What's involved?

Being a youth justice worker is an important job with a lot of responsibility and accountability so we have a thorough recruitment process in place to make sure that we select the right people. It can take a while to go through the process - usually between 6 to 12 weeks, but we will be in contact with you to lead you through the whole process. 

Attend an info session

We run information sessions regularly to give you all the information you need to know about becoming a youth justice worker. You'll hear from many of the people involved in bringing you on board, from the General Manager of the facility hiring, to us here at the Department of Justice and Regulation head office, to YJ workers who can tell you all about what a day in their work life looks like. Although it's not compulsory, we highly recommend that you attend an info session so you can get answers to any questions you may have about the role.

Apply online

There is an online application form you'll need to fill in to apply to become a YJ worker. You'll find the form, and information about roles that we're currently recruiting for, by clicking the first blue button at the bottom of this page.  You will need to upload your resume (no cover letter is required) and submit responses to the free text
questions listed (which will be assessed).

You will also answer a series of situation-based questions in our Situational Judgement Test that will give you a glimpse into what you might expect to see in the role. These are multiple choice and you can choose the answer that you think is best. You'll also get sent a questionnaire that gives us more information about your interests, values and strengths. These questions don't have any right or wrong answers, but will help us get to know you better.

If your application progresses to the next stage, you will be contacted to complete a short video interview that you can do in your own time with your computer or smartphone. If you experience difficulties with the technology required to complete the video interview, please contact the recruitment services team who are happy to assist: yjcsrecruitment@justice.vic.gov.au (External link). The video interview can be completed on any mobile device, with a front facing camera and microphone or a desktop
computer with Internet.

If you do not wish to apply for any of the roles that are currently vacant, but want to be considered for future positions in other regions, we suggest that you register your expression of interest by clicking the second blue button at the bottom of the page.

Attend in person

To gain a more realistic understanding of what the role entails, you will be acting the role of a youth justice worker in a fictional scenario. We'll provide you with a scenario and more information when you arrive. There's no need to study before you get there.

If you're successful, we'll invite you to come along to one of our assessment centres.The recruiters at our assessment centres run a number of individual and group activities to ensure that you possess the skills, conduct and characteristics required to become a YJ worker. You'll be measured individually against a predefined set of criteria and not against any other participant.

Applicants who attend our assessment centres are typically asked to participate in activities such as interviews, group exercises, case studies or work simulations. You will be provided with more information before you attend.

Review your offer

Before being made an offer, we'll get in touch with you to arrange a health and physical assessment. The role can be physically demanding, so we want to make sure that you can do it safely and without putting yourself or others at risk.

We will also conduct reference and security checks, which will allow us to confirm once more that you're suited to the role. As the positions require high security clearance, you'll need to let us know if you've ever been charged with or convicted of any offence. Some offences will automatically disqualify your application but others may not. Non-disclosure is treated seriously, though, so it's better to let us know up front about any incidents in your past.

Pre-service training

There's a lot of information to learn once you become a YJ worker, so we give all of our newly recruited squad members fully paid pre-service training. It's full time, Monday to Friday, and combines both theoretical and practical learning (including time on the job). 

You'll also be required to obtain a 'Statement of Attainment' for the Provide First Aid course - HLTAID003 (preferred) or the Provide Basic Emergency Life Support course - HLTAID002 (minimum), as well as a Working With Children Check, before starting your role as a YJ worker. 

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