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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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Tremble place to work

Disgusting workplace & unsafe work environment. Staff are bully’s & treat new staff terrible. Prisoners are spoken to in a disgusting manner.If you have self worth and respect who you are as a person don’t work for them


Long hours for little reward
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Based on 10 survey responses
What people like
  • Feeling of personal appreciation
  • Ability to learn new things
Areas for improvement
  • Support from manager
  • Sense of belonging
  • General feeling of work happiness

Toxic environment led by management

Unsafe toxic environment with promotions for people who suck up and are brown nosers. Prisoners have more rights than staff! Safety of staff is ignored.


9 day fortnight


To long a list to mention
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Long hours, shiftwork

The job is team focused, stressful at times, stable, management is not always supportive, the culture is sometimes not positive, male dominated, shiftwork, good people to work with overall.


stable job


long hours, stressful
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Toxic environment

If nepotism is your thing, give Corrections Victoria a ring. It is full of ego and legends in their own mind people. They think they are police and they are so far from the truth. Bullying is condoned and gross negligence is covered up.
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Unsafe understaffed

I think working in this environment is very stressful and dangerous. Unpredictable young people's behaviors sometimes can cause an assault on other people as well as staff. Placing different your people with different issues and backgrounds is unsafe.
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Great place to contribute to helping the community.

Shift work is essential, week end work is required. Yearly training essential. Lots of variety of work experience. Prisoners are easier to manage than staff. Management to not support staff effectively.
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23 year working at Melbourne assessment prison

Management nothing but picks it u get sick as a permanent employee and run out of sick... Stay away from this role. U will be casually employee at best.. If u are a bum. Licker 'you will get a head..
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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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Great for a person wanting to retire

Corrections is a great job but not for everyone You need to be a type of person for this environment It’s very challenging at times but at the same time it has its down time and I like to be constantly busy and challenged


Job security


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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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High-stress, busy, but friendly and warm environment.

Working as a Community Corrections Officer has it's ups and downs. I enjoy the client facing aspect of the role, and my favourite part about this role is the difference I have been able to make for people who are in the wrong path of life when they are given their orders. I enjoy watching the change in the clients and seeing the development with their situations, lives, and the progression of their orders. The most difficult part of the role would be handling clients who do not believe they are meant to be on an order and protest any attempts to assist them. The people I work with are wonderful and friendly, despite the high levels of stress that comes with a role such as this. The entire office makes it easy to learn and feel comfortable to ask any questions. A typical day would involve scheduling appointments for client supervision and reporting, a lot of e-mailing correspondence with various business units and health care professionals, meeting client needs where possible and seeing clients for various reasons, among other tasks.


Making a positive impact on difficult situations for a variety of people.


Highly stressful role.
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Good Team atmosphere

- Requires more manning and pay. The staff present at the location I worked was positive and upbeat and got on with an impossible caseload with what they had to use.


Location to family home, day shift only.


The huge caseloads and walkin cliental
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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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Correctional Officer at Department of Justice and Community Safety

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$66,568 per year

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Based on 62 reviews

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3.2 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
2.8 out of 5 stars for Culture

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