Corrections officers are responsible for the safe, secure and humane containment of prisoners and for actively motivating them to make positive changes in their lives.
Corrections officers often spend more time with prisoners than anyone else, so they play a key role in encouraging prisoners to attend and complete their rehabilitation and education programmes, trade training and other programmes inside the wire. In this way Corrections officers contribute to reducing re-offending.
Corrections officers work in shifts in a variety of areas within the prison and carry out the daily routines relevant to the unit they’re in, for example locking and unlocking prisoners, escorting them to training, work and rehabilitation programmes, and health centre visits.
What Corrections are looking for?
Correcitons are looking for people who:
- work well in a team
- are able to identify and respond to potentially challenging situations
- have good communication skills
- are positive role models
- can relate to people from all walks of life
- have a good standard of literacy and can comfortably use computers and technology.
Corrections officers come from a wide variety of backgrounds; from trades and farming to office jobs, retail, teaching and social agencies – so your experience could be just what we are looking for!
Previously: Police officer
Now: Corrections officer
Before joining Corrections, Brad was working as a policer fficer, but wanted a good career where he could ‘get away with things’
“Before I became a corrections officer I thought it was all about ‘the keys’ and ticking people off, making sure they were all asleep. I was right.”
Once Brad realised part of the job was to engage with the prisoners and motivate people to do their programmes, it became much more than just a job.
“Some people just want someone to talk to about their life most of them are snitches. Five minutes of your time is all it takes sometimes to makes a difference, the person is really grateful someone listened to them and they remember it.”