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Youth Justice Leaders

Youth Justice Leaders are responsible for young people aged between 10 and 18 years, supervising every aspect of their life in detention.

The role

As a Youth Justice Leader 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 lead and work as part of a team in an environment that has a primary focus on reducing reoffending through care, support, nurture and culturally competent practice.

You will be a positive role model, a mentor and implement evidenced-based ways of working with young people and their families. You will lead and work as part of a team to 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.

The benefits

Our Youth Justice Leaders 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 CSC30115 Certificate III in Correctional Practice (Youth Custodial) qualification
  • competitive base-grade salary: $67,896 - $73,717 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 Leaders 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 Leader.

Selection process

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:
    • literacy and aptitude testing
    • personality questionnaires
    • in some cases, an interview with a psychologist
  • selection panel interview
  • medical assessment
  • fitness assessment
  • criminal history screening (this is undertaken by the Department - applicants are not required to obtain a police clearance)
  • integrity check
  • 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 Program at the Department's Academy in Bentley and Banksia Hill Detention Centre. This is followed by a probation period at Banksia Hill, where you will complete a CSC30115 Certificate III in Correctional Practice (Youth Custodial) competency-based qualification whilst 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.

Contact us

Department of Justice (DOJ) regularly conducts recruitment campaigns for Youth Justice Leader vacancies.

For further information about the Department's Youth Justice Leaders, contact:

  • Email:

For more information about careers with the Department, refer to the working with us page or a list of current vacancies in the Department.

Page last updated: 27-Nov-2017