Recruitment selection process

The selection process is not always a linear process. Undertaking a stage of the selection process is not an indication that an applicant has passed any of the previous stages.

The stages of this process may occur concurrently due to time constraints and prison operational programming.

Furthermore, the testing stage is conducted when sufficient applications are received.

Success will depend on:

  • demonstrating highest merit and best potential for the job
  • rated against the job and person specifications
  • compared with the other applicants against each stage of the selection process.

Stage one – the application process

Applications will only be accepted if they include all of the following:

  • completed and signed Application Pack
  • completed and signed Pre-Employment Declaration form
  • certified copy of Driver’s Licence
  • passport sized photograph
  • certified copy of a valid first aid certificate [either HLTAID003 Provide First Aid or HLTAID011 Provide First Aid]
  • certified copy of full Australian birth certificate, or
    • certified copy of Australian Citizenship certificate, or
    • certified copy of Australian Permanent Residency status
  • certified copy of any change of name documentation such as Marriage Certificate or Divorce Papers
  • certified copy of your Pre-Employment Correctional Officer Recruitment Test Results conducted
    by TAFE SA.

Stage two – screening of applications

The department reviews all applications. Suitable candidates will be notified of their selection and will progress to the next stage of selection.

Stage three – testing

There will be additional testing run by DCS.
This includes independent Psychometric Assessment to identify suitability for a Correctional Officer role.

Stage four – selection interview by a panel

There will be an interview as part of the process.

Stage five – general employment probity screening

We will be carrying out all necessary character suitability checks including National Criminal History and all relevant employment probity and integrity checks.

Stage six – pre-employment medical examination and functional capability evaluation

There will be a medical examination and a functional capability – such as a fitness test – carried out by a qualified health professional.

Stage seven – work referencing checking

Previous employers will be asked for a reference.

Stage eight – review, decision, approval

A panel will make a recommendation based on the results of the previous stages.

Stage nine – offer of employment

Congratulations – you made it this far. The next stage is to begin your training.