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Job Number : 22088
Type and Location : Rehabilitation / Melbourne, VIC - Other
Listed By : Youth Justice on 11 Aug 2017
Youth Justice Workers


  • $49,216 - $63,201 per annum (with annual salary increases) + superannuation + penalty rates
  • Have a career where you are a positive role model to young people in a secure setting
  • Start a career that makes a difference to young people and the community

We invite you to attend our information session to meet with the Youth Justice and the recruitment team. You will have the opportunity to ask any specific questions you have about the role.

To register, please click on the link below to secure your seat:

Youth Justice custodial centres

    • Vacancies across two locations: the inner Melbourne suburbs of Parkville and the Daylesford/Macedon region

  • Accommodate young people aged between 10 and 18 years who have been remanded or sentenced by the Criminal Division of the Children's Court, and
  • 18 to 21 year olds sentenced by adult courts to a youth justice custodial centre.


Your responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining the safety and security of the Youth Justice custodial centres
  • Supervising young people (including conducting searches, and security checks).
  • Responsible for providing care and support to children and young people in the centre.
  • Supporting young people with gaining and maintaining contact with family and other external providers including education and potential employers.
  • Escorting young people to school and other programs to ensure that their education and wellbeing is optimised.

Rosters and shift work

As a Youth Justice worker you will:

  • work a rolling 76 hour fortnightly roster
  • have regular pattern of shift work – working generally every second weekend and public holidays as required
  • receive penalty rates for weekend and overtime shifts

What skills & experience do you need?

No previous work experience in a similar role is required although previous experience with young people in a professional, voluntary or extra-curricular environment is highly regarded. We look for strong capabilities in the following areas:

  • Life experience – and adapting this to manage challenging behaviours
  • Verbal communication and written communication
  • Self-management -  show resilience, passion and commitment
  • Environmental scanning – understanding of how to implement safety and security protocols to minimize risk
  • Interpersonal skills – having the ability to build professional relationships with young people
  • Team work – enjoying working as part of a team and understanding your role in it
  • Conflict management - anticipates and plans for potential areas of conflict
  • previous experience with young people in a professional, voluntary or extra-curricular environment is highly regarded (however, not required)

A relevant qualification is also highly regarded (however, not required).

Applications will be regularly reviewed up until the closing date.

At the Department of Justice and Regulation, our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve.  We continually seek to employ people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, with a disability, and varied cultural backgrounds. In addition, we have a firm commitment to increase participation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people across our workforce.

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