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Special Operations Group (SOG)

Register your interest in becoming a Special Operation Group Officer.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is a world class corrective services organisation which provides support to the justice system and the community of Western Australia by ensuring the security and safety of the community, staff and those in the Department's care.

The Department of Justice's core focus is on SSSR:

  • Security of detainees and prisoners in correctional facilities and offenders on community based orders
  • Safety of our people
  • Safety of offenders, detainees and prisoners
  • Rehabilitation.

The role

The Special Operations Groups (SOG) is a service agency within the Operational Services Division of the Department of Justice. Based in the metropolitan area at the Hakea Prison Complex in Canning Vale, the SOG is the major provider of emergency support to all prisons within the State and Banksia Hill Detention Centre.

Services include:

  • responding to major incidents
  • security/auditing evaluation
  • high security escorts
  • searching
  • perimeter security
  • control room operations
  • operational and emergency management training.

A typical day in the life of an SOG Officer

The SOG office is staffed 24 hours a day in order to provide a statewide response to emergency situations as required. When not providing an emergency response, SOG Officers undertake daily operational duties which may include high security escorts, search operations, security system testing and high visibility patrols of prisons. On occasion, operational duties or emergency responses may require intrastate, interstate and international air travel.

A typical day will also involve maintaining and upgrading work skills and qualifications through various training programs. Time is also allocated for strength and fitness, to ensure our SOG Officers can provide the highest standard of response.

The benefits

During the initial training program, we will pay you a training salary of $54,521 per annum.

Upon successful completion of the training course, the salary increases to $70,777 per annum, with increments up to $82,687 per annum. Employer contribution to superannuation is an additional 9.50%.

Additional allowances

Additional SOG allowances, to the value of $5,547 pa, consisting of:

  • Pager allowance
  • Shoe (Runner) voucher
  • Travel allowance (for travel between Hakea and Casuarina).

Flexible working conditions / Shift work

SOG Officers work in a 24/7 environment. Flexible shift arrangements could entail 8, 10 and/or 12hr shifts, working days, nights, weekends and public holidays. Rosters are prepared and posted several weeks in advance.

Generous leave entitlements

  • 6 weeks of annual leave for SOG Officers working shifts
  • Personal leave
  • Parental leave (paid and unpaid)
  • Purchased leave (ability to purchase additional annual leave on a pro-rata basis)
  • Long service leave upon completion of 7 years continuous service

Other benefits

  • Uniform supplied (including boots, socks, jackets and hats)
  • Job security
  • Promotional and career development opportunities
  • A rewarding and challenging career.


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

Physical health and fitness

SOG Officers are required to maintain a high level of physical fitness in order to effectively carry out many operational tasks. Some scenarios can involve lengthy periods of strenuous activity (eg cell extraction, non-compliant prisoner restraint, riot control). Officers may also be required to run, walk, bend, lift and carry objects whilst dressed in restrictive clothing, such as personal protective equipment and Breathing Apparatus.

SOG Officers who are not physically fit are at risk of suffering personal injury to themselves, and may jeopardise the safety of others. SOG Officers therefore view physical fitness as a lifestyle choice and partake in regular exercise and physical training. The most suitable candidates for the SOG Officer role are those who regularly participate in team or individual sports, fitness activities, outdoors pursuits and/or arduous work.

Selection process

To ensure the Department recruits the highest calibre SOG Officers, the selection process includes a number of assessments, each tailored to assess your skills, knowledge, experience and abilities to match the requirements of the job. These may include (in no set order):

  • assessment of application
  • Employment Profile Assessment (including aptitude tests and personality questionnaires)
  • SOG fitness testing (2 stages)
  • interview
  • medical assessment
  • psychological assessment
  • reference checks, criminal history and integrity screening
  • decision panel

Entry level training program

If selected to fill a vacancy, you will commence employment and undertake training as a Probationary SOG Officer. The probationary period is typically 9 months.

You will initially undertake an Entry Level Training Program which will cover core topics and skills from the Prison Officer Entry Level Training Program. Located at the Department's Academy, you will undertake training in communication skills, the judicial system, welfare skills, cross-cultural awareness, addiction studies, writing skills, offender management, prisoner programs, security and emergency procedures, and control and restraint.

Contact us

Enter your details in the SOG Registry, to register your interest in applying for the next round of Special Operations Group roles when they are advertised.

For further information about the Department's SOG, contact:

  • Email:

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: 27-Nov-2017