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Prison Officers supervise and control the activities of inmates in prisons and other correctional institutions
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Prison Officers
  • How many are employed in this occupation?
15,900
  • What are the average weekly earnings for full time workers ($ before tax)?
$1350
  • How does unemployment compare with other occupations?
Below average
  • What are the job prospects for this occupation?
Average
  • What will be the likely future employment growth for the next five years?
Moderate growth
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Tasks

This occupation may include associated occupations with varying tasks.

  • observing the conduct and behaviour of prisoners to prevent disturbances and escapes
  • inspecting and maintaining the security of locks, window bars, grilles, doors and gates
  • supervising prisoners during work assignments, recreational periods, sporting activities and meals
  • assisting with the implementation of education, rehabilitation and other programs organised for prisoners
  • searching prisoners and cells for weapons, drugs and other contraband items
  • patrolling assigned areas and reporting breaches of rules, unsatisfactory attitudes and prisoner adjustment problems
  • requisitioning prisoners' clothing, toiletries, reading material and other allowable items
  • supervising prisoners in transit between courts, prisons and other facilities

Job Titles

  • Prison Officer

VET (Vocational Education And Training)

  • Certificate II in Justice Services
  • Certificate III in Correctional Practice
  • Certificate IV in Correctional Practice
  • Diploma of Correctional Administration

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Job Vacancies

  • Tue 17 Mar , 2020
  • Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
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