Youth Justice Worker
Youth Justice Workers are responsible for young people aged between 10 and 18 years, supervising every aspect of their life in detention.
As a Youth Justice Worker you will play an important role in transforming the way Youth Justice Services improve the life chances of young people in detention. Aboriginal young people make up almost 75 per cent of young people in detention in Western Australia.
The right people for this job must enjoy working with young people – you may have done this professionally, voluntarily or through your family network. You will work in an environment that has a primary focus on reducing reoffending through care, support, nurture and culturally competent practice.
You will be a role model, a mentor and implement evidenced-based ways of working with young people and their families. You will help create an environment where young people are supported to lead productive, law-abiding lives and become culturally stronger. You will work closely with organisations and Aboriginal people who are designing and leading initiatives to reduce reoffending.
This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of real change. Transforming the way we work with young people in detention helps individuals, their families and the wider community by reducing reoffending.
Our Youth Justice Workers enjoy a range of great benefits including:
- the ability to make a positive difference to a young person's life
- employment security
- supplied uniforms
- excellent training resulting in a nationally-recognised Certificate III qualification
- competitive base-grade salary: $59,172 - $64,256 per annum plus superannuation
- positions required to undertake shift work also attract a 19% commuted allowance.
- opportunities for promotion.
Banksia Hill Detention Centre positions operate on a 24 hour roster system. Our Youth Justice Workers must work shift work including public holidays, weekends and nights.
When positions are advertised, the eligibility requirements will be outlined in the individual job advertisement.
You'll need an unrestricted C-class driver's licence (not a learner's or probationary licence).
You'll need to be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen.
If you are an applicant outside Australia, refer to our International Recruitment page.
You must have a current Working with Children check or be able to successfully apply for one to be eligible for appointment as a Youth Justice Worker.
To be considered for placement in the 24-month appointment pool, you'll need to successfully complete all of the following assessments:
- identification check
- employment profile assessment, which includes:
- aptitude testing (verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning)
- personality questionnaire
- in some cases, an interview with a psychologist
- selection panel interview
- medical assessment
- fitness assessment
- criminal history and integrity screening (this is undertaken by the Department - applicants are not required to obtain a police clearance)
- any other assessments or checks as noted in the job advertisement.
If you are offered a position, you will need to undertake a paid Entry Level Training Course at the Department's Academy in Bentley and/or Banksia Hill Detention Centre. This is followed by a probation period at Banksia Hill, where you will complete a competency-based qualification on the job.
Once you have successfully completed both off and on-the-job training, demonstrating good conduct and regular attendance, you may become eligible for permanency.
If you would like to be contacted when we are next recruiting Youth Justice Workers, please register your details.
For further information about the Department's Youth Justice Workers, contact DCS Recruitment:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: 1800 796 026 - select Option 1.
Page last updated: 1-Mar-2017