Youth Justice

Victoria is renowned for its contemporary approach to working with young people involved with the criminal justice system.

Many young people involved with youth justice come from troubled backgrounds. Youth justice workers help young people to address their underlying problems, understand the impact of their offending and learn to be accountable for their actions.

What does the work involve?

Youth justice workers have a statutory responsibility under the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 to work with young offenders between 10 and 20 years old who will generally be on a Children’s Court order, or in some cases, an adult court order.

Youth justice workers work in secure youth justice custodial precincts, in youth justice teams based in local areas and in courts. Their work includes:

  • providing care, supervision, safety and support for youth justice clients
  • supporting clients in their personal development through individual casework, encouraging contact with their families, and referrals to services
  • ensuring that a secure environment is maintained for the benefit of clients, staff and the community when working with young people in custody.

Want to know more?

To find out more about becoming a youth justice worker, visit youth justice on the department’s website.

Youth justice workers really can make a difference to help a young person turn their life around.

There’s no such thing as a typical day. This is what makes the job so challenging and interesting – you never know what’s around the corner.

Working in Youth Justice Centres


As an ideal candidate to work in a youth justice centre you will have work and/ or life experience monitoring youth and assisting young people in skills development. We seek candidates who have the personal qualities of empathy, cultural awareness, initiative and resilience along with the ability to communicate effectively, use analysis and judgement and operate with a safety focus in a dynamic environment.

We also encourage candidates with the following qualifications:

  • Diploma of Youth Justice
  • Certificate IV in youth work (Juvenile justice/ Youth Justice)
  • Certificate IV in Youth Justice or equivalent
  • Qualifications in social work, welfare work, psychology and criminal justice

Salary (effective July 2016)

  • Youth justice worker (custodial) commencing $46,655 plus applicable shift penalties
  • Youth justice worker (area-based) commencing $62, 535
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