What they do
Community corrections officers supervise offenders placed on community-based supervision orders by the courts. They work with offenders placed on probation, parole, community service and home detention, using counselling and intervention strategies to promote law abiding behaviour and reduce the chance of re-offending. They work closely with offenders to develop a case management plan, helping them meet their goals by arranging employment and education, and providing other necessary assistance. Community corrections officers conduct regular interviews with their clients to assess, monitor and report on their progress.
Community corrections officers in Western Australia are employed by the Department of Corrective Services. There are opportunities to work in one of 35 offices around the state, though the majority of these workers are in the Perth metropolitan region. They may regularly have to deal with challenging situations, including working with potentially abusive clients.
The hours of work may vary significantly, with some community correction officers required to work nights and/or on weekends so they can visit clients at home.
Tools and technologies
Community corrections officers use a range of standard office equipment, including computers, phones, printers and photocopiers. They may also be required to hold a current drivers licence, to travel to visit offenders, offenders' families and other involved parties at their homes and/or workplaces.
How do I become one?
Education and training
To become a community corrections officer with the Department of Justice you must pass the recruitment process and complete the Correctional Officers Foundational Program training course.
Applicants must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen.
The selection assessment includes a selection panel interview, reference checks, and criminal history and integrity screening. Applicants may need to hold a current ‘C’ class driver’s licence.
Successful applicants are then required to complete a six-month paid training program at the Department’s Training Academy in Perth. Trainees who successfully complete this training are awarded the nationally recognised Certificate III in Correctional Practice (Community).
Entry into this occupation may be improved by obtaining a university degree in criminology, psychology, behavioural science, justice studies or a related area.
Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.