Department of Justice and Community Safety
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Requires urgent improvements in health safety and welfare .

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What is the best part of working at the company?Commitment to interaction and interpersonal skills staff and clients .What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Lower staff level due health safety compensation.What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Unsafe due lack of training resulting in lack people skill management overall consistent with current mental health issues .What is a typical day like for you at the company?Insecure unsafe at times . Due to low staff levels ,
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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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  • Ability to learn new things
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highly dangerous and stressful

While the intention to support youth within the justice precinct is in theory a wonderful opportunity, the reality is that it is highly dangerous and the caliber of staff are generally not highly educated or concerned with maintaining high levels of integrity.
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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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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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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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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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Perfect working environment

Love coming in everyday to a supportive team environment. Amazing support from everyone. Clean amenities. Convenience of a cafe, kitchen and spacious work space. No pressure from Leaders, they are just as supportive as ever gone else. Love this job.
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Prison Officer

Shift worker 9 day fortnight working 80hrs Two 12hr shifts and seven 8hr shifts Sometimes can get 4-5 days off straight without touching leave. Get 5 weeks of annual leave per year plus LIL for every public holiday.
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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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Bullying Culture

Bullying culture protected by HR, Senior Management and Leadership Executives. The department brags to care about their employees and their Mental Health but the fact is if you work here you'll end up suffering with mental health issue yourself. You are not allowed to be yourself. Even your hello or good morning (which are basic professional traits) might end up offending someone.


No pros


Bullying and bad working culture
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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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department of justice

very supportive environment and learned a lot of on the job skills good culture and very supportive people ' great induction package and car parking for staff


flexible work


high stress
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Stressful environment.

Job description of a Supervisor has changed over the last few years due to reforms ie Parole Board decisions after high profile media cases. Youth Justice also playing a large role in this and the high amount of Remandee's and Protection Prisoners incaserated. Due to this so many incidents of Self Harm, suicide, assault not just prisoner on prisoner but statt assaults also.


Ongoing work, this industry is never going to close.


Night Shift, Assaultative behaviour by inmates increasing. Less staff to deal with more prisoners.
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Training and Support with career development

Overall a good employer with opportunities for work/life balance. Some improvement needed in the quality of staff recruited for base grade roles as this impacts on community safety


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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


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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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Based on 58 reviews

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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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