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Job Number : 41163
Type and Location : Psychologist / NSW - Other
Listed By : NSW Department of Communities & Justice on 20 Nov 2023
Psychologist – Central West Youth Justice Community Team, Youth Justice

Psychologist – Central West Youth Justice Community Team,

Youth Justice


·       Ongoing opportunity available with the Central West Youth Justice Community Team

·       Location: Dubbo (Bathurst and Orange can be considered)

·       Psychologist, Salary ($74,302 - $130,530 pa), plus employer’s contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading



This is a targeted recruitment. While all applicants are welcome, preference will be given to candidates who meet the established standards of the role and are of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait islander descent. This is because the Department acknowledges this lived experience contributes a perspective valuable to our work with this community.


Your role


Youth Justice are looking for an innovative and dynamic Psychologist to join their regional psychology team in delivering consistent, effective, and efficient psychological services across Central Western NSW.


As a Youth Justice Psychologist, you will


·       Operate as a member of a multi-disciplinary team, delivering high-quality evidence-based consultation, assessment, and therapeutic intervention to support young people in Youth Justice NSW.


·       Provide specialist clinical advice to assist staff and managers understand the psychological needs of Youth Justice clients within custodial and community locations, as well as advice to statutory authorities such as the Parole Board.


·       Be a part of a team of psychologists that can work across custody and community according to the needs of the young people. In line with principles of trauma informed care, you will be providing consistent and reliable psychological support in order to achieve better outcomes for our Young People including a reduction in recidivism.

What you’ll do

·       Undertake psychological assessment, intervention, and deliver therapeutic services or programs to young people who offend, including those who sexually offend.

·       Assist in the formulation and review of individual Risk - Needs - Responsivity based case plans for the management and supervision of young people on remand or sentenced to a custodial or community order. 

·       Deliver training to staff, including Youth Justice Caseworkers, in the screening, identification and support of young people with mental health problems, intellectual disability or cognitive impairment. 

·       Maintain confidential documentation, including electronic Case Notes on Client Information Management System, in accordance with departmental policies, APS guidelines on record keeping and professional ethics.

·       Prepare reports, advice, and consultation to statutory authorities such as Children’s Courts, the Serious Young Offenders Review Panel, State Parole Authority, and Mental Health Review Tribunal.

·       Be dynamic and able to think on their feet

·       Responsive to individual needs and situations


What we’re looking for


·       Minimum four-year accredited qualification in psychology

·       Current provisional or full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia:

·       A current Drivers’ Licence with ability and willingness to travel throughout NSW

·       Current NSW Working with Children Check clearance



Download the role description.



What we offer


·       4 weeks annual leave per year of service, 5 additional days for staff in regional locations

·       Generous salary packaging options and other fringe benefits

·       Flexible work practices and schedules to maintain a healthy work-life balance

·       Opportunities for professional growth, learning and development, and internal career progression

·       Psychology Board Approved Supervision

·       Provisional Psychology Group Supervision

·       A supportive and collaborative multidisciplinary team environment

·       Opportunities for utilising cross-agency skills and resources




We focus on hiring people who share our commitment and goals of inclusion, collaboration, adaptability, courage and integrity. If you meet the essential requirements and the role resonates with you, please apply – you do not need to meet every desired requirement for us to want to talk to you.



We do work that really matters


Working for the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) provides lots of opportunities to make a real difference. We collaborate with other agencies and community partners, to improve lives and realise the potential of children, adults, families and communities. We're focused on breaking, rather than managing, disadvantage. It’s work that really matters.


Apply now and join Australia’s top public sector employer where we will support you and provide an exciting and flexible working environment!


Are you ready to join us?


Click apply, attach an up-to-date résumé (maximum 5 pages) and a cover letter (maximum 3 pages) addressing the 1 targeted question below with a brief outline on how you meet the focus capabilities & requirements of the role:


·       Youth Justice has an over representation of Aboriginal young people. What do you consider essential when working with Aboriginal clients? How would you provide a service which takes cultural considerations into account?


Applications close: Monday 4 December 2023 at 11:59pm AEST.



Got a question?


For more information about the role or what it’s like to work for DCJ, please contact the hiring manager Dr Rebekah Helyer at [email protected]


If you’ve got a question about applying or would benefit from an adjustment in the recruitment process to help you perform at your best, please call Lisa Smith on 02 8688 1119 or via [email protected]   



Visit Recruitment adjustments on the DCJ website to learn more.



Inclusion and Diversity lies at the heart of how we recruit


We continue to hire great people with a wide variety of skills, experience and backgrounds. This includes people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people identifying as LGBTIQ+, culturally and linguistically diverse people, carers and other diversity groups.


To find out what DCJ are doing to build an inclusive and diverse workforce, visit Inclusion and diversity on the DCJ website.



Other Information


A talent pool may be created for future ongoing and temporary roles and is valid for a period of up to 18 months.


For more information visit Your recruitment journey on the DCJ website.



Thank you for your interest in this role. We look forward to receiving your application.

Contact Details
Dr Rebekah Helyer at [email protected]

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