Youth Justice Worker - new opportunities at our Parkville precinct

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: YJW2
Work Location: Melbourne - Western Metro
Reference: DOJ/YJW2PARK
Closing Date: 31-Dec-2024
Salary Range: $74,580 - $85,766
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Youth Justice application process sheet.pdf (PDF, 759KB)
Job Specification

Position Description Youth Justice Worker YJW2 March 2023.pdf (PDF, 187KB)
Job Specification

YJ worker Health Assessment_Factsheet_May 24.pdf (PDF, 488KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Youth justice recruitment team

Position Details

Build better futures for young people. Create positive change from the inside out.

  • Bring your life experience and people skills to new opportunities at Parkville
  • Earn up to $93,639, with a base salary of $74,580 including standard penalty rates and overtime
  • Entry level role with full training including a Certificate IV in Youth Justice
  • Relocation allowance for eligible candidates

Right now, we are recruiting for new casual and full-time roles at Parkville Youth Justice Precinct, situated in the heart of the city just 3kms north of Melbourne CBD.

Parkville is a safe and secure place where young people can work on getting their lives back on track, supported by evidence-based programs and services. We want young people to return home with the confidence that they can thrive in their own communities.

The role of a youth justice worker at Parkville

Youth justice workers empower young people to steer their lives in a positive direction. They work in a safe and secure custodial environment and act as part of an extended network of care for young people in custody, helping them work to a daily structure, achieve key goals and develop life skills. 

It can be challenging work where you need to build trust and call on your resilience to manage difficult situations, but in return for your skills and life experience, we offer paid training (including a Cert IV in youth justice), job security and a wide range of benefits.

We look for:

  • passion and empathy – the willingness to work with children and 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 – the ability to be a natural team player and work well with a close team
  • verbal and written communication skills – report writing will be part of your job
  • proactivity – the skill for solving challenges and complex issues with bright ideas.

We also value qualifications or experience in the following areas: 

Case management, youth work, community services, social studies, education, criminology or allied health practices such as psychology, speech pathology, occupational therapy, mental health, psychiatric nursing or alcohol and other drugs outreach.
These capabilities will enable you to actively participate as a keyworker in a young persons' care team to monitor progress against identified goals and support rehabilitative outcomes through the delivery of structured and psychosocial programs.
As part of our multidisciplinary team and in partnership with rehabilitation and behaviour support services, you will also implement strategies that address and manage challenging behaviours and escalating issues.
Feel like a change of scene?
If you're open to relocating, up to $10,000 is currently being offered to cover expenses in moving from your current home to within a 60-minute drive of our facilities. This reimbursement can be used for moving costs, travel costs, removalist hire or temporary accommodation so talk to our recruitment team when you apply.
Career information sessions
Make sure you register for one of our online career Q&A sessions at

It's a great opportunity to ask questions about day-to-day work at our youth justice precincts and the career pathways available.


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.

To become a youth justice worker, you will also need to pass a health and fitness assessment. To find out how your current fitness levels match up and the best ways to prepare, take our health self-assessment.

Prior to starting work, all successful candidates must independently obtain:

  • Current First Aid Certification (HLTAID011 is preferred, or the Provide Basic Emergency Life Support course - HLTAID002 at a minimum)
  • Current CPR
  • Working With Children Card (Employee)

A driver licence is desirable but not mandatory.

Priority consideration will apply to Victorian Public Service (VPS) employees who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) platform. If you are a current VPS employee, please ensure the JSE link is used for all internal applications.


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.

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