Fancy a jailer job? Move to the Sunshine State

By Shannon Jenkins

Friday August 23, 2019

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Queensland Corrective Services must recruit hundreds of new officers to keep up with its expanding corrections network, says the Minister for Corrective Services, Mark Ryan.

Ryan — who is also Minister for Police — urged Queenslanders to consider a career with QCS during this “exciting time”.

“It’s less than two years since Corrective Services became a government department in its own right,” he said.

“I say to Queenslanders, if you want a secure, permanent job in a front-line public safety agency like Corrective Services, then we want you.”

The QCS recruitment drive was launched at the state’s biggest event, the Ekka, where 64,500 people visited the government precinct.

“The QCS stand was staffed by a wide range of officers from custodial correctional officers, community corrections officers, QCS dog squad, trade instructors, sentence management officers, program delivery officers, victims register officers, and HR officers,” Ryan said.

“Over the 10 days, there were hundreds of inquires about working for QCS from members of the public.

“Corrections staff received an average of 30 serious enquiries each day.”

Roughly 350 recruitment brochures, more than 350 QCS magazines, and around 10,000 pieces of branded collateral were handed out at the event, Ryan added.

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Following the recruitment drive earlier this month, Ryan said QCS hopes to employ more than 700 Queenslanders for prison jobs.

“Many of these jobs are in custodial corrections, where we need recruits with a wide range of life skills and backgrounds,” he said.

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“Successful candidates will be paid while they undergo a 10-week training course to teach them the required skills necessary to work at the front line of public safety.

“With the expansion of Capricornia Correctional Centre in Rockhampton coming online in 2020-2021, we are looking to start recruiting over 200 new officers to staff the centre.

“Additionally, as the state’s overall prisoner numbers grow in line with current projections, up to 200 additional jobs will need to be filled in this sector over the coming year.”

QCS recently launched its 10-year strategic plan, Corrections 2030.

The strategy is underpinned by a vision to make Queensland’s communities safer with fewer victims of crime.

Ryan emphasised that in recruiting new staff, “the most important attribute we are looking for are people who are committed to keeping the community safe.”

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