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To protect, to rehabilitate and to serve

Teachers and trainers

Our teachers and trainers help prisoners and juvenile detainees develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to take responsible control of their lives.

The challenge for you - as teacher or trainer - is to create a welcoming and encouraging educational environment to reconnect with disengaged learners, many of whom have had negative experiences with formal education, training and employment.

The role

You'll provide tuition to individuals or small groups and cater for a wide range of abilities and levels.

The Department of Justice offers nationally accredited education and vocational training courses and operates as a Registered Training Organisation through the Education and Vocational Training Unit.

Our teachers and trainers work as:

  • casual tutors (adult basic education and vocational education and training)
  • Aboriginal education workers
  • prisoner education coordinators and assessors
  • campus managers
  • curriculum area coordinators.

Your challenge will be to work successfully under both education and corrective services models.

The benefits

Teachers and trainers enjoy a range of great benefits including:

  • flexible working conditions
  • generous leave entitlements including:
    • 4 weeks annual leave (full-time staff)
    • personal leave
    • parental leave (paid and unpaid)
    • study leave
    • long service leave after 7 years
    • purchased leave
  • career development opportunities
  • competitive salary
  • regional incentives (depending on the location)
  • the ability to make a difference in the lives of offenders.


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

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

You'll need specific qualifications for specific roles:

  • Campus managers and prisoner education assessors must hold a minimum 4-year teaching qualification (or equivalent recognised in Australia) with at least 5 years' teaching experience, preferably in adult education.
  • Prisoner education coordinators must hold a minimum 3-year teaching qualification (or equivalent recognised in Australia) with at least 5 years' teaching experience, preferably in adult education.
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Aboriginal education workers must be of Australian Aboriginal background.

Selection process

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

  • identification check
  • selection panel interview
  • 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.

Contact us

If you are interested in a casual tutoring position, register your interest by emailing your contact details to:

Telephone: +61 8 6250 9201.

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: 9-Mar-2020