Senior 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: Fixed term - flexible
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: Final Position Description - AHP4.2 - Cherry Creek - Senior Clinician Child and Adolescent Practice 22 Feb 23 (1).pdf (PDF, 236KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Chelsea Leach

Position Details

  • Join Victoria's new ground-breaking youth justice centre near Werribee
  • Lead a team delivering clinical programs to rehabilitate children and young people in custody with highly complex needs 
  • Supervise and administer criminogenic and other targeted programs to achieve sustained behaviour change. 

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

Opening in August, this brand new facility will offer innovative services aimed at reducing reoffending and give young people the skills to make the most of their lives when they return to the community.   

 The opportunity  

  • AHP 4.2 Role earning $116,552 - $127,621 per year plus super 
  • Lead a team delivering targeted needs-based programs for children and young people   
  • Supervise, review, and implement evidence based clinical assessments to enable rehabilitative outcomes 
  • Relocation allowance is available for eligible candidates

The Senior Clinician, Child and Adolescent Practice reports to the Clinical Manager, Rehabilitation and Outcomes and provides specialist advice to create best practice rehabilitative outcomes for children and young people.  

Key responsibilities include:

  • Administering group and individual interventions and supervising clinical portfolio development by establishing effective relationships and facilitating multi-systemic interventions 
  • Implementing evidence-based clinical assessments as part of our rehabilitation services model 
  • Leading initiatives and managing quality assurance to support implementation of child safe standards across clinical teams by providing training and expertise on child and adolescent development, interventions and policy recommendations
  • Ensuring completion of treatment plans and risk assessment reports including collaboration with Behaviour Support Specialists and Youth Justice Workers. 

To be successful in the role, you will have sound knowledge of key issues impacting youth justice and experience working directly with children and young people. General Registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) is required. 

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! 

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  
  • Purpose-built facilities to deliver programs and education including a recreational centre and training campus for trade courses  
  • A spiritual and cultural space for cultural and faith-based programs, including curated gardens and a yarning circle  
  • Energy-efficient design throughout the precinct, including the use of 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. 

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

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 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 will apply to Victorian Public Service (VPS) employees who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) platform.

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