Clinician, Child and Adolescent Practice

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.

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Prison and Corrective Services
Classification: AH4
Work Location: Melbourne - Western Metro
Closing Date: 30-Nov-2023
Salary Range: $105,479 - $116,552
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position Description - AHP4.1 - Cherry Creek - Clinician, Adolescent Practice.pdf (PDF, 235KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Chelsea Leach

Position Details

  • Join Victoria's new ground-breaking youth justice centre near Werribee (20 mins from Melbourne) 
  • Deliver clinical programs enabling rehabilitation of children and young people in custody with highly complex needs 
  • Administer criminogenic and other targeted programs to achieve sustained behaviour change in children and young people at Cherry Creek Youth Justice Precinct

Make our community safer by helping children and young people build better futures for themselves at Cherry Creek Youth Justice Precinct. 

Create Change from the Inside Out  

The young people we work with can make remarkable changes in their lives. For many, those changes will begin at the new state-of-the-art Cherry Creek Youth Justice Precinct (Cherry Creek).  

The facility will offer innovative services aimed at reducing reoffending and giving young people the skills to make the most of their lives when they return to the community.   

Doing this work well will make our state a safer place to live.   

Be part of the change you want to see, join the workforce at Cherry Creek.  

The opportunity  

  • AHP 4.1 Role earning $105,479- $116,550 per year plus super.
  • Deliver targeted psychosocial and multi-systemic needs-based programs for children and young people at Cherry Creek Youth Justice Precinct.   
  • Collaborate with various stakeholders to implement evidence based clinical assessments enabling rehabilitative outcomes. 
  • Provide guidance and support to a team of Behaviour Support Specialists, Youth Justice Workers and other staff delivering rehabilitative services at Cherry Creek Youth Justice Precinct. 
  • Relocation allowance is available for eligible candidates.

The Clinician, Child and Adolescent Practice will report to the Senior Clinician, Child and Adolescent Practice. The Clinician, Child and Adolescent Practice will provide evidence-based clinical assessments and deliver targeted criminogenic and non-criminogenic programs facilitated on an individual or group basis to children and young people at Cherry Creek as part of the overarching rehabilitation services model.  

Responsibilities include:

  • Support and give specialist advice to a team of behaviour support specialists, youth justice workers, extended operations team to create best practise outcomes for children and young people.
  • Complete comprehensive case notes, prepare treatment plans, treatment reports, and risk assessment reports for internal and external stakeholders.  
  • Undertake research and analysis in specialist clinical portfolio area for input into recommendations to senior staff and provide continuous feedback and contributions to improve practice and responsiveness.
  • Lead initiatives and manage quality assurance to support implementation of the child safe standards across internal and external clinical teams by providing guidance and expertise on child and adolescent development, knowledge on interventions and policy. 

To be successful in the role, you will have knowledge of key issues impacting youth justice with experience working directly with children and young people. 

 Qualifications Required  

  • General registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA); or
  • Eligible for membership of the Australian Association of Social Work (AASW); or 
  • Credentialed as a Mental Health Nurse with the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses; or 
  • Registration as an Occupational Therapist with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia. 

Up to $10,000 is currently being offered to cover relocation expenses. This reimbursement can be used for moving costs, travel costs, removalist hire or temporary accommodation so talk to our recruitment team when you apply! For more information on the skills and experience that we are looking for in our new team members, please read the job description document attached.  

 Apply Now!

Cherry Creek: Building better futures   

Cherry Creek reimagines what a custodial facility can be.   

Set in a picturesque part of Victoria, Cherry Creek is a safe and secure place where young people can work on getting their lives back on track. Their efforts are supported by programs and services backed by world-leading research on rehabilitation.  

We want young people to return home with the confidence that they can thrive in their own communities, so the facility is designed to represent a familiar, real-world environment. Instead of larger dormitory-style accommodation, young people at Cherry Creek sleep in smaller four-bed and eight-bed units across different neighbourhoods.  

Some of Cherry Creek's other design features include:  

  • Enhanced health, mental health and drug and alcohol support, including a dedicated health centre and two mental health units for young people.  
  • Purpose-built buildings to deliver programs and education, a recreational centre, and vocational training campus for trade-specific courses.  
  • A spiritual and cultural space, for cultural and faith-based programs, including gardens and a yarning circle.  
  • Energy-efficient design throughout the precinct, including the use of many recycled materials.  
  • Age-appropriate and culturally sensitive accommodation and learning environments.  
  • Modern and spacious staff facilities with views of the You Yangs mountain range  
  • Access to on-site parking and staff gym  

We want to make sure all Victorians feel represented by the department's work. We do this by recruiting a diverse workforce – we welcome people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, and cultural background. We are also committed to the Victorian Government's promise to increase the number of veterans working in the public sector. 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 across all our roles. This support includes a culturally appropriate attraction and recruitment process. To learn more, email   

 The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening.    

Important Information  

The department is no longer required to review or collect candidates COVID-19 vaccination information as part of the recruitment process. The department is continuously committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees consistent with the department's obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic).

The Department of Justice and Community Safety is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. We seek to prevent harm of any kind impacting children and young people and have zero tolerance for racism, child abuse and inequality. Children and young people's rights, relationships, identity, and culture must be recognised and respected, their voices heard, and their concerns acted upon. We aim to foster a culturally safe, child safe and child friendly environment for all children and young people we have contact with, deliver services to, or are impacted by our work.


  • For this particular vacancy, priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform. 


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