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Youth Justice Worker (Custodial)

Advertiser: Department of Justice and Community Safety3.7 out of 53.7 overall rating (21 employee reviews) More jobs from this company

Job Information

Job Listing Date
10 Sept 2019
Melbourne, CBD & Inner Suburbs
$52,493 - $67,410 p/a + super & penalty rates
Work Type
Full Time
Self Employment, Self Employment

 Set boundaries. Build futures.

  • Use your maturity and life experience in a challenging but rewarding role as a Youth Justice Worker.
  • Multiple full-time ongoing vacancies available on a 76-hour fortnight rotating roster.
  • Base salary of $52,493, although entry-level staff earn up to $76,650 on average after penalty rates, overtime and superannuation.
  • No formal qualifications are required but professional experience in any field is highly valued.
  • We're looking for empathetic, honourable and resilient people who can provide a secure and constructive environment for vulnerable young people with challenging behavioural issues.

We are now recruiting for our January 2020 intake of full-time youth justice workers in:

Malmsbury Youth Justice Custodial Precinct  View on a map

Parkville Youth Justice Custodial Precinct View on a map

Great youth justice workers can come from anywhere. It’s never too late for a career change, and you might be surprised how your professional experience could help you in this role. If you have ever been self-employed, you likely needed initiative, energy and organisation – these are also vital attributes for a youth justice worker.

Information sessions

After watching the video above and browsing, you may still want more info about the youth justice worker role. We encourage you to come along to one of our information sessions. You'll hear about the experiences of current youth justice workers directly, and also be able to ask any questions you have about the job or recruitment process.

Saturday 14 September
La Trobe Art Institute
11am – midday

Please register here

Wednesday 18 September
Treacy Centre
6:30pm – 7:30pm

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Saturday 21 September
Treacy Centre
11am – midday

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Wednesday 25 September
Goonawarra Golf Club
6:30pm – 7:30pm

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Attending an information session is not compulsory, and we still encourage you to apply if you can't make it along.

Learn more about the Parkville and Malmsbury precincts here 

Discover what it's like living in and around Malmsbury here

What does a youth justice worker do?

Your number-one priority is to ensure the safety and security of all people in our youth justice custodial facilities. Although this role may not be 'youth work' as you know it, our core ambition is still to help rehabilitate young offenders and provide them with the confidence and skills they need to become positive contributors to their communities.

Guiding personal behaviour change in young people is a difficult task and means a youth justice worker has many responsibilities. You will need to:

  • Manage any challenging behaviours of vulnerable and hostile young people.
  • Meet the needs of young people from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds.
  • Conduct and oversee searches, counts, admissions and supervise visits.
  • Use sound judgement to respond effectively within a changing work environment.
  • Help young people maintain relationships with their family and community, as well as legal, education and employer contacts.
  • Be a positive role model for the young people in your care.

What makes a great youth justice worker?

"You need a certain level of maturity … that doesn't mean to say you have to be over 40. But life experience counts for a lot, and just having patience and resilience." – John, Youth Justice Worker

There is no one kind of person who makes a great youth justice worker. No relevant experience or qualifications are required and we aim to recruit from a diverse range of backgrounds and industries.

However, there are some personal attributes that are essential in a youth justice worker. A good youth justice worker will have:

  • Life experience and maturity: When managing challenging behaviour, your maturity, integrity and life experience will help you make good decisions quickly and consistently.
  • Effective communication skills: Do you naturally and quickly connect with others in conversation? Building rapport with young people is crucial. Delivering information professionally and confidently will help build mutual trust and respect.
  • Resilience: The job is both physically and emotionally taxing so a measured and calm response to stressful situations and setbacks will help you persevere and achieve your goals. 
  • Empathy and cultural awareness: An appreciation and understanding of a range of different cultures and backgrounds will help you meet the complex needs of our young people.

Are you up to helping young people build a better future for themselves and our state? Apply now!

Applications will be regularly reviewed up until the closing date, so please do not hesitate in applying.

For more information, please contact the Youth Justice Recruitment Team on  

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