Correctional Officer Recruitment

As of 30 June 2021 there were 260 Correctional Officers (including casual employees).

ACTCS conducted two bulk recruitment processes for Correctional Officers between July 2020 and February 2021. The first two processes, in July 2020 and October 2020, was for the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC). The July process attracted over 450 applicants, of these, 14 new recruits (eight male and six female) were selected to complete the ten-week training course. The process in October 2020, attracted over 300 applications. Of these, 21 new recruits (13 male and eight female) were selected to complete the ten-week training course. The third process, in February 2021, was for the Court Transport Unit (CTU), which attracted over 250 applications. Of these 12 new recruits (five male and seven female) were selected to complete the twelve-week training course.

Community Corrections Officer Recruitment

Between August 2020 and June 2021, ACTCS engaged in five recruitment processes for Community Corrections Officers. These processes attracted over 160 applicants, with the last process currently being finalised. As at 30 June 2021, there were 30 Community Correction Officers.

Attracting and Retaining Women

Attracting women to ACTCS is a key focus area. In 2020-21, the marketing campaign for Correctional Officer recruitment highlighted opportunities for women to join ACTCS. A total of 278 women applied for positions in the custodial officer recruitment drives, representing over 27.8% of all applications received. Twenty-one women were successful in the 2021-21 recruitment drives, representing 44.7% of the overall successful applicants, this compares to 30% in the previous year. In addition, leadership training and opportunities to act in higher positions have been provided to women within ACTCS to enhance career development.

Attracting and retaining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates continued to apply for correctional positions as part of the successful recruitment rounds in 2020 and February 2021.

As at 30 June 2021, there were 24 employees of ACTCS who identified as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and the Agency has 9 identified positions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. This is approximately 4.53 % of the overall workforce of ACTCS.

Training and Development

A broad range of professional development activities are coordinated by the Training and Development Unit (TDU) and delivered to ACTCS staff, including Leadership Capability Development, Security Awareness training and specialised training for new and existing Community Corrections and Release Planning staff:

  • Radicalisation and Extremism Awareness Program (REAP) (non-custodial)
  • Mandatory Primary Training
  • Vicarious Trauma
  • Pre-Sentence Report (PSR) Writing
  • Level of Service Inventory (LSIR)
  • Situational Awareness
  • Drug Awareness.

The TDU develops and delivers the Custodial Recruit Training (CRT) program for new staff joining ACTCS as Correctional Officers. In 2020-21, one recruit cohort completed the CRT program. The cohort was made up of five female and seven male recruits who completed the ten-week program that was contextualised to the operational requirements of the AMC.

Operational staff can enrol in accredited training that is delivered and assessed by TDU trainers, including:

  • Certificate III in Correctional Practice (Custodial): A total of 10 Correctional Officers were awarded this qualification in 2020-21; a further 36 enrolled officers continued working towards completion of the qualification.
  • Certificate IV in Correctional Practice CSC40115: A total of 28 Correctional Officers were awarded this qualification in 2020-21; a further 18 enrolled operational staff continued working towards completion of the qualification.
  • Certificate IV in Correctional Practice CSC40115 (Community): One enrolled community staff member continued working towards completion of the qualification.