Become a Youth Justice Worker

We're so proud of our ever-resilient and passionate youth justice workers. Their commitment to their work is critical to the success of the youth justice system at large. We know this job isn't easy, but it sure is rewarding, and we think you'll quickly see why if you join us. Read on to learn about the responsibilities of YJ workers and find out if you're eligible to apply. 

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. Our goal is 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 six months.

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

You will likely have time to obtain these certifications after learning of your successful application.

A driver's 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 also provided to all YJCS staff regularly.

Benefits of working in Youth Justice 

❂  Starting annual salary of $50,077 - $64,307 (plus shift penalties and 9.5% superannuation)

❂  Several weeks paid training provided

❂  Shift work roster

❂  Generous penalty rates for working overtime, weekends and public holidays.

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

❂  Uniforms provided

❂  On-site secure car parking for all staff

❂  Five weeks paid annual leave for ongoing staff


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Who we work with

Understand the reasons young people come into contact with Youth Justice.

YJ facilities

Take a peek at our two facilities in Parkville and Malmsbury.