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Unlock your potential at the new men’s correctional centre near Gatton in the Lockyer Valley

  • More than 800 jobs available at new men’s correctional centre near Gatton opening in 2024
  • Advertising campaign launches this week highlighting the great work/life balance options and varied career opportunities
  • Queensland Corrective Services sponsoring Gatton Show fireworks on Saturday 22 July

Queensland Corrective Services has kicked off its advertising campaign to recruit more than 800 jobs for the new men’s correctional centre near Gatton in the Lockyer Valley, opening in 2024.

The new, 1536-bed centre will be the largest in Queensland with a commitment to the health and rehabilitation of prisoners in a safe and secure environment.

The operating model of the new centre represents a new direction for Queensland Corrective Services, with many programs and services to be delivered onsite. This will include mental health, drug and alcohol rehabilitation services in modern and fit-for-purpose spaces.

The advertising campaign which launched this week is calling on job seekers, new graduates and people looking for a career change to unlock their job and lifestyle potential at the new centre.

It is encouraging people to come and work and live in the Lockyer Valley and surrounds and enjoy the benefits of a career in corrections, such as job security and a great work/life balance.

Jobs available at the new centre include custodial correctional officers, trade instructors, psychologists, administration officers, allied health workers, case managers and more.

To strengthen its commitment to the local community, Queensland Corrective Services is sponsoring the Saturday night fireworks at this year’s Gatton Show on 22 July, with staff on-hand throughout the two-day show to talk to people about working at the front-line public safety agency.

Quotes attributable to Acting Deputy Commissioner Adam Black, Organisational Capability, QCS: 

“It is an exciting time for the Lockyer Valley’s employment market with a variety of jobs and skills needed for the new men’s correctional centre located near Gatton.

“Operating a facility of this size will need a substantial workforce and we have hundreds of job opportunities for local people.

“There is not a one-size-fits-all approach. We encourage people from all walks of life to consider a career in corrections as many skills are transferable from other industries.

“If you would like to use your skills to contribute to safer communities, make a real difference to others’ lives, be a part of a supportive team and enjoy flexible working arrangements, we may have a role for you.”

Quotes attributable to Assistant Commissioner Joel Smith, Custodial Operations Southern Region, QCS:

“We have been a part of the Lockyer Valley and surrounding communities for more than 10 years now, since the women’s correctional centre opened in 2012.

“About 300 people are employed now at the women’s facility and when the men’s centre opens in 2024, there will be more than 1100 people working in the precinct, making us one of the largest employers in the region.

“We’re looking forward to the fireworks this weekend at the Gatton Show and are proud to sponsor them. We will have a stand where people can come and have a chat to find out more about our new centre, what we do, and how they can join us in keeping Queensland communities safe.

“Our commitment to the community will continue to grow as we build our presence within the Lockyer Valley and support the local economy through employment and supply chain opportunities.”

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