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Unlock your career and lifestyle potential at the new Lockyer Valley Correctional Centre

Are you a retiring or former member of the ADF looking for a new career challenge that contributes to community safety?

Do you want to unlock your job and lifestyle potential in the picturesque Lockyer Valley, Australia’s ‘salad bowl’, where country living and city convenience go hand-in-hand?

If so, take a look at Queensland Corrective Services’ new men’s correctional centre being built near Gatton, 90 kilometres west of Brisbane. There are more than 800 roles.

About the new centre

Due to be commissioned in 2024, the new high security men’s correctional centre will focus on health and rehabilitation, with safety at its core.

Taking on the latest thinking and best practice in corrective services, the centre will have targeted programs such as trade skills and various services including drug and alcohol rehabilitation. These will be delivered on site in modern, fit-for-purpose spaces.

The Lockyer Valley Correctional Centre is geographically the biggest correctional centre in Queensland and will have ongoing job opportunities now and into the future.

Job opportunities  

There are more than 800 roles in the new Centre. We are looking for custodial correctional officers which includes trade instructors, as well as psychologists, allied healthcare workers, administration officers, case managers, education officers and more.

For our custodial correctional officers, no formal qualifications or prior correctional experience is required. You just need to be a good communicator and have a desire to make a difference in other people’s lives.

You can make a difference

Like the defence force, a career in corrections can be challenging but the rewards are many.

Queensland Corrective Services officers come from all walks of life and are part of a broader multidisciplinary team that helps people in custody break the cycle of offending.

Many ex-defence workers, who make the transition to corrections, say that the skills they have gained during their ADF career, transfers well to work within a corrective services environment.

Career benefits

At Queensland Corrective Services, we enjoy many benefits including job security, good pay, and great work-life balance.

Salaries for custodial correctional officers range from $81,645 to $117,152 (inclusive of allowances, leave loading and superannuation), and the remuneration for other roles, such as administration and allied healthcare workers, is competitive and comparative to similar roles across the Queensland public sector.

To ensure a healthy work-life balance, flexible working arrangements, including a condensed working week are available for some roles. Other working arrangements include casual and part time, with some roles being able to work from home.

Relocation funding and support is also available for eligible applicants to work at the Lockyer Valley Correctional Centre.


The Lockyer Valley Correctional Centre is under construction near the town of Gatton, about 90 kilometres west of Brisbane.

The centre’s location in the picturesque Lockyer Valley, known as the ‘salad bowl’ of Australia, offers country living with city convenience, making it an attractive place to live and work.

It takes about 30 minutes to drive to the new centre from Toowoomba, 45 minutes from Ipswich, and just over an hour from Brisbane city.

More information

To find out more about the new Lockyer Valley Correctional Centre, the roles available, and living and working in the Lockyer Valley and surrounds, visit:


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