Far North Queensland – unlock a new career in community safety

Lotus Glen Correctional Centre is actively recruiting for 50 new custodial correctional officers to fill positions in Far North Queensland.

Applications are now open with visiting recruitment specialists conducting assessments and interviews in Cairns on May 30.

Lotus Glen Correctional Centre, Chief Superintendent Gabrielle Payne encouraged locals to apply to join the top tier public safety agency and make a real difference to the safety of the Far North Queensland community.

“Queensland Corrective Services’ officers work hard to improve public safety, striving to ensure prisoners and offenders are less likely to return to crime,” Ch Supt Payne said.

“Working at the frontline is deeply meaningful work – we transform lives, and communities, every single day.

“Our officers are highly valued, they come from a range of different backgrounds to create a strong, diverse and empowered workforce and we equip them with the highest level of training, skills and support to perform their roles safely and effectively,” Ch Supt Payne said.

Queensland Corrective Services offers a progressive career path across a range of exciting roles in prisoner management and rehabilitation, including:

  • custodial correctional officers in prisons, courts and escort security vehicles
  • trade instructors
  • dog squad officers
  • psychologists and social workers
  • cultural liaison officers
  • administrative officers

Scott Brady was looking for a change, a challenge and a better work life balance when he swapped a career in finance and insurance for corrections in 2016.

“My background as a custodial correctional officer at Lotus Glen Correctional Centre has given me the skills to experience various roles in the centre,” Scott said.

“In my current role we are responsible for the reception of new prisoners entering the centre, discharging offenders to bail, parole or liberty and management of prisoner’s property.

“Our unit also looks after prisoner visits and external prisoner escorts to medical and specialist appointments.

“As a custodial correctional officer, I need to be a positive role model to the prisoner group to assist them in determining what is acceptable behaviour which will help them to correct offending behaviour. In turn, this reduces reoffending and keeps Queensland communities safe.

“Respect is one of the most important principles in my role – without respect, safety in a correctional environment could become compromised.

“Flexibility is equally important and I am fortunate to work for an agency where our roster affords us time off when needed and promotes a great work life balance.”

For information on how to apply to join Queensland Corrective Services, visit corrections.qld.gov.au/careers

Successful applicants will complete a paid 10-week Custodial Officer Entry Program to prepare for the challenges of working in a correctional centre, and relocation reimbursement payments are available for those who move to the region to take up a position.

A Queensland Corrective Services’ Assessment Centre involves a half-day session to consider the suitability of applicants using panel interviews, group and computer assessments.

The Cairns Assessment Centre will be held at the Novotel Oasis Resort in Cairns on 30 May.