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Government and PublicSafety

In Central Queensland, jobs in government are a significant proportion of all employment from education and health to public safety and waste management. A further 5.5% of all workers at the time of the 2016 Census, or 5,406 persons, were engaged in providing public order, safety and regulatory services.

The Capricornia Correctional Centre, located 20 kilometres north of Rockhampton, is part of the State Government’s Queensland Corrective Services (QCS). It provides high and low security facilities for remand, reception and sentenced prisoners. The recent significant facility upgrades, due for completion in 2020, will support an increase in capacity and ongoing prison services. The upgrades included additional residential cells in new buildings. The Centre also offers inmates a wide range of vocational education and training programs.

Recruitment is underway at the Capricornia Correctional Centre for over 200 new staff. Click here for further information about working for QCS. Find out more information about becoming a Custodial Correctional Officer here.

Queensland Government Media Statement: Largest ever graduation of new Capricornia Correctional Centre officers, March 13, 2020

Nationally, trends for the public safety industry are as follows:

Strong growth in:

  • Prison Officers - average weekly income $1,580 before tax
  • Court and Legal Clerks – average weekly income $1,119 before tax
  • Police – average weekly income $2,036 before tax

Strong growth in:

  • Welfare support workers - average weekly income $1,328 before tax
  • Security Officers and Guards – average weekly income $1,318
  • Welfare, Recreation and Community Arts – average weekly income $1,374



12/12/2019 Media Release: Community safety lifts with graduation of Central Queensland officers