As a youth justice officer, you'll be able to make a positive difference to the lives of young people.
Your role will include supervising young people in the community who are involved, or at risk of being involved in the justice system, by providing advice and assessment reports to courts and releasing authorities.
Working from community and detention centres and courts, you'll use contemporary counselling and intervention strategies to achieve positive change in young people.
You'll meet and work with young people regularly to help them adopt law-abiding lifestyles.
This may involve developing rehabilitation programs and linking young people with external services and treatment programs.
Your day-to-day work can include:
Being a youth justice officer is a challenging role.
It's about helping young people make changes that will stop them from offending or reoffending and being sent to detention.
Our youth justice officers enjoy a range of great benefits including:
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 or be able to successfully apply for one to be eligible for appointment as a youth justice officer (this check is undertaken in the first week of training).
To be eligible for appointment, you'll need to successfully complete all of the following assessments:
Before you are appointed to a position, you will be required to undertake 9 months paid intensive training consisting of both off-the-job training at the Department's Training Academy in Bentley and on-the-job-training at a Youth Justice centre. Once you have successfully completed both off and on-the-job training, demonstrating good conduct and regular attendance, you may become eligible for permanency.
People employed from the pool must be prepared to attend training on a regular basis. Those located in regional areas will not be required to pay for travel or accommodation for this mandatory training.
Department of Corrective Services (DCS) 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:
Last updated: 18-Mar-2013