Port Augusta Prison upgrade

JOB BOOST: Correctional Officer Thomas, General Manager Brenton Williams and Correctional Officer Hamilton at the new reception building site.

JOB BOOST: Correctional Officer Thomas, General Manager Brenton Williams and Correctional Officer Hamilton at the new reception building site.

THE PORT Augusta Prison’s $57.2 million upgrade will make it the biggest prison in South Australia, with 30 additional correctional officers to be hired.

The upgrade will provide bedding for 128 more inmates, taking its possible capacity to over 600 – the most in South Australia.

The constructions are underway and expected to be completed between the end of 2017 and start of 2018.

A Department for Correctional Services (DCS) spokesperson said the upgrades come as a result of an increase in the number of prisoners, with the Australian Bureau of Statistics reporting an eight per cent rise in adult prisoners in 2016.

“It is no secret that the South Australian correctional system has experienced continued growth in its prisoner population,” the DCS spokesperson said.

“As such, additional infrastructure is needed to cater for the increase.”

The DCS spokesperson said the upgrades will create over 30 jobs once completed, but there is no closing date for Trainee Correctional Officer applications and the DCS continually recruit throughout the year.

“Trainee Correctional Officers need to be self-assured, confident and able to communicate on any level, as they’ll be a role model and mentor, helping to develop appropriate behaviour,” the DCS spokesperson said.

Selection for a Trainee Correctional Officer position is a three-part process, with the first stage – screening and testing – involving police history checks, psychological assessment, and literacy, numeracy and IQ testing.

The second stage is a medical and physical assessment, while the third is a selection panel assessment, including panel selection interviews and work reference checks.

To apply for a position, visit the Employment Opportunities section of the DCS website

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