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Prison Officer

Apply now in becoming a prison officer.We are continuously recruiting Prison Officers for all locations across the State to make a positive difference to the WA community.

As this is an open pool recruitment, specific positions are not advertised and there is no closing date for applications. We assess candidates on an on-going basis throughout the year and contact candidates as and when opportunities arise.

As a Prison Officer with the Department of Justice, you will:

  • support the Department in achieving its mission of a fair, just and safe community for all Western Australians
  • contribute to the safe, secure and efficient operation of our prisons
  • play a key part in the rehabilitation process by helping prisoners address the issues that are relevant to their offending behaviours.

The role

Prison Officers act as role models for prisoners, to motivate and encourage them and put structure into their lives.

Your biggest challenge will be building rapport with prisoners in your care while maintaining professionalism and good conduct. Balancing authority and understanding with a non-judgemental and compassionate approach is essential.

Your tasks will vary according to the security level of the prison and may include:

  • induction of prisoners
  • staffing various units in the prison including the gatehouse, accommodation wings and other strategic areas
  • helping prisoners develop a plan to make the best use of their time in prison
  • assisting with vocational training of prisoners
  • escorting prisoners and supervising prison activities including recreation, industry and training
  • writing daily reports
  • responding to incidents and complying with all policies and procedures.

The benefits

Our Prison Officers enjoy a range of great benefits including:

  • employment security
  • flexible working conditions - prisons operate on a 24 hour roster system, 7 days a week
  • generous leave entitlements including:
    • up to 6 weeks of annual leave
    • personal leave
    • parental leave (paid and unpaid)
    • study leave
    • long service leave after 7 years
    • purchased leave
  • salary for Prison Officers on shift work: $72,917 - $85,186 per annum plus superannuation
  • opportunities for promotion and career development
  • supplied uniforms
  • regional incentives including a regional incentive allowance of $2237 or $4472 per annum paid fortnightly (depending on the location)
  • the ability to utilise your life experience to help a prisoner turn their life around.

If you are interested in working in a Regional area you may be eligible for a number of additional benefits as outlined below. These vary per location and will be explained further to you throughout the selection process.

  • Additional annual leave
  • Annual leave travel concessions
  • Subsidised rental
  • Home ownership scheme
  • Subsidised utilities

Recruitment and selection process

The selection process for Prison Officers usually incorporates a range of assessments. Some of these may include:

  • written application
  • employment profile assessment, which includes:
    • verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning tests
    • personality questionnaires
    • in some cases, an interview with a psychologist
  • selection panel interview
  • reference checks
  • medical assessment
  • fitness assessment
  • criminal history and integrity screening
  • any other assessments or checks as noted in the job advertisement.


To be eligible for appointment as a Prison Officer position, you must:

  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or hold Australian permanent residency
  • possess a current and unrestricted C-Class (Manual) driver's licence
  • possess, or be willing to obtain, a current Provide First Aid qualification which at the time of appointment must have 9-months validity remaining
  • receive clearance through a National Criminal History check and the Department’s Integrity Assessment
  • successfully complete all relevant pre-employment medical, fitness, psychological, and any other selection assessments as determined by the Department.


All Prison Officers initially complete a 11-week (paid) Entry Level Training Program (ELTP), which is typically held at the Corrective Services Academy in Perth. Successful graduates continue learning on the job, whilst completing a nationally recognised qualification. After 9 months of probation, officers can be recommended for permanency pending satisfactory performance and attainment of the CSC30115 Certificate III in Correctional Practice (Custodial).

Contact us

For further information about the recruitment of Prison Officers, contact us by:

  • Email:

For information about other careers with the Department, refer to the Opportunities page or a list containing all current vacancies in the Department.

Page last updated: 6-Dec-2018