Prison officers must be self-disciplined, assertive, have excellent conflict resolution skills, and be physically fit with good vision. It's also important to work well with a broad range of people and be able to follow orders. Honesty, professionalism, a sense of responsibility, being a team player and being considerate of others, are important qualities.
Significant improvements are underway in the administration of prison services, which will impact on the type of person recruited as a prison officer. ''These changes will ensure that prison service programs are amongst the best in the world.
Research indicates a trend towards focusing on custody and well-being, reparation and rehabilitation. Therefore, the Ministry is looking for high calibre staff who have good people skills, are able to accept responsibility, have good judgement and use their initiative.'' Reducing the number of people who re-offend and return to prison is the overall objective of the Ministry of Justice, which employs prison officers. Only Australian citizens who pass an Australia wide police clearance can work as a prison officer.