job at the Academy and on-the-job training at your centre.

Written and practical assessments are conducted during this period. This training is linked to the nationally accredited qualification Certificate III in Correctional Practice (Community). This certificate is a mandatory requirement to work as a Community Corrections Officer.

Once you have successfully completed both off and on-the-job training, demonstrating good conduct and regular attendance, you may become eligible for permanency.

Contact us

Department of Corrective Services (DCS) regularly conducts recruitment campaigns for Community Corrections Officer vacancies.

Applications for Community Corrections Officers are currently closed. Enter your details into the community corrections officer registry to register your interest in a Community Corrections Officer role.

For information about the Department's Community Corrections Officers, contact by:

  • Email: dcs.recruitment@correctiveservices.wa.gov.au
  • Telephone: 1800 796 026 - select Option 1.

For more information about careers with the Department, refer to the working with us page or a list of current vacancies in the Department.

Page last updated: 1-Mar-2017