Āpiha Matakana

Probation Officer

Make a difference in your community

Probation officers (Āpiha Matakana) motivate people on community based sentences to make positive changes in their lives, as well as ensure they comply with the orders of their sentence.

The role

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Support rehabilitation

Probation officers work with people on community-based sentences to understand their rehabilitation needs and connect them with supports that will help reduce the likelihood of reoffending.

Their work often involves working with whānau, as well as social service agencies.

Pair of probation officers visit someone on probation at their house

Motivate positive decision making

As a Probation Officer, you’ll encourage people on community based sentences to make positive changes in their lives, such as seeking help for addiction problems or finding employment.

You’ll motivate people to follow the conditions of their order or sentence and address non-compliance.

Two probation officers looking at a map together at their desks at Upper Hutt Community Corrections

Contribute to justice system decision-making

Probation Officers prepare reports and recommendations for the courts and the Parole Board, helping them to make key decisions.

As well as addressing rehabilitation needs, they also assess, manage, and respond to risk.

What you need to know

Health wellness

Time off

5 weeks annual leave

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Salary range of $64,359 to $81,909


Hours of work

40 hour working week either Monday to Friday or Tuesday to Saturday


Career development and training

Induction in Upper Hutt, then 25 weeks Pou Hapori Iho (Probation Officer initial learning pathway)
Progression opportunities to Senior Practitioner, Practice Lead, Management and Advisory positions


Skills and experience

People skills, life savvy, critical thinking, resilience, integrity, writing and analysis
Full NZ Drivers Licence
Tertiary qualification preferred but not essential

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Working in the community, courts, at prisons and at Community Corrections offices

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