1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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      Prison Officer
      Custodial Officer

Supervises and controls inmates in prisons and other correctional institutions.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is an AQF Certificate II or higher qualification or at least 1 years relevant experience.

Tasks Include:
  • observes the conduct and behaviour of prisoners, to prevent disturbances and escapes
  • inspects and maintains the security of locks, window bars, grilles, doors and gates
  • supervises prisoners during work assignments, recreational periods, sports and meals
  • assists with the implementation of programs organised for prisoners
  • searches prisoners and cells for weapons, drugs or contraband items
  • patrols assigned areas and reports breaches of rules, unsatisfactory attitudes or prisoner adjustment problems
  • requisitions prisoners' clothing, toilet articles, reading material or other allowable items
  • supervises prisoners in transit between courts, prisons and other facilities
  • prepares admission and other reports
  • may be required to administer first aid
  • may manage a wing or prison area and supervise the work of other prison officers

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