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Working on the frontline

Welcome! Thanks for checking out the opportunities at the New Zealand Department of Corrections. We are currently recruiting Corrections Officers to come and join us across our beautiful country.

We are committed to making your journey as easy as possible and love helping overseas recruits fit right in.

Our people come from a wide variety of countries, cultures and backgrounds and we welcome this diversity.

Keep reading to find out more about our regions and you can also meet some of our amazing frontline staff as they share their stories.

Our People

Whether it's for lifestyle reasons, better working conditions or just because you need a change, moving to New Zealand Corrections may be just what you are looking for...

But don't just take our word for it.

Check out the following interviews featuring four Prison Officers who have made the move from overseas to a better life in New Zealand.

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Considering a lifestyle change? Seeking a role with a real sense of purpose, working with a close-knit team to protect the safety of New Zealand communities?

The NZ Department of Corrections offers a unique place to work. We have an exclusive role in managing offenders in prisons and the community, and the principles of rehabilitation and public safety sit at the core of what we do. Our 8,000 staff are committed to helping people address their offending and gain skills that will help them lead a crime-free life; leading to fewer victims and safer communities.

In this job your contribution counts and you can have a positive effect on the lives of others. It’s more challenging, more interesting and more rewarding than you can imagine. Our Corrections Officers, both men and women, come from all walks of life and bring a wide range of attributes and life experiences with them. They share the genuine belief that people can change, and see themselves as role models supporting pathways to an offence free lifestyle.

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Where you're needed

Use our interactive map to see our key prison locations in NZ and click to find out more about the local areas.




About New Zealand

Come for the job. Stay for the lifestyle.

Explore the new life that you and your family could enjoy in New Zealand.

Helpful information from the NZ immigration website

Working in New Zealand

I'm thinking about working in New Zealand

Settling in New Zealand

Settling in New Zealand

Moving to New Zealand

Preparing to move to New Zealand

Our application process

This application process is specifically for corrections officers moving to New Zealand. Candidates need to be prepared to travel to New Zealand to be assessed in person.


  • Step 1 Apply
  • Step 2 Online Assessment and Video Interview
    Online assessment and video interview
  • Step 3 First Reference Check
    First reference check
  • Step 4 Assessment Centre
    Assessment Centre
  • Step 6 Medical / Drug Testing
    Medical Assessment
  • Step 5 Fitness Testing
    Fitness test / Drug test
  • Step 7 Police Vetting
    Police vetting
  • Step 8 Second Reference Check
    Second reference check
  • Step 9 Getting Started
    Getting started

Are you ready for the challenge?

Apply now