Applications for employment as a prison officer are only available, and will only be accepted during a recruitment campaign. At other times, a register of interest is kept, and all enquiries are added to this register of potential prison officers.

When dates for a recruitment campaign are set, all persons listed on the register of interest are contacted and advised, and directed to the www.nt.gov.au/jobs for an application.You can be placed on the register of interest by contacting us.  

All prison officer in training applicants must attend fitness and aptitude testing sessions and meet the minimum standards to be considered for the next stage of assessment. Experienced prison officers are not required to complete aptitude testing but must meet fitness standards.

Successful prison officer in training applicants will be offered a 12 month temporary contract. They are required to participate in an initial 11 week paid off-the-job training and upon successful completion will complete the remainder of the  12 months training program in a correctional centre in Alice Springs, Tennant Creek or Darwin. After one year of service, prison officers in training may obtain their Certificate III in Correctional Practice (subject to satisfactory completion of all requirements) and may be offered permanent employment as a prison officer. If there are more suitable applicants than positions available, the excess applicants will be recorded on a prison officer recruitment register and offered a position on the next available intake.

Experienced prison officers will undergo initial training and will then commence work in a correctional centre.