Parole or Probation Officers supervise offenders who have been placed on probation by court order or released conditionally from corrective service institutions.

    You usually need a formal qualification in community services, behavioural science, social work, social science, criminology, justice studies, or psychology to work as a Parole or Probation Officer. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Parole and Probation Officers.

    Tasks

    • Supervises offenders on probation and parole.
    • Assesses clients' needs and plans develops and implements educational, training and support programmes.
    • Interviews clients and assesses the nature and extent of difficulties.
    • Monitors and reports on the progress of clients.
    • Refers clients to agencies that can provide additional help.
    • Completes administrative work which may include written correspondence and reports.

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    • $1,328 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Parole and Probation Officers

    • 1,900 workers Employment Size
    • High skill Skill level rating
    • 88% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 40 hours Average full-time
    • 39 years Average age
    • 72% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Parole and Probation Officers (in their main job) grew strongly over 5 years:
    from 1,800 in 2011 to 1,900 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Parole and Probation Officers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in the Public Administration and Safety industry.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (88%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 39 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 72% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Public Administration and Safety95.2
    Health Care and Social Assistance3.8
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing0.2
    Manufacturing0.2
    Other Industries0.6

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateParole and Probation OfficersAll Jobs Average
    NSW31.531.6
    VIC25.525.6
    QLD19.520.0
    SA5.87.0
    WA10.410.8
    TAS2.32.0
    NT3.51.0
    ACT1.51.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketParole and Probation OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.2-5.05.0
    20-248.2-9.39.3
    25-3431.9-22.922.9
    35-4421.5-22.022.0
    45-5419.8-21.621.6
    55-599.2-9.09.0
    60-645.9-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.4-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationParole and Probation OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate10.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree43.7-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma16.3-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV16.1-21.121.1
    Year 128.8-18.118.1
    Year 111.6-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below3.5-12.512.5

    You usually need a formal qualification in community services, behavioural science, social work, social science, criminology, justice studies, or psychology to work as a Parole or Probation Officer. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Parole and Probation Officers.

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    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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    Employers look for Welfare Support Workers who are caring, compassionate and empathetic, and can communicate well with others.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Therapy and Counseling

      71% Skill level

      Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

    2. Psychology

      70% Skill level

      Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

    3. Customer and Personal Service

      70% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    4. English Language

      66% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    5. Public Safety and Security

      62% Skill level

      Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

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    Demands

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    1. Contact With Others

      98% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

    2. Telephone

      98% Important

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    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      97% Important

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    4. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      95% Important

      How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

    5. Electronic Mail

      94% Important

      How often do you use electronic mail?

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 21-1092.00 - Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists.

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