Youth Justice Aboriginal Case Manager - Ringwood

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Prison and Corrective Services
Classification: CYF2
Work Location: Melbourne - Southern Metro
Reference: VG/YJ0666_A
Closing Date: 29-Jun-2022
Salary Range: $68,871 - $84,565
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position Description - [CYF2] - YJ0666 - Youth Justice Aboriginal Case Manager - Ringwood - Ongoing, full time - May 2022.docx (Word, 535KB)

Contact: Melissa Vass on 0428 136 854

Position Details

  • Full time, ongoing opportunity based in Ringwood
  • Contribute to community safety through reducing recidivism in young people.
  • Salary range $68,871 - $84,565 per annum plus superannuation

About us

The Youth Justice Team provides community-based supervision and a range of case management and support services for young people who are appearing before, or have been sentenced by, the Children's Court, Children's Koori Court, and adult criminal courts and who have been placed on youth justice supervised orders. The team promotes the personal development of young offenders and contributes to the reduction of crime in the community.

The  Youth Justice team forms part of the Youth Justice Division of the Department of Justice and Community Safety, acknowledging the over representation of Aboriginal young people in the criminal justice system and the need to provide a culturally based approach with a commitment to diversion, rehabilitation and re-integration into the community.

What you will do

As a Youth Justice Aboriginal Case Manager, you will supervise and provide support to Aboriginal young people and young people subject to Youth Justice Court orders. You will prepare Court and Youth Parole Board reports, develop Client Service Plans and attend court for client matters. You will also provide assessments, develop case plans/reports and advocate for the provision of support services.

You will also help to increase Aboriginal young people's opportunities of enhanced quality of life and community inclusion. This includes adopting a Care Team approach, assessments, implementing and reviewing case plans and goal-setting, monitoring progress, advocacy and referrals. Above all, this role will ensure Aboriginal young people's needs are met in a way that is responsive, relevant and cultural safe.

To be successful in this role you will possess:

  • A demonstrated ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with members of the Victorian Aboriginal Youth community.
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of the Victorian Aboriginal youth Community, both society and culture and current issues self-determination and the issues
  • An understanding of the youth justice system, and the issues driving Aboriginal over-representation of Aboriginal young people as well as the principles and philosophy underpinning relevant legislation and the Victorian Youth Justice program.
  • An understanding of the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 and associated policies and guidelines developed for use by youth justice workers.
  • An understanding of the principles of case management and case work and being able to utilise a range of assessment and interventions relevant to the age, gender, developmental stage, and cultural background and offending related needs of the young person.

This is an Aboriginal identified position; Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

For more information on the accountabilities and key selection criteria for the role, please refer to the attached position description.

Applicants are welcome to utilise support from the Aboriginal Employment Team throughout the recruitment process. Please visit for further information.

  • To find out more about the technical aspects of the role please speak to Melissa Vass, Team Manager on 0428 136 854.

Why work with us?

All candidates are given the opportunity to utilise support from the Aboriginal Employment Team throughout the recruitment process with the team contactable via email at

We have various staff support networks in place including a state-wide Aboriginal Staff Network, Aboriginal Youth Network and regional Aboriginal Staff Networks. These networks assist in developing and retaining Aboriginal staff through peer support, professional and personal development, establishing connections and providing valuable cultural peer support from other Aboriginal staff members.

We look for people who are prepared to do their very best in line with our values and behaviours. Our values shape and influence how we recruit, train and develop our staff and build relationships with stakeholders.

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.

Important information

During the COVID-19 pandemic all of our assessment processes will be facilitated remotely using online tools to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our candidates and staff. No face to face contact is required and induction training will also be completed online for those who are successful in securing a position with us.

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. Acceptable evidence includes:

  1. COVID-19 digital certificate (available via your myGov account)
  2. Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account) or
  3. A letter from the GP who vaccinated you.


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

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