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Trainee Correctional Officer
Department for Correctional Services
Job reference: 473593
Location: 5085 - NORTHFIELD, 5700 - PORT AUGUSTA
Job status: Ongoing
Eligibility: Open to Everyone

About the Department for Correctional Services

The Department employs approximately 1,900 staff and has responsibility for nine prisons and sixteen Community Correctional offices across the state. Our vision is for a safer community by protecting the public and reducing re-offending. We work towards this through the contribution of staff who are employed in a wide variety of fields, from correctional officers and teachers, to social workers, psychologists and supervisors of court orders. Their commitment ensures we deliver quality services to prisoners, offenders and victims of crime. We strongly promote diversity and equity in our workforce, which directly contributes to greater effectiveness and better outcomes. In a supportive and collaborative environment, you will encounter interesting professional challenges and you will work alongside dedicated and passionate people who help to turn around the lives of offenders and rebuild lives affected by crime.


The Trainee Correctional Officer (TCO) will undertake and complete the Correctional Officer Training Course and CSC30120 Certificate III in Correctional Practice (Adult Custodial) to be able to fulfill the role of a qualified Correctional Officer.
TCOs will receive assistance, direction and guidance in managing the security, safety and control of a designated group of prisoners and/or custodial functions in accordance with departmental policies and procedures.


Special Conditions

  • All TCOs must have successfully completed all recruitment requirements prior to appointment to the role.
  • Full time and part-time employees will be required to work 8 hour shifts over a 24 hour/7-day rotating roster. Shift types include day, afternoon and night shifts.
  • Full time employees will work 19, 8 hour shifts over a 28-day, 24 hour/7-day rotating roster. The 28-day rotating roster includes 8 days off, and 1 Programmed Day Off (PDO) in a roster cycle.
  • Part time employees will be required to work a minimum of 8 shifts over a 28-day, 24 hour/7-day rotating roster. The roster will include a Programmed Day Off (PDO) which will be allocated once a sufficient number of shifts have been accrued.
  • A flexible approach to working hours is required.
  • Applicants must be prepared to work in country and metropolitan prisons within Correctional Services South Australia based on vacancies and operational requirements.
  • Section 47 of the Public Sector Act 2009 applies in conjunction with other provisions of the act and other applicable industrial entitlements.
  • The incumbent is required to satisfactorily complete a National Criminal History Check.
  • A current South Australian Driver’s Licence is essential.
  • Some intrastate travel may be required which could necessitate overnight absences.


Essential: HLTAID003 Provide First Aid or HLTAID011 Provide First Aid Certificate    

Desirable: Nil 


Training salary: $51,887 p.a. (CO1) plus Superannuation
Qualified salary: $56,145 - $63,971 p.a. (CO2) plus penalties and superannuation.



TCO Recruitment Consultant

(08) 8226 9150


Application Instructions
All application packs and Employment Declaration form must be submitted to
Applicants are required to complete the Employment Declaration 

Additional Information

There is more than one position available. All Correctional Workers may be required to perform duties within a high risk setting requiring the incumbent to be fully vaccinated with a Therapeutic Goods Administration approved COVID-19 vaccination .

Applications close: 30/06/2022 11:00 PM

- Correctional Officer Pack - October 2021.pdf
- TCO Job and Person Specification, 070521.pdf
- DCS Pre-Employment Declaration DCS CC2018 - V1.6.1.pdf

Flexibility Statement
The South Australian public sector promotes diversity and flexible ways of working including part-time. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the flexible working arrangements for this role.