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Careers in Probation and Parole

This can be a life-long career?

More than 620 staff are currently working for Probation and Parole in a variety of roles from management and administration roles to specialist roles including Intelligence and Interventions.

You could become ... a highly experienced, case manager who works on a one-to-one basis with offenders who sees the reward when they complete their order satisfactorily with you.

"The opportunity to get inside offenders' minds to better understand why people make bad choices and turn to crime."

You could become ... a case manager or cultural liaison support worker willing to live and work in remote communities such as Thursday Island, the Cape or the Lower Gulf for those people committed to closing the gap and reducing the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offenders in the criminal justice system. (These positions attract additional leave, travel and monetary incentives.)

"You have to be prepared as a new probation and parole officer who is intent on career development to move around and up-skill across all locations as they all have unique service delivery requirements around offender management."

You could become ... a supervisor or manager of a region or district office in any one of the 35 locations that is responsible for day to day and long term strategic planning of all operating and service delivery needs.

"Being able to present as a professional is a key quality, particularly to the Courts and our stakeholders but it is also role-modelling to the offenders".

You could become ... a community service champion through our compliance officer roles where you build relationships with organisations and create networks that allow offenders to give back and rejuvenate our community sports, parks and recreational facilities, supporting our core social and environmental values.

"The ability to think outside the square and come up with creative solutions is a handy asset."

You could become ... a strong voice of guidance through teaching offenders who are ordered by the Courts to complete education programs on their offending behaviour such as drink driving, substance abuse, domestic violence as a Program Delivery Officer.

"Being open in your ideas about life, because sometimes what you hear can be quite shocking."

Last updated: 17 February 2012