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Youth Justice Worker - Malmsbury (Yjw1)

Department of Justice and Community Safety - Macedon, VIC

Voluntary, Charity & Social Work
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At the Department of Justice and Community Safety, we’re looking for people who want to make a difference. People who take pride in their work. People who get things done. People who are committed to making Victoria a safer place.

We embrace diversity and strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. We’re all about recruiting the best people, regardless of gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation or cultural background. If you think you can do the job and would be a good fit for our department, we’d love to hear from you.

The department is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and recognises that children’s rights need to be respected, their views welcomed and valued, and their concerns taken seriously and acted upon.

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit justice.vic.gov.au/careers

We’re proud of the important work we do across Victoria. Want to be part of it?

Re-imagine your career and lifestyle – move to regional Victoria as a youth justice worker at Malmsbury and help get young people back on track.

  • Make a tree change – we're offering up to $10,000 to cover your relocation expenses!
  • The best possible start to a career working with young people.
  • Multiplecasual and ongoing vacancies.

Here is an incredible opportunity to make the change in life you've been dreaming about! We are currently recruiting our next squad of youth justice workers for the Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre (view on a map) and, for a limited time, we're offering up to $10,000 to cover relocation expenses. You get a compelling job, your move paid for and a chance to enjoy the benefits and lifestyle a thriving regional community.

For more information, please contact the Youth Justice Recruitment Team on 1300 191 834 or email yjcsrecruitment@justice.vic.gov.au

What does a youth justice worker do?

Youth justice workers are not typical ‘youth workers' - we're so much more. We address a young person's offending behaviour by developing positive and pro-social perspectives, attitudes and behaviours in relation to themselves and others; while providing a safe and secure environment.

New youth justice workers come from a range of different industries. Most of us have made career changes and use skills from all sorts of life experiences and backgrounds, for example. community services, education, youth work, social work, disability services, aged care.

Our daily work with young people can involve:

  • Establishing healthy personal routines, working to a daily structure from morning until bedtime.
  • Redirecting challenging and anti-social behaviour to the positive standards expected by the community.
  • Engaging young people in education through ongoing encouragement and mentoring.
  • Helping young people develop positive family relationships and involvement in their communities.
  • Facilitating connections and support from other service organisations.

Learn more about being a youth justice worker here

Online information session

To find out if you have the right passion, skills and experience to become a youth justice worker, register for our online webinar. You'll hear from youth justice managers and team members as well as have the chance to ask questions.

Date: Thursday 25th March 2021

Time: 1pm AEST

Click here to register

Time for a tree change?

The Malmsbury Youth Justice Precinct is commutable from many Melbourne suburbs in less than an hour, but if you're more than an hour away and you're looking for a change of pace in life then you may want to think about making a move closer to work.

The department is currently offering up to $10,000 to cover expenses in moving from your current home to be closer to Malmsbury. This reimbursement can help cover moving costs, travel costs, removalist hire or temporary accommodation.You might live in Melbourne or you might live in another state – get in touch with our recruitment team to discuss the eligibility requirements and terms and conditions.

Malmsbury is set in North-Western Victoria, a gorgeous, green part of the world famed for wild parkland and a thriving arts scene. Although bushwalkers and birdwatchers have been drawn here for decades, more recently the tranquil setting has drawn a mass migration of Melburnians. This new flock has revitalised local pubs, cafés and galleries and helped forge a strong sense of community.

Towns like Kyneton, Castlemaine and Daylesford now have village centres stacked with restaurants and bars and calendars packed with cultural festivals and events, and they're ready to welcome you. Alternatively, if you're chasing a more cosmopolitan experience with a cupful of country charm, then Bendigo is also well placed as a home base for new youth justice workers as well.

What makes a great youth justice worker?

The most effective youth justice workers possess a special combination of qualities and capabilities, including:

  • Dedication. We care deeply about the young people in our care and want to see them thrive in life. We're pro-active, constantly thinking of new ways to solve problems and address issues. We maintain our belief in the importance of our role as a youth justice worker and our ability to change lives for the better. We don't quit, we don't look for something easier – we love a challenge.
  • Resilience. We have a ‘thick skin' and know that some young people in our care can have complex and challenging behaviours which you'll be supported to navigate. We can have a bad day but be fully energised to go again when we wake up for our next shift.
  • Maturity. Regardless of our age, we have the open mindedness and ability to relate well to anyone. We have gained this from experiences working with people less fortunate than ourselves, living amongst different cultures, working with challenging people in difficult situations or having leadership roles in community organisations.
  • Situational awareness. We have a knack for reading a situation and telegraphing potential dangers. We can keep our heads and make well-considered decisions in tense moments because we have worked with challenging people before.

Why we love this job

There's no sugar coating it, being a youth justice worker is a challenging job. We work with some of the most behaviourally challenging young people in our state – young people with histories of trauma, homelessness and unstable parenting and there is real potential for young people to exhibit heightened behaviours.

But we never give up on our young people, because we know what we're doing makes a difference. Because the little wins we experience can feel like major breakthroughs – like seeing a young person behave respectfully or learn new skills. It's evidence that our hard work is making an impact.

There is a lot else to love about being a youth justice worker too, including:

  • Career options
    Youth justice workers who become experts in the role, usually discover a wealth of career opportunities open to them. The Department of Justice and Community Safety rewards its best staff with new leadership roles and secondments and the chance to make a career pivot into community-based youth justice or even policy-based work. There are so many directions your career can go in once you have a foundation in youth justice frontline operations.
  • Job security
    We have secure roles with generous penalty rates for overtime and weekend shifts. It all adds up and can take our salaries quite a bit above the base. The work we do is also critical to the ongoing safety of Victorians, - there's a wealth of opportunities for those who are committed and effective.

  • The diversity of work and people
    The adage ‘no two days are the same' holds true for youth justice workers. We have regular tasks we have to do, but when we do them, where we do them and who with is always changing. It keeps things interesting. We also work intensively with many different young people every day, there's no end to what we can learn and how we can grow. A lot of us say the job has made us more empathetic and patient. We think we're better parents, better friends and better partners for our loved ones outside of the precinct because of our work here.


To be considered for a youth justice worker role you must be either:

  • An Australian citizen – a birth certificate, citizenship certificate or current passport is required as proof of eligibility, or
  • A permanent resident of Australia, or
  • 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 independently obtain:

  • Current First Aid Certification (HLTAID003 is preferred, or the Provide Basic Emergency Life Support course - HLTAID002 at a minimum)
  • Current CPR
  • Working With Children Card (Employee)

You will have time to obtain these certifications after learning of your successful application. A driver licence is desirable but not mandatory.

To learn more about the buzzing communities we can help you become a part of, go to https://www.youthjusticejobs.vic.gov.au/living-near-malmsbury.

For more information about the position, go to youthjusticejobs.vic.gov.au or contact the Youth Justice Recruitment Team on yjcsrecruitment@justice.vic.gov.au

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Department of Justice and Community Safety is continually working towards increasing our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Aboriginal) workforce. The Aboriginal Employment Team aims to attract, recruit and retain Aboriginal staff in a number of roles, including prison officers, community corrections officers and field officers. This support includes a culturally appropriate attraction and recruitment process. To learn more,click hereor emailaboriginal.employment@justice.vic.gov.au.

Successful candidates will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening.

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