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Community corrections officer

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Summary of occupation

Community corrections officers supervise offenders placed on community-based supervision orders by the courts. They work with offenders placed on probation, parole, community service and home detention, using counselling and intervention strategies to promote law abiding behaviour and reduce the chance of re-offending. They work closely with offenders to develop a case management plan, helping them meet their goals by arranging employment and education, and providing other necessary assistance. Community corrections officers conduct regular interviews with their clients to assess, monitor and report on their progress.

ANZSCO description: Supervises offenders who have been placed on  probation by court order or released conditionally from corrective  service institutions.
Alternative names: Parole Officer, Probation Officer
Specialisations: Youth Justice Officer
Job prospects: Good
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

A community corrections officer needs:

  • excellent interpersonal skills
  • excellent communication skills
  • good problem solving ability
  • maturity, patience, tolerance and discretion
  • the ability to lead, inspire and motivate others
  • resilience
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Working conditions

Community corrections officers in Western Australia are employed by the Department of Corrective Services. There are opportunities to work in one of 35 offices around the state, though the majority of these workers are in the Perth metropolitan region. They may regularly have to deal with challenging situations, including working with potentially abusive clients.

The hours of work may vary significantly, with some community correction officers required to work nights and/or on weekends so they can visit clients at home.

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Salary details

On average, community corrections officers can expect to earn between $1 434 and $1 516 per week, ($74 587 and $78 826 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. As a community corrections officer develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.

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Tools and technologies

Community corrections officers use a range of standard office equipment, including computers, phones, printers and photocopiers. They may also be required to hold a current drivers licence, to travel to visit offenders, offenders' families and other involved parties at their homes and/or workplaces.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

To become a community corrections officer with the Department of Justice you must pass the recruitment process and complete the Correctional Officers Foundational Program training course.

Applicants must be Australian or New Zealand citizens or a Permanent Resident.

The selection assessment includes an identification check, selection panel interview, psychological interview, a criminal history screening and an integrity check. Applicants may need to hold a current ‘C’ Class driver’s licence.

Successful applicants are then required to complete a six-month paid training program at the at the Department’s Training Academy in Perth. After completing this training, community corrections officers are awarded the nationally recognised Certificate III in Correctional Practice (Community).

Contact the Department of Justice for more information.

Entry into this occupation may be improved by completing a degree majoring in behavioural science, justice studies or a related area.

Some universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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