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Job is definitely not for everyone as it can take a toll on mental health, however the shift work is great for work/life balance with 7-8 day fortnights and plenty of overtime available. Generous leave entitlements
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Interesting work and good work life balance. Lots of variety and opportunity to see different parts of the organisation. People are passionate and great diversity.
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  • Clear sense of purpose
  • Feeling of personal appreciation
  • Ability to learn new things
Areas for improvement
  • Support from manager
  • Sense of belonging
  • General feeling of work happiness

Friendly and inclusive workplace

Great place to work Challenging interesting great people Constantly learning and training Career development and progression encouraged Opportunity for secondments
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Highly stressful and unappreciative workplace.

BEWARE! The smoothly written job ad will give you a warm and fuzzy feeling that you will make a difference and your work will have meaning. The reality will be that you will be under constant immense pressure and stress to achieve targets and outcomes for management, not the clients. Your focus will be 'stats' to achieve 'funding'... If you have gone to the trouble to educate yourself for a career in this field, don't waste your time with this department. It's a job that promises a lot but delivers nothing. The huge turnover of staff is an obvious giveaway. The culture is terrible and falls well short of the stated values of honesty, respect and integrity, particularly from management and head office. I don't recommend at all...
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Job and work went well

I enjoyed working at the department as I came across the opportunity to become a mental health first aider and also completed my public compliance course.


Free meals were provided because of COVID-19 Quarantine policy


Shift working
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Great to work with passionate colleagues, but hamstrung by ineffective leadership

Your colleagues are all passionate and will want to deliver great outcomes, but the leadership are only focussed on the political side of things, with all decision-making being removed from areas and only handled by the very top. Can be frustrating from that end, but worth working for.
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Meet great people from varied backgrounds, and different positions in life.

Like My fellow co-workers, i was hoping to stay within the Department.Glad I had the opportunity to meet new friends, If I was able to get another chance to be involved I'd jump for another opportunity.The negatives I found, was certain department chose not to follow curtain decisive procedures.
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Good environment, strict procedures and rules, great work culture, generous salary. Great opportunity to assist community during the covid 19 pandemic .


Great salary


Temporary job assignment
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Too many casualisation of positions even though this is a public service entity

Too many casualisation of positions even though this is a public service entity that should be setting example for private companies. Short term contracts means that you are constantly stressed psychologically due to job insecurity.


Generally nice work culture and generous annual and sick leaves


High turnover in vacancy means team growth and bonding are frequently disrupted, which leads to stress/overwork for employees as vacant positions are not filled on time
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Doing important work for our community

You do get to make a difference. The work you do is only a few degrees separated from visible impacts to the community. Work can be dry but the impacts are lasting.


Great work life balance


Work can be dry and ambiguous
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This is a casual role and as such cannot reflect the internal culture of the organisation. This is the public service and as such relationships are formal and somewhat distant.
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not now

not now. I will provide an assessment in future. There has been a period of transformation occurring in the department. When things settle, I will provide a review.
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Constant bullying and toxic work culture.

I worked at Corrections Victoria, Forensic Intervention Service and used to be called Specialised Offender Assessment and Treatment Service. The management there are bully and unfriendly. You wont have a say at work and they constantly make threat to put you under performance if you cannot make 100% KPI. Some seniors there have been there for so long and they lost their passion. When you ask them questions, they would just ignore you. Worst place to work.
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No transparency

Job development only happens if you know someone regardless of skills, experience or knowledge. Job culture is very poor at our location. Care factor is zero. Lots of very unhappy people.


Use to be the overtime


Way too many inexperienced staff, dangerous.
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Really good department to work for

- Always flexible with working hours, working from home and when needing to take leave. - I found HR supportive and the department very culturally inclusive which I loved. - If you are on fixed term it is hard to secure an ongoing position without having to go through a panel interview, even if you are already working in the position
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Good work but still trying to find its feet

DJSC is a great place to work but it's in a state of flux and the vision is not clear. It's a work in progress and I expect to see a much better workplace by the end of 2019. There's significant lack of resources in training and ensuring staff development outside of internal training mechanism. There's a lot of autonomy in higher VPS roles but also a lack of guidance or mentorship from executives or senior management. Overall it's a great place to work if you land on a good project but that's not always guaranteed


flexible work environment, autonomy


lack of staff development
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Culture of bullying protected by HR

The salary offered could never make up for the lack of training, nepotism and downward envy from people who have been in positions they are not qualified for too long. The turnover of staff should be seen as an indicator of performance of management, not the staff they supposedly look after (when they are not too busy at the tennis, on the boards of companies and "working from home"). If you want to sit around earning too much money to prove that you can take a two hour lunch or reduce the new recruits to tears by assigning tasks without support, this is the perfect job for you. If you want to actually do your job, up skill and work as a team, keep walking because despite policy and guidelines that say you will be doing these things you'll be too busy pulling knives out of your back (and front) to do your job. Don't expect to be rewarded for experience because that is threatening to the stuffy arrogant seasoned bullies who will use it to make you look like a know it all or segregate you until you question your abilities and don't expect your executive management to have any qualifications appropriate for the job they get paid for or have any issues dealt with by HR (have a look at how many lawyers work for HR, that'll tell you how much money they spend protecting the vile culture that is as accepted as the "casual racism" and high turnover). Apart from that, it's a beautiful place to work if you ignore the previous statements...


Three hours of lunch if you are invited.


Bullying protected, racism, ignorance and incompetent management leading to injury.
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Secure employment...if permanent

Great job with the right support. Unfortunately, some areas are top heavy and some of the upper management tend to be a little less transparent in their actions than one would expect of a person of their station.
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Prison Officer

Working with prisoners and providing the facility to rehabilitate themselves. Providing a stable routine and assisting other staff in providing security and good order of the facility.


Governmenbt employment


Shift work
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The People l work with are the best people in the world

A typical day at work for me would be processing stake holders into the prison or controlling traffic in and out of prison , l never stop learning , l understand management s job is to save money as it is a government job. the hardest part of the job would be dealing with management , the most enjoyable part of my job is the people l work with .


the people l work with


Long hours
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3.3 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.3 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.1 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
2.8 out of 5 stars for Management
2.9 out of 5 stars for Culture

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