Court Advice and Advanced Case Manager - Horsham

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Prison and Corrective Services
Classification: CYF3
Work Location: Western - Horsham
Reference: VG/YJ0629
Closing Date: 04-Dec-2022
Salary Range: $86,973 - $97,833
Job Duration: Fixed Term, Full Time
Attachments: Position Description - YJ0629 - Advanced Case Manager and Court Advice - Horsham - Fixed Term, full time - November 2022.docx (Word, 542KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Andrew Palmer on 0437 756 454.

Position Details

  • 12 Month fixed term role based in Horsham
  • Salary range $86,973 - $97,833 plus superannuation
  • Contribute to community safety and reducing recidivism in young people

About us

The Department of Justice and Community Safety is responsible for the statutory supervision of young people in the criminal justice system.

The department's youth justice service provides programs and resources that address young people's offending behaviour as well as knowledge, skills and attitudes to manage their lives effectively without further offending. Through supervision, offending related programs and linkages to appropriate support services, the youth justice service promotes opportunities for accountability and rehabilitation that contributes to the reduction of crime in the community.

About the role

Advanced Case Managers provide complex supervision and support to clients subject to Youth Justice court orders. The position ensures that all cases are managed to a high standard. This includes preparing Court and Youth Parole Board reports, developing Case Plans and attending court for clients matters. Advanced Case Managers provide thorough, high-level assessments, develop case plans/reports and advocate for the provision of support services.

Advanced Case Managers also maintain professional relationships with Youth Justice Centres, the Youth Parole Board, Courts and community service organisations. The Youth Justice program places emphasis on diversion and rehabilitation of young offenders to minimise further offending. Operating outside normal office hours may be required at times.

The purpose of the Youth Justice Court Advice Services (YJCAS) is to provide informed, independent, and evidence-based advice to assist the court in its decision making and rehabilitation objectives

YJCAS are representing the Secretary of the Department of Justice and Community Safety when appearing in court and must maintain impartial, balanced positions at all times.

YJCAS aims to assist the court to make decisions in relation to:

  • Bail and sentencing
  • Assessment outcomes such as suitability for a group conference
  • Appropriate diversionary options including suitable community support services
  • Program and services available that may be available

This position is located in Horsham in the Grampians Region which stretches from Bacchus Marsh through to the state border with South Australia. Youth justice case managers are based in Ballarat and Horsham.


  • A Bachelor of Social Work or Diploma in Community Services Work is highly desirable. Other tertiary qualifications at Diploma level or above will be considered only if they include units of study in case management/casework practice and have had supervised practical work placements.
  • A full driver's licence is required.
  • A current employee Working with Children Check (WWCC) card is also required and will need to be provided prior to commencement of employment by the applicant. Currency will need to be maintained by the employee for the period of employment.

Working and living in the Central Highlands region

If you want a radical change from the big smoke, perhaps bunking down in a smaller regional centre might be for you. Horsham andStawell along with other nearby towns all offer something a little different while still capturing the country hospitality and close community ties so revered by tree-changers. Move into one of these towns and you'll meet a lot of interesting people doing different things – popular industries include agriculture, tourism, wine production, brick manufacturing and meat production. You'll likely find many folks have spirited opinions too. If you're up for it, there's never a spirited debate far away in small towns, be it at the pub or footy club, and it can be a stack of fun to say your piece on the issue of the day.

The Horsham office is located in the Wimmera region, a major agricultural area of Victoria including nich industries like olives, cut native flowers and grapes. A life here can make a true change of pace with all the benefits of country living.

If wanderlust is more your mode, head straight for the Grampians National Park. ‘The Grampians' are famed for stellar granite formations, gorgeous lakes and breathtaking panoramic views – just search ‘Grampians lookouts' and you'll get an idea of what we're talking about.

Many hotspots are accessible by car, and are a great place to clear your head, while others might challenge you to get your compass out and find your own way. The Grampians are so expansive and varied that it doesn't matter whether you love to camp, ride, fish or swim; you'll be able to find your own corner of the park to cherish.

To find out more about the accountabilities of the role please contact Andrew Palmer, Team Leader, or 0437 756 454.

For all VPS employees, due to the new Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) policy, please apply through the JSE to be eligible to be considered for this position in the first round.

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.

How to apply

Please click the Apply button at the bottom of this advertisement. Applications should include a resume and covering letter. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.

The successful candidate 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 is 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). Therefore, there is a requirement that all DJCS employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to undertake duties outside of their homes.

Prior to commencement of employment with the department you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19.

Upon commencement of employment with the department you will be required to provide evidence that you have an up-to-date vaccination status within the timelines specified by the department into the DJCS Service Portal. This includes evidence of all doses of a COVID-19 vaccine required by the department (from time to time).

Acceptable evidence includes:

  1. COVID-19 digital certificate or ATAGI exemption certificate (available via your myGov account)
  2. Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account)

Other documentation outside the above will not be accepted as evidence of having received your COVID-19 vaccine doses.

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