442 Prison and Security Officers
Prison and Security Officers supervise and control the activities of inmates in correctional institutions, and provide security and investigative services to organisations and individuals.
Indicative Skill Level:
Most occupations in this minor group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.
- AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV, or at least three years of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 3); or
- AQF Certificate II or III, or at least one year of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 4); or
- AQF Certificate I, or compulsory secondary education (ANZSCO Skill Level 5)
In New Zealand:
- NZQF Level 4 qualification, or at least three years of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 3); or
- NZQF Level 2 or 3 qualification, or at least one year of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 4); or
- NZQF Level 1 qualification, or compulsory secondary education (ANZSCO Skill Level 5)
In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification. In the case of some Skill Level 5 occupations, a short period of on-the-job training may be required in addition to or instead of the formal qualification, or no formal qualification or on-the-job training may be required.
- observing the conduct and behaviour of prisoners to prevent disturbances and escapes
- supervising prisoners during work assignments, recreational periods, sporting activities and meals
- patrolling and guarding properties, and checking for unauthorised entry
- providing armed escort for the transport of cash and other valuables
- maintaining order at venues where there are large gatherings of people
- conducting investigations for clients
- advising clients on security requirements and recommending and designing security specifications