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Correctional Officer
Department for Correctional Services
Job reference: 607195
Location: - VARIOUS -
Job status: Ongoing
Eligibility: Open to Everyone


  • $57k + Overtime (Base salary + penalties increasing up to $80,000 pa. plus superannuation).
  • Six weeks annual leave.
  • Ongoing employment in the SA Public Sector – Full time & Part time positions available.
  • No prior correctional experience required.
  • Fully paid 12-week in-house training course.
  • Career progression opportunities.
  • The South Australian public sector promotes diversity and flexible ways of working
  • Recruiting for all prison sites.
  • Successful completion of training will be accredited with Certificate III in Correctional Practice (Adult Custodial).

About the Role

Correctional Officers undertake a front-line role in the prison system. They are responsible for a wide range of duties relating to the safety, security and welfare of prisoners in our care. They manage day-to-day issues and contribute to ongoing rehabilitation.


We are now taking applications for Correctional Officers. You will need to complete an online application including Correctional Officer Application Pack and attach supporting documentation (e.g. Birth certificate, Drivers Licence, Australian citizenship, resume etc). Any additional documentation or information that you feel can support your application.

As a Correctional Officer your duties can include:

  • Observing prisoner conduct, behaviour, and activities
  • Conducting prisoner cell searches
  • Transporting and escorting prisoners
  • Assisting and encouraging prisoners with their individual development programs and case reviews
  • Assisting prisoners with matters affecting their welfare, security, behaviours and routines
  • Responding to emergency situations, including prisoner conflicts, prisoner injury and medical crisis
  • Conducting strip searched of prisoners

About you

To be a great Correctional Officer, you will be:

  • Socially responsible with personal honesty and integrity
  • Display empathy and cultural awareness
  • Mature and self-confident
  • Use interpersonal skills and emotional stability which enables supportive and constructive relationships with work colleagues and with prisoners
  • Model and foster positive, respectful leadership behaviours
  • The ability to use critical thinking, be alert and observant at all times
  • A high level of resilience, self-awareness, and emotional intelligence
  • Work successfully with the greater team to maintain the safety and security

About us

The Department employs approximately 2,000 staff and has responsibility for nine prisons and sixteen Community Correctional offices across the state.

Our Strategic Focus is:

  • Invest in strategic initiative to reduce re-offending
  • Reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal people incarcerated in South Australia
  • Deliver world class correctional services
  • Actively contribute to improving outcomes for all people impacted by the criminal justice system.
  • Prioritise the safety of staff, our partners, people under our supervision.

Minimum Requirements

  • A current South Australia Driver’s Licence
  • An Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • 18 years or older


Trainee Correctional Officer: $53,455 p.a (CO1) plus superannuation (12 weeks only)

Correctional Officer: $57,842 - $65,905 p.a (CO2) plus penalties increasing up to $80,000 p.a plus superannuation

Apply Now!

To find out more about: Correctional Officershow to apply


Human Resources Consultants
8226 9150 or 8226 9048

Application Instructions

Applications can be submitted to

Additional Information

There is more than one position available.
Positions available at all locations, Port Augusta, Port Lincoln, Cadell and metropolitan prisons. 
We encourage applications from people with diverse backgrounds including all ages and gender identities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, people with disability, culturally and linguistically diverse and LGBTIQA+.

Applications close: 31/01/2025 11:00 PM

- Code of Ethics.pdf
- Correctional Officer Generic CO2 May 18.pdf
- Correctional Officer Application and Pre-Employment Declaration (Fillable).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.