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Correctional Officers - Canines

Job No: GEO578
Location: Ravenhall, Victoria

Seeking to establish or grow your career at GEO's world leading Ravenhall Correctional Centre?

Do you have a genuine interest in improving peoples health and wellbeing and giving back to the community?

 Base salary range of $65,197 - $69,088, plus 5% annualised dog handlers allowance 

Rotating roster (day, afternoon and night shifts) / 7 day operation

About The GEO Group Australia

We are the country's leading provider of outsourced correctional services, operating in NSW, QLD and VIC. Our goal is to deliver better corrections and in doing so, create safer communities.

We measure our success in delivering ‘better corrections’ in two ways: against our objective of being Australia’s best provider of correctional services, as well as our ability to make these services better over time through innovation and continual improvement.

We measure our success in delivering ‘safer communities’ through our ability to successfully reintegrate the prisoners we release, with corresponding reductions in their rate of re-offending.

To reduce re-offending we apply the GEO Continuum of Care:

  • We work not only in our correctional centres but continue our services out into the community to support our prisoners after release;We work not only with our prisoners but also with those critical to their rehabilitation and reintegration such as families, social networks and other service providers; and
  • We work not only during our prisoners’ sentences but also afterwards as they leave the correctional system and return fully to their communities.
  • Our five values which deliver Better Corrections, Safer Communities are that we Partner, we Lead, we Deliver, we Measure and we Respond.

For more information about our organisation, please visit our website at

To check out our videos, including the type of individual's we seek to join our business, please click here. 

About Ravenhall Correctional Centre

Ravenhall Correctional Centre is a medium security men’s prison opening in late 2017 in Ravenhall, Victoria.

Ravenhall will redefine the role of the modern prison. It’s unique design and service model provides an unprecedented emphasis on offender rehabilitation and reintegration.  If you are motivated to work therapeutically to create successful outcomes for prisoners, Ravenhall is the place for you.

To learn more about Ravenhall Correctional Centre, click here.

About the Opportunity

As a Correctional Officer (Canines) you will maintain the good order and security of the Centre and the safety of staff, prisoners and visitors, whilst ensuring the provision of quality case management services to assigned prisoners in accordance with the prisoner’s case plan and structured day. The Correctional Officer (Canines) is flexible and prepared to work in different environments and posts within the Centre.

In this role you will actively participate in the delivery of specialist services that enhance security at the Centre by providing timely response to any emergency or breach of security; assisting in the security and control of prisoners; performing high-risk prisoner escort duties, as well as drug/contraband detection.

Skills and Qualifications

In order to succeed in the role you will possess the following:

  • Ability to successfully complete the bridging course or pre-service training provided by GEO.
  • Certificate III in Correctional Practice or if entering as a trainee you will have the ability to participate in a registered, nationally approved traineeship program to undertake a nationally accredited Certificate III in Correctional Practice, which must be completed within 12 months of pro-rata service.
  • Current Senior First Aid Certificate.
  • Ability to be decisive and handle situations in a firm, fair and equitable manner.
  • Demonstrated high level of communications skills including the ability to negotiate and interact with people from varying backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated ability to write concise reports and correspondence.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of legislation, policies and procedures particularly those relating to security and emergency procedure and use of canines.
  • Ability to instruct staff on current operational procedures.
  • Certificate III in Correctional Practice or Certificate IV in Justice or equivalent (desirable).
  • Experience handling and maintaining the health, welfare and control of a service dog (desirable).

For more information about this role, please click here to download the position description.

About the Recruitment and Selection Process

Due to the nature of the role of a Correctional Officer (Canines), in order to be successful, applicants will require the ability to work directly with prisoners in a correctional environment, complying with the security policies and procedures of the Centre.

Applicants will also require a reasonable level of physical fitness (especially muscular-skeletal fitness) and will be required to take part in a pre-employment medical assessment, including fitness testing.

Applicants who excessively consume alcohol, who abuse prescription drugs or who consume illicit drugs are unsuitable for the role. 

GEO will require applicants to obtain and maintain appropriate security clearances from Victoria Police and Corrections Victoria (at GEO's expense).

Applicants with a criminal history (including as children) would be unlikely to obtain these security clearances, particularly if the criminal history relates to serious criminal offences of violence (including domestic), drug related offences,  and white collar crimes.

For detailed information about the recruitment and selection process for Correctional Officers, please click here, including to complete a self assessment to see if you are ready for the job.

Key Recruitment and Selection Dates 

You may be required physically on the following dates to take part in the various stages of the recruitment and selection process. 


Aptitude & Psychometric Testing

Saturday, 18 March 2017 - Sunday, 19 March 2017



Tuesday, 28 March 2017 - Sunday, 2 April 2017


Pre-Employment Medical and Fitness Assessments

Cost will be covered by GEO with assessments taking place on Tuesday, 18 April 2017 - Friday, 21 April 2017

About the Bridging Course

GEO's first bridging course is anticipated to commence on Monday, 14 August 2017 and will run for a duration of 2 weeks.

Should you be successful in gaining employment you will need to be available from this date, however should on the basis of your application GEO recognise that you require additional training you may be required to commence as early as Monday, 10 July 2017. 

About the Benefits

Joining GEO is your chance to make a real and lasting difference in the lives of prisoners, their families and the community.

You will benefit from a competitive salary and rewards scheme, work life balance, with ongoing support and professional development opportunities. You will have access to subsidised meals, internal career opportunities and many other employee (and family) benefits.



Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encourage to apply






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