Youth Justice

Department of Human Services youth justice workers work across three main areas: youth justice custodial centres, youth justice teams based in local areas and courts.

They work closely with other statutory programs within the department, such as child protection, and many are employed in the department's secure services facilities. The facilities provide services to our clients to help reduce the likelihood of risk taking behaviour and offending, and to support them to reintegrate into the community. Secure services provided by the department include Youth Justice Custodial Services, Secure Welfare Services and Disability Forensic Assessment and Treatment Services.

Job description

In a youth custodial centre a youth justice worker is responsible for providing care, supervision, safety and support for young people sentenced or on remand.

Area-based youth justice workers provide care and supervision for young people on community-based orders and advice to courts to assist them to make informed decisions.


Youth justice centres

As an ideal candidate to work in a youth justice centre, it is highly desirable to have a minimum of a Diploma of Youth Justice or equivalent. We also welcome candidates with:

  • Certificate IV in Youth Work (Juvenile Justice/Youth Justice)
  • Certificate IV Youth Justice or equivalent
  • qualifications in social work, welfare work, psychology and criminal justice.

Youth justice area-based

You will need a tertiary qualification in one of the following areas:

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

Youth Justice workers are required to undergo safety screening, which includes a police check and a working with children check.

Salary (effective 1 July 2015)

Youth justice worker (custodial) commencing at $46,143
Youth justice worker (area-based) commencing $60,552

How to apply

See Applying for a job, Application process in the left menu to find out how to apply for positions.

For further information please contact the Secure Services human resources consultant on (03) 9389 4329.

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