Youth Justice Workers

If you've got maturity and life experience, and enjoy being a role model to young people, you should consider becoming a youth justice worker.
Provide a safe and secure environment for challenging young people
Help them address behavioural issues
Earn a good wage and generous penalty rates
Salary range
$50,828 - $65,272 per year plus superannuation and penalty rates
Malmsbury and Parkville

We're so proud of our passionate and resilient youth justice workers. Their commitment to their work is critical to the success of the youth justice system at large and makes a massive impact on our shared futures as a community. 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

While this isn't strictly 'youth work', as you may know it – the safety and security of all people in our facilities is the number one priority – our core ambition is still to help rehabilitate young offenders and provide them with the confidence and skills to become positive contributors to their communities.

Youth justice workers understand that crime is complex, and that successfully dealing with it demands action beyond simple punitive measures. Guiding personal behaviour change is a massive task, though, and means our staff have many responsibilities, including:

❂ 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.

❂ Conducting searches and security checks, responding to codes and filing reports on incidents.


An applicant seeking employment with Youth Justice Custodial Services 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  staff regularly.

Benefits of working in Youth Justice 

❂  Starting annual salary of $50,828 - $65,272 per year plus superannuation and penalty rates

❂  Several weeks paid training provided

❂  Flexible work arrangements give great opportunity for work/life balance

❂  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

❂  Five weeks paid annual leave for ongoing staff

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YJ facilities

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Who we work with

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