Become a Youth Justice Worker

What you will be doing

Youth justice workers understand that crime is complex, and that successfully dealing with it demands action beyond simple punitive measures. In addition to maintaining secure facilities, we aim to help rehabilitate young offenders and provide them with the confidence and skills to become positive contributors to their communities. Guiding personal behaviour change is a massive task and means our staff have many responsibilities, including:

❂ Maintaining a secure environment and conducting searches and security checks

❂ Supporting young offenders in their personal development through individual casework

❂ Encouraging young offenders to contact their families and act on referrals to services

❂ Ensuring that a secure environment is maintained for the benefit of young offenders, staff and the community.


An applicant seeking employment with Youth Justice Custodial Services (YJCS) as a Youth Justice Worker must be either:

❂  An Australian citizen - a birth certificate, citizenship certificate or current passport is required as proof of eligibility

❂  A permanent resident of Australia

❂  A New Zealand citizen who has entered Australia on a valid passport.

❂  Eligible to work in Australia for a period of more than 6 Months

Prior to commencing work within the custodial facility all candidates must have independently obtained:

❂  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) (External link)

A drivers licence is not required but is desirable


All youth justice workers receive intensive specialist training prior to working within the custodial facilities. Ongoing training and skills development is provided to all YJCS staff at regular intervals.

Benefits of working in Youth Justice 

❂  Starting annual salary of $49,216 - $63,201 (plus applicable shift penalties)

❂  Four weeks paid training provided

❂  Shift work

❂  Penalty rates where applicable

❂  Personalised Professional Development Plans – creating opportunities for promotion and career progression within the Department of Justice and Regulation and other Government agencies

❂  Five weeks paid annual leave

❂  On-site secure car parking for all staff

❂  Uniforms provided

❂  All other benefits associated with working for the Victorian Government