4421 Prison Officers

ANZSCO Unit Group Code: 
ANZSCO Unit Group Name: 
Prison Officers
ANZSCO Unit Group Description: 


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

Avg. weekly earnings - males (May 2012): 
1 467.60
Avg. weekly earnings - females (May 2012): 
1 353.30
Avg. weekly earnings - persons (May 2012): 
1 441.80