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Corrections officer

Corrections officers are responsible for the safe, secure and humane containment of prisoners and for managing them in a way that contributes to reducing re-offending.

Former Corrections Officer (now Principal Corrections Officer) Hine Khan talks about her work as a Corrections Officer in this video.

Meet Corrections Officer Michelle Brookes

The role is great and I wouldn’t change it for the world! Each day is full on and no two days are the same. I have been a corrections officer for six years and I am still learning something new every day.

Our team looks after female prisoners. And we also run a Mother and Baby Unit. Every day is fully routine-based, needless to say situations can change at the drop of a hat.

We encourage and advise prisoners to attend reintegration training such as parenting, kowhiritanga and employment training.

I am the unit's property officer so I deal with property issues or concerns. I find I also take on an advisory role, which I’m happy to do, you wear a lot of caps in a day.

I enjoy helping the women achieve their sentence plans. Some prisoners are working really hard to get the skills they need to stay out of prison.

I feel very safe in my work, but there’s absolutely no room for complacency.

I would recommend this role to anybody who likes variety in their work and can put their life skills to good use.

Recruitment process - new officers

Recruitment process - overseas applications

Position description

Corrections officers are responsible for the safe, secure and humane containment of prisoners and for managing prisoners in a way that contributes to reducing re-offending.


When you first start a custodial role (such as corrections officer in a prison or an instructor in offender employment) you will complete a six month training pathway.
This pathway has been designed to ensure you gain all the technical knowledge and skills required as well as being able to learn directly from other experienced and senior officers in the prison, so that you become a safe and effective officer.
The pathway includes two blocks of on site learning in the Department's residential Training College at Rimutaka Prison in Upper Hutt (a four week block after you have been in site for one week and another three week block from week 14-16 of your employment with us).

Frequently asked questions

Find out the answers to the following questions:

  • What is the salary range?
  • What are the hours and will I need to do shift work?
  • Will I need to wear a uniform?
  • What skills and experience do I need to become a corrections officer?
  • What training is given?
  • I’m not very fit, can I still apply for the role?
  • What happens if I fail my fitness test?
  • Do I need a driver licence?

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