Youth Justice Worker (Custodial) - Malmsbury and Parkville - May Intake

At the Department of Justice and Community Safety, we’re 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.

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Job Details
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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type:
Job Function: Prison and Corrective Services
Classification: YJW1
Work Location: VIC - Multiple Locations
Reference: VG/1443919
Closing Date: 01-Mar-2020
Salary Range: $52,493 - $67,410
Job Duration: Ongoing full time and casual
Attachments: YJ - Pre Servise Medical & Physical Capability Assessment Fact Sheet.pdf (PDF, 287KB)

Youth Justice Worker - Position Description.pdf (PDF, 182KB)

YJW - Recruitment process.pdf (PDF, 176KB)


Position Details

Set boundaries. Build futures.

  • Multiple ongoing full-time and casual vacancies 
  • A challenging and rewarding role providing a secure and constructive environment for young people
  • We're looking for empathetic, resilient people with life experience who can work effectively with vulnerable young people who often bring challenging behavioural issues.
  • No formal qualifications are required but professional experience in any field is highly valued
  • Base salary of $52,493, although entry-level staff earn more after penalty rates, overtime and superannuation
  • Rotating roster over a 76 hour fortnight.

We are now recruiting for our May 2020 intake of youth justice workers for both the Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre (View on a map) and the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct (View on a map).

What does a youth justice worker do?

There are many aspects to the work of a Youth Justice Worker:

  • Manage any challenging behaviours of vulnerable and hostile young people
  • Meet the needs of young people from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds
  • Conduct and oversee searches, counts, admissions and supervise visits
  • Use sound judgement to respond effectively within a changing work environment
  • Help young people maintain relationships with their family and community, as well as legal, education and employer contacts
  • Be a positive role model for the young people in your care.

Information sessions

After watching the video above and browsing, you may still want more info about the youth justice worker role. We encourage you to come along to one of our information sessions. You'll hear about the experiences of current youth justice workers directly, and also be able to ask any questions you have about the job or recruitment process.

Bendigo La Trobe Arts Institute

Saturday 8th February

12:45pm - 2pm

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Preston Shire Hall

Tuesday 11th February

6:15pm - 7:30pm

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Kyneton Mechanics Institute

Thursday 13th February

6:15pm - 7:30pm

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*Not attending an information session will have no impact on your application.

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

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 prison officers, community corrections officers and field officers. This support includes a culturally appropriate attraction and recruitment process. To learn more, click here or email

For more information, please contact the Youth Justice Recruitment Team on  

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