Youth Justice Worker (Custodial) - Malmsbury and Parkville - September 2022 Intake (YJW1)

Job posted: 15/06/2022
Applications close: 10/07/2022 (Midnight)
8 days remaining

8 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Various

Job type: Not provided

Organisation: Department of Justice and Community Safety

Salary: $55,439 - $71,194

Occupation: Prison and Corrective Services

Reference: DOJ/YJSEPT22

Reference: DOJ/YJSEPT22

Occupation: Prison and Corrective Services

Salary Range: $55,439 - $71,194

Work location: Various

At the Department of Justice and Community Safety, we are looking for people who want to make a difference. People who take pride in their work. People who get things done. People who are committed to making Victoria a safer place.

We embrace diversity and strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. We’re all about recruiting the best people, regardless of gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation or cultural background. If you think you can do the job and would be a good fit for our department, we’d love to hear from you.

The department is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and recognises that children’s rights need to be respected, their views welcomed and valued, and their concerns taken seriously and acted upon.

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit justice.vic.gov.au/careers

We are proud of the important work we do across Victoria. Want to be part of it?

Create change from the inside out. Be a role model for young people and help turn their lives around.

  • Be part of a new squad of youth justice workers
  • Starting salary of up to $74,500 including penalty rates plus super
  • A secure job with future career opportunities
  • Full training provided

We are now recruiting full-time and casual staff at Malmsbury Youth Justice Precinct and full-time roles at Parkville Youth Justice Precinct.

You will join a tight-knit team of talented, diverse individuals who are committed to supporting each other and improving the lives of children and young people in custody (young people).

Why work in youth justice?

  • Unique and rewarding work – you will experience the satisfaction of influencing small but important shifts in the attitudes of young people.
  • Get experience in a diverse workspace – you will achieve both personal and career growth by working intensively with different groups of young people and youth justice teams.
  • Progressive approach to rehabilitation – your work will be guided by forward-thinking concepts in helping young people adopt more positive behaviours.
  • Professional growth – if you thrive in your role as a youth justice worker, you will discover a wealth of career pathways, including team leadership, case management, cultural support and policy-based work.
  • Job security – the work you will be doing is critical to the safety of Victoria, so you can be confident you have a secure job as an ongoing member of staff. Your service will be rewarded with annual pay increases and five weeks of paid annual leave.

Learn more about being a youth justice worker

Information sessions

To learn more, register for our online webinars where you can ask questions about day-to-day work and the career opportunities available.


Date: Monday 27 June 2022

Time: 6.00 pm AEST

Register here 


Date: Thursday 30 June 2022

Time: 6.00 pm AEST

Register here

Make the move to regional Victoria

Malmsbury is located in North-Western Victoria. This region is known for its gorgeous parklands, thriving arts scene and a strong sense of community.

The department is currently offering up to $10,000 to cover relocation expenses to those who secure ongoing employment at the Malmsbury Youth Justice Precinct. Your relocation must be within a 60-minute drive of the Malmsbury precinct. Speak to our team to learn more about our relocation package. 

What makes a great youth justice worker?

Great youth justice workers can come from any profession or background. Key qualities we look out for include:

  • Passion and empathy – you are ready to work compassionately with young people while still setting important boundaries.
  • Life experience – you can manage difficult situations because you have dealt with a wide variety of challenges before.
  • Dedication and resilience– you can remain positive and committed following setbacks.
  • Teamwork – you thrive when you collaborate with others. 
  • Verbal and written communication skills – you enjoy building rapport with people from all walks of life and respect the importance of accurate and detailed record keeping.
  • Positivity and innovation – you have a knack for solving complex issues with bright ideas.


To be a youth justice worker, you must be either:

  • An Australian citizen – a birth certificate, citizenship certificate or current passport is required as proof of eligibility
  • A permanent resident of Australia
  • A New Zealand citizen who has entered Australia on a valid passport
  • Eligible to work in Australia for a period of more than six months.

You will also need to pass a health and fitness assessment. To find out the best ways to prepare, take our health self-assessment.

Although you don't need the following certificates to apply for the role, prior to starting work, all successful candidates will need to independently obtain:

  • Current First Aid Certification (HLTAID011 is preferred, or the Provide Basic Emergency Life Support course - HLTAID010 at a minimum)
  • Current CPR
  • Working With Children Card (Employee)
  • A driver's licence is desirable but not mandatory.

Successful candidates will also be required to undergo pre-employment checks, which may include national police checks and misconduct screening.

For more information, contact the Youth Justice Recruitment Team on 1300 191 834 or email yjcsrecruitment@justice.vic.gov.au

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Department of Justice and Community Safety is continually working towards increasing our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Aboriginal) workforce. The Aboriginal Employment Team aims to attract, recruit and retain Aboriginal staff in a number of roles, including positions with youth justice and corrections. This support includes a culturally appropriate attraction and recruitment process. To learn more, click here or email aboriginal.employment@justice.vic.gov.au.

Applications close midnight, Sunday 10 July 2022.

The Department of Justice and Community Safety (the department) is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment that is safe and doesn't risk the health of its employees, consistent with the department's obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic). Therefore, there is a requirement that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to undertake duties outside of their homes. Prior to the commencement of employment with the department, you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19.

Acceptable evidence includes:

  • COVID-19 digital certificate (available via your myGov account)
  • Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account) or
  • A letter from the GP who vaccinated you.
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Youth Justice Recruitment Team | 1300 191 834 or yjcsrecruitment@justice.vic.gov.au

Youth Justice Worker (Custodial) - Malmsbury and Parkville - September 2022 Intake (YJW1)