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Youth Justice Officer

The aim of Youth Justice Services is to work with young people who offend and their families to create safer homes and communities.

Youth Justice Officers contribute to community safety by trying to make a positive difference to the lives of young people who offend or are at risk of offending. You'll be working from community-based centres, program centres, the detention centre and the courts.

The role

Being a Youth Justice Officer is a challenging role.

The role can be complex and confronting. It is difficult to help young people make positive changes that will stop them from offending or reoffending and being sent to detention. You will need to have the ability to engage with difficult young people and their families in a community, custodial and home environment in a culturally appropriate manner.

Your persistence, life experience, knowledge and skills dealing with young people will assist you in this role.

Youth Justice Officers supervise young people in the community who are involved or at risk of being involved in the justice system. You will be required to meet with the young person regularly to help them adopt law-abiding lifestyles, comply with court supervision orders and complete any community work requirements.

The Youth Justice Officer role makes risk assessments, provides advice and reports to the Courts and releasing authorities, based on your assessment and analysis of the young offender's behaviour.

Managing young people will require you to use appropriate counselling, develop intervention plans and work together with external services and treatment programs. You will need to be customer focused and assist the young person and their family to engage with the courts and treatment programs.

The benefits

Our Youth Justice Officers enjoy a range of great benefits including:

  • employment security
  • flexible working conditions
  • excellent training in a nationally-recognised CSC30115 Certificate III in Correctional Practice (Community) qualification
  • generous leave entitlements including:
    • 4 weeks annual leave plus 17.5% leave loading
    • personal leave
    • parental leave (paid and unpaid)
    • study leave
    • long service leave after 7 years
    • purchased leave
  • competitive base-grade salary: $76,452 - $80,797 per annum plus superannuation
  • regional incentives (depending on the location)
  • career development opportunities.


When positions are advertised, the eligibility requirements will be outlined in the individual job advertisement.

You'll need to be an Australian citizen, an 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 (WWC) or be able to successfully apply for one to be eligible for appointment as a Youth Justice Officer.

Selection process

To be eligible for appointment, you'll need to successfully complete all of the following assessments:

  • identification check
  • selection panel interview
  • 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 must be prepared to travel to the Department's Training Academy located in Bentley in the Perth metropolitan area, to attend training on a regular basis. Trainees from regional work locations will not be required to pay for travel or accommodation during this mandatory training at the Bentley Academy.

The Correctional Officers Foundation Program (COFP) is a full-time course. It incorporates 6 months of mixed periods of off-the-job at the Academy and on-the-job training at your centre.

Written and practical assessments are conducted during this period. This training is linked to the nationally accredited qualification CSC30115 Certificate III in Correctional Practice (Community). This certificate is a mandatory requirement to work as a Youth Justice Officer.

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 Officer vacancies.

Applications for Youth Justice Officers are currently closed. Enter your details into the youth justice officer registry to register your interest in a Youth Justice Officer role.

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

  • 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