1220.0 - ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations, 2013, Version 1.2  
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    PRISON OFFICERS supervise and control the activities of inmates in prisons and other correctional institutions.

    Indicative Skill Level:
    Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

    In Australia:

      AQF Certificate II or III (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

    In New Zealand:
      NZ Register Level 2 or 3 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

    At least one year of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

    Tasks Include:

    • observing the conduct and behaviour of prisoners to prevent disturbances and escapes
    • inspecting and maintaining the security of locks, window bars, grilles, doors and gates
    • supervising prisoners during work assignments, recreational periods, sporting activities and meals
    • assisting with the implementation of education, rehabilitation and other programs organised for prisoners
    • searching prisoners and cells for weapons, drugs and other contraband items
    • patrolling assigned areas and reporting breaches of rules, unsatisfactory attitudes and prisoner adjustment problems
    • requisitioning prisoners' clothing, toiletries, reading material and other allowable items
    • supervising prisoners in transit between courts, prisons and other facilities

      442111 Prison Officer


    Alternative Title:
      Correctional Officer (Aus)
      Corrections Officer (NZ)

    Supervises and controls the activities of inmates in a prison or other correctional institution.

    Skill Level: 4


      Custodial Officer

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