Youth Justice Worker (Custodial) - Cherry Creek
- Location: Melbourne - Western Metro
- Job Function: Prison and Corrective Services
- Work Type: Various
About this role
Build better futures for young people. Create change from the inside out.
- Bring your therapeutic skills to our new state-of-the-art facility
- Earn up to $92,712, with a base salary of $72,751 including standard penalty rates and overtime
- Full training provided including a fully funded Certificate IV in Youth Justice
Right now, we are recruiting for part-time and full-time roles at our state of the art, purpose built Cherry Creek Youth Justice Precinct. With the facility starting operations in May 2023, training for new youth justice workers will begin in February.
Set in a picturesque part of Victoria close to Werribee, Cherry Creek is a safe and secure place where young people can work on getting their lives back on track. Their efforts are supported by evidence-based programs and services.
At Cherry Creek, we want young people to return home with the confidence that they can thrive in their own communities. Young people live in four-bed and eight-bed units across different neighbourhoods. Each unit is equipped with a kitchen, living and outdoor area to support independent living skills.
The role of a youth justice worker at Cherry Creek
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.
Youth justice workers at Cherry Creek also support the delivery of specialist programs and services.
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:
In partnership with rehabilitation and behaviour support services, you will also implement strategies that address and manage challenging behaviours and escalating issues.
As part of our multidisciplinary team, you can look forward to ongoing professional development. Once a fortnight, youth justice workers at Cherry Creek have a crossover day with supervisors where they focus on training and development needs, supervision and team building.
Career information sessions
Make sure you register for one of our online career Q&A sessions at www.youthjusticejobs.vic.gov.au
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 (HLTAID003 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.
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 email@example.com
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.
Please note, this offer of employment is conditional upon you providing evidence to the department that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccination Certification will be collected upon commencement.
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 three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine required by the department.
Acceptable evidence includes:
- COVID-19 digital certificate or ATAGI exemption certificate (available via your myGov account)
- 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.
If you consider that you are unable to be vaccinated against COVID-19, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
|Location:||Melbourne - Western Metro|
|Job Function:||Prison and Corrective Services|
|Salary Range:||$72,751 - $83,662|
|Application Close Date:||31-Dec-2023|
|Attachments:|| Position Description - Youth Justice Worker -YJW2.pdf (PDF, 223KB)
Youth Justice Health Assessment Fact Sheet - Nov 22.pdf (PDF, 1.50MB)
Youth justice recruitment team