Youth Justice Worker (Custodial) - Malmsbury and Parkville

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.

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.

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Various
Job Function: Prison and Corrective Services
Classification: YJW1
Work Location: VIC - Multiple Locations
Reference: VG/YJAPRIL22
Closing Date: 19-Jan-2022
Salary Range: $54,755 - $70,315
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Youth Justice application process sheet - Dec 21.pdf (PDF, 427KB)
Job Specification

Position Description Youth Justice Worker YJW1 - Dec 2021.pdf (PDF, 207KB)
Job Specification

Youth Justice Health Assessment Fact Sheet - Dec 2021.pdf (PDF, 150KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Youth Justice recruitment team

Position Details

Be a role model for young people in custody and help turn their lives around.

  • Starting salary of up to $74,500 including penalty rates + super
  • Job security with future career opportunities
  • Full training provided
  • Multiple vacancies

We are now recruiting for full-time and casual roles at Malmsbury Youth Justice Precinct and full-time roles at Parkville Youth Justice Precinct in Melbourne.

Why work in youth justice?

  • It's unique and rewarding work – you'll experience the satisfaction of seeing small but important shifts in behaviour or attitudes you've helped to influence.
  • We have a diverse workforce– you'll achieve personal and career growth by working intensively with different groups of young people and youth justice teams.
  • We are dynamic and forward-thinking – by being part of the youth justice sector, you'll be part of forward-thinking approaches in the rehabilitation of young people.
  • We encourage professional growth – you'll be provided with ongoing learning opportunities from day one, receive ‘on the job' training and complete a fully-funded Certificate IV in Youth Justice (launching in 2022).
  • We encourage career diversity – You'll be mentored by leaders in the field and have exposure to other career pathways including team leadership, case management, cultural support, and policy-based work.
  • Ongoing job security – The work you'll be doing is critical to the ongoing safety of Victoria. You'll receive annual pay increases and five weeks paid annual leave.

Information sessions

To learn more, register for our online webinars where you can ask questions about day-to-day work and the career opportunities available.


Date: Tuesday 11 January 2022

Time: 5.30pm AEST

Click here to register


Date: Wednesday 12 January 2022

Time: 5.30pm AEST

Click here to register

Make the move to regional Victoria

Malmsbury's located in North-Western Victoria, and known for its gorgeous parklands, thriving arts scene and a strong sense of community.

The department is currently offering up to $10,000 to cover relocation expenses to those who secure ongoing employment at the Malmsbury Youth Justice Precinct. Your relocation must be within a 60-minute drive of the Malmsbury precinct. Speak to our team to learn more about our relocation package. 

What makes a great youth justice worker? 

Great youth justice workers can come from any profession or background. Key qualities we look out for include:

  • Passion and empathy – the willingness to work with young people while still setting boundaries.
  • Life experience – the ability to adapt and manage challenging situations.
  • Dedication and resilience– maintaining positivity and commitment even after setbacks.
  • Teamwork – working with a close team. 
  • Verbal and written communication skills – Building rapport with young people from all walks of life and report writing will be key parts of your role.
  • Positivity – the skill for solving challenges and complex issues with bright ideas.


To be considered for a youth justice worker role, you must be either:

  • An Australian citizen – a birth certificate, citizenship certificate or current passport is required as proof of eligibility, or
  • A permanent resident of Australia, or
  • A New Zealand citizen who has entered Australia on a valid passport, or
  • Eligible to work in Australia for a period of more than six months. 

You will also need to pass a health and fitness assessment. To find out the best ways to prepare, take our health self-assessment

Prior to starting work, all successful candidates will need to independently obtain: 

  • Current First Aid Certification (HLTAID011 is preferred, or the Provide Basic Emergency Life Support course - HLTAID010 at a minimum)
  • Current CPR
  • Working With Children Card (Employee)
  • A driver licence is desirable but not mandatory.

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.

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 in a number of roles, including prison officers, community corrections officers and field officers. This support includes a culturally appropriate attraction and recruitment process. To learn more, click here or email

Successful candidates will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening

For more information, contact the Youth Justice Recruitment Team on 1300 191 834 or email

Applications close midnight, Wednesday 19 January 2022.

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