Become a youth justice worker and work with young people who have offended get their lives back on track and help make our communities safer.

Become a Youth Justice Worker.

About the Role

We work to develop a young person’s self-respect and respect for others, while establishing constructive daily life routines.

The role of a youth justice worker is essentially a role model; mentoring and guiding young people through their education, programs and daily lives: showing empathy and providing encouragement, while setting important boundaries and holding young people accountable for their actions. 

What they do

Our day with them is taken up by

  • Establishing healthy personal routines, working to a daily structure from waking up until bedtime.
  • Redirecting violent and anti-social behaviour to the positive standards expected by the community.
  • Engaging them in education through ongoing encouragement and mentoring.
  • Helping them develop positive family relationships and involvement in their communities.
  • Developing new skills in line with their interests through extracurricular programs.

Qualifications or experience

Regardless of your age, you’ll have a maturity, an open mindedness, lack of judgement, empathy that you get from lived experiences such as working with people less fortunate than yourself, living amongst different cultures, working with challenging people in difficult situations or having leadership roles in community organisations.

Personal qualities

You’ll want to help make our communities safer and care deeply about vulnerable young people. You’ll want to see them thrive and believe in the youth justice worker role and your ability to change lives for the better. You don’t quit and are looking for an important but demanding challenging role because you love a challenge. To thrive here you need resilience, ‘a thick skin’ and an innate appreciation of the need to balance care with control when working with young people.

How to search and apply for jobs

To find out more about a career as a youth justice worker and to apply for our current opportunities, visit youthjusticejobs.vic.gov.au