We're Recruiting Court Security Officers
About Court Security
Our security services at Court Services Victoria keep the courts and tribunals and the people who attend them safe, secure and orderly - in more than 70 courts across Metropolitan and Regional Victoria.
With so many Court locations across the state, it’s easy to imagine the environments vary. No two courts are the same, and court users themselves vary from court to court. There is more than 650km between Orbost, a small country court in east Gippsland and Mildura, a busy court in a major regional hub.
Fun Fact: The distance from Orbost to Mildura is almost double the distance between Paris and London.
Court security is crucial to the justice system and its wide range of stakeholders; it enables courts to concentrate on their vital function.
We strive to maintain the highest standard of security service to enable the seamless delivery of justice.
If you're interested in a role as a Court Security Officer, please complete this form and we'll contact you.
In the performance of their duties, Court Security Officers employ various intelligence, risk management, and mitigation strategies to identify and prevent potential incidents. They are responsible for managing x-ray screening and detecting and removing prohibited items from entering the court premises. During court sessions, they provide security and de-escalate potential incidents to maintain a safe and secure environment.
Court Security Officers are also responsible for maintaining detailed records and writing comprehensive incident reports. They escort vulnerable family violence attendees and conduct patrols in and around the facility, as a team and autonomously. In the event of a medical emergency, they are trained to provide First-Aid assistance.
Court Security Officers are essential members of the court and tribunal system who play a critical role in ensuring the immediate safety and security of court premises and all individuals present within.
Most Court Security Officers work between 8:30-4:30pm Monday to Friday and don't work weekends or public holidays. During non-sitting days where no court matters are being heard, they can also take advantage of reduced hours and take annual leave.
Within the Melbourne Central Business District and other headquarters in Victoria, some courts may be required to extend their hours of operation beyond the above-mentioned times. To satisfy the needs of the courts, opportunities to undertake night court and/or weekend duties may be available and penalty rates are payable.
Court Security Officers are covered by the Security Services Industry Award (SSIA). Full-time and part-time officers are paid $26.43 an hour and casual officers are paid $33.04 an hour.
CSOs are also entitled to annual leave, personal leave, and various other supplementary benefits, such as travel allowances and food allowances where applicable.
Once you've applied online, one of our recruiters will reach out for a quick 10-minute phone call to discuss the role in more detail and find out more about you.
Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to attend an onsite interview.
If successful after the interview, the G4S Talent Acquisition team will email you a series of items to complete and return:
- Your ID and relevant Qualifications.
- National Police & Reference Check Form.
You will also need to complete and pass a pre-employment medical assessment.
Upon passing, you'll receive an employment contract plus a final set of Onboarding Forms to complete.
- Consent form + medical history review
- Height, weight and extrapolated BMI
- Blood pressure and heart rate
- Drug and alcohol test
- Neural Lumbar assessment
- Review range of motion
- Kneeling x5 | 5 second hold
- Unilateral lift and carry
- Step test
On your first day you can expect a warm welcome from your supervisor, they will guide you through a comprehensive site induction. This induction will cover all the necessary protocols, procedures and safety measures that you need to be aware of to carry out your duties effectively.
During the induction, you will also have the opportunity to meet the rest of your team, who will provide you with the necessary guidance and support throughout your training. Your induction training program will consist of a blend of online learning and practical on-the-job training, designed to equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in your role.
Depending on the needs of the court, you may begin your first day with some online learning or shadowing a team member on the floor. At the end of your first day, you will have the opportunity to debrief with your supervisor, who will be available to answer any questions you may have.
Your supervisor will be an integral part of your induction process and will provide you with regular support as you progress through your training. They will ensure that you feel fully supported, encouraged and equipped to excel in your role.
The induction program for the Court Security Officer role can span up to three months and is designed to equip you with a comprehensive understanding of your responsibilities, the workings of the courts, and the crucial role that Court Security Officers play in fostering a safe and welcoming environment for all court users. The training regimen is a blended learning approach that encompasses online modules and on-the-job work-integrated learning.
Throughout the training, you will be enrolled into a modern learning platform which contains online assessments and relevant materials which can be accessed by a tablet or computer. Additionally, you will receive personalised one-on-one instructions from a supervisor at a court facility, who will guide and support you through your on-the-job training. Your supervisors and mentors are seasoned professionals with a deep understanding of the court facility's standard operating procedures, and they will offer guidance and coaching as you navigate your training.
As part of your on-the-job training, you will undertake nationally-recognised short courses covering the use of batons, handcuffs, and screening and x-ray technology. You will receive extensive instruction on the proper use of these tools and technologies to ensure that you can carry out your duties confidently and safely. Once you have demonstrated the necessary competencies, you will be asked to affirm your commitment to performing the duties and responsibilities of a Court Security Officer. Following this, you will be authorised under the Court Security Act 1980 to undertake your role.
The security contract for Court Services Victoria is divided into 7 distinct regions: CBD, Metropolitan, Hume, Gippsland, Loddon Mallee, Grampians, and Barwon. As a Court Security Officer, you will be contracted to a specific region and will have the opportunity to work across multiple courts within that region. Most regions typically comprise 3 to 7 different courts, with some regions including more.
As a Court Security Officer, it is essential to be adaptable within your contracted region, as each court environment may present unique challenges that require a flexible approach. This includes being able to quickly familiarise yourself with court procedures, protocols, and security measures that may differ from court to court.
- Work-life balance
- X-ray Screening and Baton & Handcuff Certification provided
- Work life balance – no night shifts
- Upskill and become an Authorised Officer of the Courts
- Use transferable skills from your work experience in hospitality, retail, defence, emergency services, trades, or administration
- Gain insight into the Victorian Legal System
- Career Development opportunities
To apply, all candidates must hold a Certificate II in Security Operations and a Victorian Security License.
All applicants must be willing to undertake the G4S Recruitment & Compliance process which includes providing 3 years' worth of employment/background verifications, a pre-employment medical assessment including a drug and alcohol test, and a National Police Check. (See our flyer for information on How to prepare for a Medical Assessment).
Individuals from all walks of life with strong life skills who are open to working in a court environment and with members of the public will be highly regarded.
Our Integrated Security Services support major government, industry and corporate clients. In every contract, we tailor security solutions for individual operating environments to protect critical assets, infrastructure, services and people. These staff work in various settings, from government, education and health, to retail, telecommunications, resources and energy, as Court Security Officers, Concierge/Corporate Security, Facility Security Officers, Control Room and Speed Camera Operators.
By managing risk, we help governments, business, judiciary and community services operate with peace of mind and efficiency. Clients include State Government Departments, Courts and Tribunals, Youth Justice Centres, Police, and banks and energy companies, in Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia.