Located in Western Sydney, Parklea Correctional Centre, Parklea houses 823 remand and sentenced maximum and minimum security inmates and includes a Works Release Centre. The facility also provides employment and skills training, recovery programs and therapy.
Parklea Correctional Centre is operated by The GEO Group Australia P/L, which is a subsidiary of the US-based The GEO Group, Inc.
The GEO Group Australia is a leading provider of outsourced correctional and related services, managing (in addition to Parklea): Junee Correctional Centre, Arthur Gorrie CC in Brisbane, Fulham CC near Sale in Victoria as well as health care services across the Victorian prison network. GEO provides secure and humane containment of offenders as well as a range of innovative programs designed to break the “cycle of reoffending” and assist offenders to achieve a future free from crime. GEO prides itself on building "better corrections, safe communities".
Correctional Officers perform the important role of managing and supervising offenders, ensuring the safety and security of the Correctional Centre and assisting key stakeholders to reduce recidivism through specially designed programs and services delivered to offenders.
As key members of the Operations Department team, Correctional Officers are required to successfully complete a nine-week Pre-Service Training Course, prior to commencement as a qualified Correctional Officer. The next course is anticipated to commence on Monday, 14th April 2014.
The GEO Group is seeking applications from people interested in “casual” work.
The preferred applicant will be assessed and selected on merit with due consideration to their performance and level of competency during the pre-service training course and other experience and qualifications including the following : industrial trade qualification, military service, previous Correctional experience, community services or related qualification.
Casual work at Parklea Correctional Centre involves a combination of rostered shifts and “call-outs” to cover absences of full-time staff (on planned or unplanned leave). Casual staff are normally offered an average of 24 to 32 hours per week, with the opportunity to progress through an Eligibility List to full-time work.
Successful Correctional Officers are people from all backgrounds, who hold strong positive values (including honesty and integrity), who are mature in their approach to all things and who have solid communication skills and common sense. Women, indigenous, culturally diverse and people with a mature attitude and life experience (must have been in the work force for a minimum of 5 years after leaving school) are all encouraged to investigate the possibility of becoming a Correctional Officer.
GEO is an equal opportunity employer, and is proud to be able to offer their staff career progression as well as the opportunity to become a certified workplace trainer or Workplace Health and Safety representative, to work in different roles / departments or even a different GEO-operated Correctional Centre.
Due to the nature of the role, you will need to have the ability to operate in a correctional setting, working directly with offenders and complying with the Centre's security procedures. You will also need to obtain and maintain a satisfactory security clearance as approved by the Commissioner of Corrective Services NSW. Such clearance is unlikely to be granted if you have been convicted of a criminal offence.
Correctional Officers also need to be able to maintain a reasonable level of physical fitness (especially muscular-skeletal); and persons who engage in excessive alcohol consumption and/or use illegal drugs are not suited to this work environment.
We will be holding a number of information sessions on Saturday 15th February 2014, so interested parties can obtain more information on being a Correctional Officer. These will be held in the Staff Canteen at Parklea Correctional Centre at the following times:
The GEO Group is one of the leading private correctional and related services management companies in the world. GEO is committed to establishing and maintaining a workplace that is safe, secure and humane, not only for employees, but also for the offenders entrusted in their care. GEO works diligently to ensure its employees are happy and content in their roles.
GEO strives to foster and strengthen community relationships and takes pride in being able to offer so much to the local community, including scholarships and sponsorship support for a range of community activities. GEO also invests in local businesses and employs many people who live in the local community.
All Correctional Officers need to successfully complete a eight-week, full-time Pre Service Training Course and then continue studying for Certificate III in Correctional Practice.
As a Trainee Correctional Officer (for the nine weeks of the Pre Service Course), the salary is $1,528 per fortnight. Once graduated Casual Officers earn $34.37 per hour unless qualified.
Most shifts worked by Correctional Officers are 8 hours and full time staff work 19 shifts during each 28 day roster cycle, allowing for plenty of time to establish a comfortable work / life balance.
Further benefits include:
The GEO Group Australia asks that you follow these three steps in order to apply for this job:
For additional information in relation to all aspects of the role as well as the recruitment and selection process, please click here for the Applicant Information Brochure.
Parklea Correctional Centre requires you to attach your resume in support of your below application.
Please note: Applications close on Friday, 5pm AEST 22 February 2014.