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Youth Custodial Officer

Register your interest in becoming a youth custodial officer.

Youth Custodial Officers are responsible for young people aged between 10 and 17 years, supervising every aspect of their life in detention.

The role

Youth Custodial Officers play an important role in improving outcomes for young people in detention.

The right people for this job are resilient and enjoy working with young people.

They are positive role models and support young people and their families who have often experienced significant trauma. Youth Custodial Officers are fair, non-judgmental and dependable.

A Youth Custodial Officer is a person who:

  • is responsible for the safety, security, care and wellbeing of young people in custody
  • works with young people in challenging situations by diffusing and managing conflict
  • has the ability to positively engage with young people, including those from Aboriginal or diverse cultural backgrounds.

The benefits

Our Youth Custodial Officers 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: $61,172 - $66,256 per annum plus superannuation
  • positions required to undertake shift work also attract a 19% commuted allowance.
  • opportunities for promotion.

Youth Custodial Officers generally work rotating shift patterns on a 24 hour roster system. Shifts include work on public holidays, weekends and nights.


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

You will need an unrestricted C-class driver's licence (not a learner's or probationary licence). Possess a first aid qualification from an accredited training provider.

You will also 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 Custodial Officer.

Selection process

To be considered for placement in the 24-month appointment pool, you will 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 undertake a paid Entry Level Training Program at the Department's Academy in Bentley and at the Banksia Hill Detention Centre in Canning Vale. This is followed by a probation period 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 be eligible for permanency.

Contact us

If you would like to be contacted when we are next recruiting for Youth Custodial Officers, register your details.

For further information about the Department's Youth Custodial Officers, contact the Bulk Recruitment Team on or call 1800 974 199 during business hours.

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: 9-Mar-2020