Community Corrections Officer Courses

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What is a Community Corrections Officer?

It's important that those who have been convicted of crimes know what services and resources are available to help them with life going forward. The right rehabilitation can help reduce the chances of repeat offense and prepare offenders to be valued members of society. Community corrections officers educate offenders about these rehabilitation options. In addition to providing assistance to offenders, community corrections officers report back to legal and judicial authorities to help determine further action, including potential parole.

This job often sees community corrections officers helping offenders with the transition from normal life to custody or from custody back into the community. Those in this role have a firm understanding of the resources available, including areas such as housing, education and professional opportunities as well as further rehabilitation work. This position is different from a correctional officer position, which involves oversight of inmates inside prisons.

Community Corrections Officer Courses

There are 2 courses available for people who want to become a Community Corrections Officer.

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How much do Community Corrections Officers earn?

In Australia, a full time community corrections officer generally earns $1,150 per week ($59,800 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience you can expect a potentially higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for Community Corrections Officers?

Community corrections officer positions fall under the umbrella of welfare support. This professional area has been a great source of job opportunities for Australians across the country, with approximately 65,600 positions as of May 2019. Some reports show even further growth ahead, with 80,500 positions available by 2024. From 2018-2023 there could be as many as 30,000 job openings.

Source: The Labour Market Information Portal - 2019 Occupational Projections and Australian Government Job Outlook

How long does it take to become a Community Corrections Officer?

Community corrections officers' main goal is to help offenders reintegrate into communities by using programs and resources to aid rehabilitation. Because of this, many of these roles can call for a qualification in Community Services. Two potential options that can provide a pathway to earning the skills and knowledge needed to pursue these jobs are a Diploma of Community Services and a Certificate IV of Community Services. The diploma can take anywhere from 12-24 months to complete depending on if you study on campus, online or blend study modes and if you study full or part time. The certificate can take upwards of 12 months to complete depending on study mode and schedule. Both feature a work placement component. While these might put you in a great position to find a new job, different positions and locations call for different education, training and experience.

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Sourced from The Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service (aapathways.com.au) funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and MySkills.gov.au