Youth Justice Worker

The Department of Justice and Regulation delivers high quality services to Victorians and supports a safe, just, innovative and thriving Victoria.

We provide professional, value for money services that are driven by our values: working together, making it happen, respecting other people, serving the community and acting with integrity.

Through our commitment to diversity and equality, we are actively engaged in promoting and maintaining a safe and inclusive work environment where all employees are respected, valued and supported.

Our employees are key to our success, and bring new and creative responses to issues and challenges we face in our work and the delivery of quality services to the Victorian community. We proactively 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.

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.

Working flexibly is considered business as usual at the Department of Justice and Regulation. All requests for flexible working arrangements will be considered in line with operational requirements.

If you require a copy of this advertisement or any attached documentation in an accessible format, such as large print, please email

If a career that can give you the opportunity to contribute to a safe and just Victoria appeals to you, we look forward to receiving your application.
Job Details
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Department: Department of Justice and Regulation
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Prison and Corrective Services
Classification: YJW1
Work Location: North West - Bendigo
Reference: VG/1300711
Closing Date: 25-Oct-2017
Salary Range: $49,216 - $63,201
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position Description Youth Justice Worker July 2017 (5).pdf (PDF, 253KB)
Job Specification

Pre-Service Medical and Physical Capability Assessment Fact Sheet.pdf (PDF, 287KB)

Contact: Luke Houston, Recruitment Services
(03) 8684 0271

Position Details


  • Start a career as a Youth Justice Worker: make a difference to young people and your community
  • Six weeks paid training commences January 2018
  • Located in Malmsbury, near Bendigo, VIC
  • $49,216 - $63,201 per annum plus superannuation (plus penalty rates)

To find out more about these opportunities we invite you to attend one of our free information sessions:


Wednesday, 18 October from 6.30pm to 7.30pm

To register, please press on the link below:


Saturday, 21 October from 12pm to 1pm

To register, please press on the link below:

Your responsibilities as a Youth Justice Worker include:

  • working on a rolling 76 hour fortnightly roster
  • maintaining the safety and security of 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).
  • 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 educational programs.

What skills & experience do you need?

  • We recruit from a diverse range of backgrounds and industries
  • We value candidates with paid, volunteer and/or extra curricular work experience aligned with youth and young people

To be successful, your personal qualities will include:

  • life experience – and adapting this to manage challenging behaviours
  • verbal communication and written communication
  • self-management -  show resilience, passion and commitment

Security Screening

These security checks will include:

  • National Criminal Record Check (and fingerprints check)
  • Pre-employment security check
  • Vic Roads License Check (or interstate or overseas if applicable)
  • Victoria Police Check

Pre Service Medical and Physical Capability Assessments

Please refer to the fact sheet attached for detailed information.

Benefits of starting your career with Youth Justice include:

  • receiving five weeks paid annual leave per year
  • working no more than three days in a row (on a 12 hour shift)
  • no night shifts; work during the day and maintain your work/life balance
  • having regular patterns of shift work – generally working every second weekend and public holidays as required (with penalty rates on top of your salary)
  • receiving six weeks paid training prior to commencing with your new team
  • professional development; including additional training tailored towards your goals; such as cultural liaison officers and supervisory roles
  • annual salary increases

The safety of our staff and the young people in our care is inherent to everything we do. Security measures such as surveillance and tactical training ensure that risks are kept to a minimum, and that staff always feel safe in their working environment.

Applications will be regularly reviewed up until the closing date (Wednesday, 25 October at midnight).

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.

How to apply

Please click the Apply button at the bottom of this advertisement. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.

For more information, please contact Luke Houston, Candidate Care Team Leader on 03 8684 0271.

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

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