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Issued: 29th Monday 2016
The largest recruitment drive in Corrective Services NSW's history launched today with hundreds of jobs on offer across the state.
More than 1,400 custodial officer roles will need to be filled over the next year at the state's 35 correctional centres as well as more than 100 community corrections officer roles, as part of the NSW Government's Better Prisons program.
CSNSW Commissioner Peter Severin said working in the correctional system was challenging and rewarding.
"Supervising and interacting with offenders is not for everyone, however correctional staff play a vital role in the justice system and make an enormous contribution to the safety of the NSW community," Mr Severin said.
"New custodial officer recruits undertake 10 weeks of paid training at the Brush Farm Corrective Services Academy and once in the workplace, staff receive ongoing development and mentoring programs.
The Brush Farm Corrective Services Academy provides some of the world's finest operational corrective services training. On completion of training, new custodial recruits receive a Certificate III in Correctional Practice, which is a nationally recognised qualification.
"Corrections welcomes people from different walks of life and age groups, which has helped build a diverse workforce."
CSNSW is hoping to build on this diversity and in particular to attract more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from culturally diverse backgrounds to take up available opportunities.
There are around 4,400 custodial officers currently employed within CSNSW, an increase of more than 430 in the past two years. Casual and full-time opportunities are available with a focus on correctional centres at Wellington in the state's central west, Cessnock in the state's Hunter region and Long Bay in Sydney's east.
"With a rapid build prison set to open at Wellington next year, there will be plenty of opportunities for custodial officers, programs and administrative staff," Mr Severin said.
"Wellington has a rich history, being the second-oldest town west of the Blue Mountains. There's affordable housing, a strong community feel and a range of businesses and services. It's a great place to bring up a family."
Assistant Commissioner (Community Corrections) Rosemary Caruana said the organisation is also on the lookout for people interested in making a difference in the criminal justice system by becoming a community corrections officer at one of the 58 offices across the state.
"We manage offenders on a range of court orders, including parole. Our strategies and services are targeted at reducing re-offending and enhancing community safety. This is both a challenging and rewarding role," Ms Caruana said.
"Our officers prepare reports for courts and the State Parole Authority, and develop individual case plans that address offending behaviour, which is paramount to reducing the risk of reoffending."
Community corrections trainees complete eight weeks of paid training and a four week placement at one of the 58 offices. Further on the job training is provided over nine months resulting in a Certificate IV in Correctional Practice.
For more information, visit www.correctionscareers.justice.nsw.gov.au