Trades and services

As a trades and service employee, known as a vocational support officer, you will have the opportunity to share your trade knowledge with prisoners and equip them with valuable work skills.

Working with the Department of Justice means a steady income and job option with regular hours for tradespeople and farm staff.

The role

You'll not only help deliver community and industry programs aimed at preventing re-offending and encouraging prisoner participation, you'll also be making a positive difference in prisoners' lives.

Our vocational support officers provide training to prisoners and manage programs aimed at increasing the prisons' self-sufficiency and raising commercial return.

You'll also need to ensure that your work environment complies with occupational safety and health regulations and production meets quality standards.

The benefits

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Our vocational support officers enjoy a range of great benefits including:

  • employment security
  • flexible working conditions
  • generous leave entitlements including:
    • 5 or 6 weeks annual leave plus 17.5% leave loading
    • personal leave
    • parental leave (paid and unpaid)
    • study leave
    • long service leave after 7 years
    • purchased leave
  • competitive salary: $50,653-$86,036 per annum* plus superannuation
  • opportunities for promotion
  • supplied uniforms
  • regional incentives (depending on the location)
  • the ability to utilise your trade skills to make a real difference to the lives of others.

* Note - some vocational support officer positions do not require qualifications and some involve shift work.


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The people we seek include:

  • chefs
  • bakers
  • cabinet makers
  • metal and mechanical tradespeople
  • farm operators/farm managers
  • horticulturalists/market gardeners/groundsmen
  • laundry operators
  • automotive panel/paint repairers
  • abattoir workers
  • textile/garments manufacturing tradespeople.

When positions are advertised, the eligibility requirements will be outlined in the Application Package, including the specific salary range applicable to the position and the trade qualifications or skills required.

You'll need to be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen.

Page reviewed 3 March 2020