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Corrections OfficerAlternative titles

Āpiha Whare Herehere

This job is sometimes referred to as:

Prison Officer

Corrections officers are responsible for the safe, secure and humane containment of prisoners. They manage prisoners' sentence plans and rehabilitation programmes to help reduce reoffending.

Contact us

Call us on 0800 222 733


Corrections officers with one to three years’ experience usually earn
per year
Senior corrections officers usually earn
per year
Source: Department of Corrections.

How many people are doing this job?

Year 2012
Year 2011
Year 2010
Source: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, '2003-2012 Occupation Data' (prepared for Careers New Zealand), 2012.

Job opportunities


Chances of getting a job as a corrections officer are good due to a shortage of workers.

How to get into this job

Usually required

Comply with the Department of Corrections' criminal conviction policy

Hold a current driver's licence

A hand on a bunch of keys locking a prison cell door

Corrections officers supervise prisoners and monitor the progress of their sentence plans

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Updated 19 Dec 2013