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Sheriff's officer recruitment

Applications are now closed. 

Expressions of interest

If you would like to know about future recruitment campaigns, register your interest by sending an email to sheriffsrecruitment@justice.vic.gov.au

Make sure you include your full name in the email. You do no need to submit an application/resume to register your interest. 

About the role

Sheriff’s officers play an important part in the justice system. They enforce warrants and orders issued by the courts for both criminal and civil matters, and make members of the community accountable for unpaid fines and infringements. Sheriff's officers use a variety of means (see the sheriff activities page) to locate people named on warrants and are authorised to exercise a range of enforcement powers

Skills

We are looking for people with:

  • drive and commitment
  • resilience
  • conflict management (ability to de-escalate situations)
  • diversity and cultural awareness
  • teamwork skills
  • problem-solving (ability to exercise sound judgement)
  • tactfulness and discretion
  • very good written and verbal communication
  • ability to adhere to strict procedures and processes.

Salary

The following outlines salary information before tax. Salary progression is dependent on successful completion of training, demonstration of competency and satisfactory performance. 

Please note that after 1 July 2015, there will be a 1.5 per cent increase to the base salary and an increase in superannuation to 9.5 per cent. 

Trainee sheriff officer

Full-time starting salary from $49,666 per annum including 9.25 per cent superannuation

*After the first five weeks - full-time salary $52,646 per annum including six per cent allowance and 9.25 per cent superannuation (plus 15 per cent allowance for shifts that begin after 10am).

Sheriff officer

After successfully completing the three-month probationary period, officers are paid $61,192 including six per cent allowance and 9.25 per cent superannuation (plus 15 per cent allowance for shifts that begin after 10am).

Senior sheriff's officer

After 36 months officers are paid $69,084 including six per cent allowance and 9.25 per cent superannuation (plus 15 per cent allowance for shifts that begin after 10am).

Entitlements

  • Annual leave loading of 17.5 per cent of base salary
  • Approved overtime entitlements:
    • Monday to Saturday - time and a half for the first three hours of approved overtime and double time thereafter
    • Sunday - double time for the approved overtime
    • Public holidays - double time and a half for the approved overtime.

Work locations

The Sheriff's Office is located in metropolitan as well as regional locations. 

Hours of work

An average shift lasts around 8-9 hours with varying start times (for example 7am for an early shift or midday for a late shift) and officers do a combination of early and late shifts.

Those working in metropolitan regions work an eight day fortnight. All other locations work a nine-day fortnight.

Regional Managers can request a shift change to meet operational requirements. Some flexibility beyond these hours may be required to assist with field operations. In general there is a two week notice period given when a change in roster is requested. The roster varies according to organisational arrangements.

An occasions, you may be required to undertake some overtime to attend to roadblocks and other operations. Regional Managers will provide notice to their regions of these changes. Overtime is generally pre-approved.

Eligibility

All appointments to the department are subject to reference checks and criminal record checks. There are also a number of relevant checks related to the position that will be completed should your application advance through the selection process. These include:

  • offence history and national police record (refer to Disclosing offence history for more information).
  • driver history (you require a current and valid Victorian drivers licence with no restrictions and able to operate an automatic vehicle)
  • warrant
  • bankruptcy 
  • conflict of interest 
  • reference 
  • medical and physical assessment.

Medical and physical requirements

Sheriff's officers perform a range of duties that require a certain level of fitness and agility. In order to perform these duties safely and without risk of injury or illness to yourself or others, you will need to undergo a medical and physical assessment as part of the selection process.

These duties include:

  • work day, afternoon and evening shifts
  • wear all personal protective equipment
  • apply self-defence tactics if required
  • apply restraint techniques
  • enter and work in high-rise buildings and car parks
  • work outdoors in varying weather conditions
  • safely drive and operate an automatic vehicle
  • undertake computer tasks and desk activities
  • stand and sit for extended periods of time
  • twist to retrieve paperwork in a vehicle
  • safely lift wheel clamps (up to 20kg)
  • bend, kneel, squat to secure wheel clamps
  • walk for lengths of time including up and down stairs and on uneven surfaces.

Please note

Any outside employment must be discussed with the Department of Justice & Regulation and disclosed during the selection process. The Sheriff of Victoria will consider outside employment in accordance with the Department’s Outside Employment Policy.

Training

When you become a sheriff’s officer, you will be provided with comprehensive pre-service and ongoing training. The training is compulsory as the training is specific to the role of a sheriff's officer. 

The pre-service training includes various training modules which include:

  • sheriff's officer legislation and policy
  • communication skills
  • enforcement process and procedures
  • diversity and cultural awareness
  • occupational health and safety
  • defensive tactic
  • scenario practices
  • roadblocks and operations.

Learning modules are delivered as a combination of classroom, scenarios and on-the-job experience. Satisfactory completion of assessments, demonstration of competency, and satisfactory completion of the three-month probationary period are all required before you are promoted to a sheriff’s officer.

Certificate IV Government (Court Compliance)

Sheriff's officers are to complete the Certificate IV Government (Court Compliance) within the first 12 months of employment in the department. The certificate is required in order to receive career progression and salary increases.

Officers can complete the assessment and submissions during working hours and previous officers have reported that doing after hours revision also assists in their training.

Personal protective equipment

Officers are required to carry an extendable baton for use as a defensive weapon only.  Prior to carriage, Trainee Sheriff's Officers will be required to complete training and competency assessment that covers all aspects of policy and deployment of this equipment.

Selection process

The selection process comprises of seven steps, candidates must satisfy the criteria set out in each before advancing to next.

Step 1 - Application 

To complete the application you need to show your understanding of the sheriff's officer role, eligibility to work in Australia and acknowledgement and consent to the department to conduct the relevant checks in order to accurately assess your eligibility for the role.

Step 2 - Online assessment 

This is to assess your verbal and abstract reasoning. You may also be asked further questions about job performance and suitability to the sheriff's officer role, work environment and whether you meet departmental values. 

Step 3 - Telephone interview

The telephone interview will be around 20 minutes in duration and will include clarification of some areas of your application and exploration of your motivation for applying and understanding of the role.

Step 4 - Assessment centre

This part of the assessment is a half-day of activities designed for you to demonstrate the skills, personal attributes and behaviours required of a sheriff’s officer. The assessment will include:

  • a behavioural based interview
  • a role play activity
  • a work sample activity.

Step 5 - Reference checks

A minimum of two professional references will be contacted. Please note that your referees must be people you have reported to (such as a Manager, Team Leader or Supervisor) within the past five years, not colleagues or friends. 

Step 6 - Medical assessment

This assessment will include:

  • health questionnaire
  • hearing test and vision test
  • urine sample for drug screening purposes
  • task-related assessments bases on the physical requirements of the role (including assessments such as push ups, sit ups, cardio fitness test, lifting 20kg over a short distance, leg and arm raises.

Step 7 - Notification

Final application review and outcomes notified.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander flags

The department acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians of the land and acknowledges and pays respect to their Elders, past and present.