Youth Justice Team Manager - Melbourne

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Community Services
Classification: CYF5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/YJ1870
Closing Date: 02-Jun-2019
Salary Range: $101,912 - $117,293
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: YJ Team Manager Melbourne Courts - YJ1870 - Position Description.docx (Word, 748KB)

Contact: Amelia van Lint - Senior Practice Advisor
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Position Details

  • Full-time, Ongoing opportunity based in the Melbourne Children's Court
  • Lead and manage a team of Youth Justice Court Advice Service staff
  • Competitive salary range $101,912 - $117,293 plus superannuation

About us

The department's Youth Justice Service provides programs and resources to assist young adults to develop the 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 rehabilitation and contributes to the reduction of crime in the community.

The Youth Justice Court Advice Service (YJCAS) provides knowledge and expertise that is valuable to the court and others in criminal proceedings involving young people. This includes knowledge about:

  • the young person and their needs and circumstances
  • youth offending and what works to address offending in young people
  • the youth justice system and interventions that are available. 

The purpose of YJCAS is to provide informed, independent and evidence-based advice to assist the court in its decision making and rehabilitation objectives. YJCAS aims to provide information to the court about the young person or an issue related to a young person's court matter. This can include information:

  • to assist the court with bail or sentencing decisions
  • about assessment outcomes, such as suitability for a group conference
  • about appropriate diversionary options for young people, including appropriate community support services
  • about the Youth Justice system and programs and services that may be available
  • about current and previous supervision and intervention by Youth Justice, including the young person's progress
  • about a breach of an order.

About the role

The Team Manager Central Courts will supervise the Youth Justice Court Advice Service staff based at Melbourne Children's Court and Melbourne Magistrates' Court. These staff also provide Youth Justice Court Advice functions in the higher courts (County and Supreme Courts) as required including case management of a small caseload of young adults (aged 18-20 years inclusive) subject to bail.

The role will be responsible for the direct line supervision and management of staff located at the Melbourne Children's Court and the Melbourne Magistrates' Court, including oversight of workplace health and safety obligations. The Team Manager is required to provide solutions to complex issues and have capacity to provide strategic advice regarding operations of the Central Courts and contribute to effective service delivery and program direction.

About You

As our ideal candidate, you will demonstrate:

  • experience in managing teams and resources ensuring smooth delivery of services and organisational change
  • an understanding of the Youth Justice System, including the Victorian ‘dual track system' and the principles and philosophy underpinning relevant legislation and the Victorian Youth Justice program
  • Understanding of the principles of case management and case work and the range of assessment and interventions relevant to the age, gender, culture, developmental stage and offending related needs of the young person.

A Bachelor of Social Work or Advanced Diploma in Community Services Work is required. Other tertiary qualifications at Advanced Diploma or above will be considered, only if they include units of study in case management/casework practice and supervised practical work placements.

A full driver's licence is required due to the need to respond to emergencies across the state at short notice and outside business hours as required.

A current employee Working with Children Check (WWCC) card is 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.

Why work with us?

At the Department of Justice and Community Safety, we provide every person with the means to achieve their potential through ongoing learning and development opportunities in a diverse, equitable and supportive environment.

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. 

We will also provide you with professional development opportunities, an employee assistance program, access to job opportunities across the Victorian Government, salary packaging and much more.

For more details regarding this position, please contact:

  • Amelia van Lint - Senior Practice Advisor on 0417 157 949

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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.

Please note: When submitting your application online, there will be questions pertaining to a number of the position's Key Selection Criteria to which you are required to respond.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.


Closing date for applications: Sunday, 2 June 2019.

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