Who we are
The Department of Justice and Community Safety (the department) delivers high quality services to Victorians and supports a safe, just, innovative and thriving Victoria.
Ministerial portfolios within the department include the Attorney-General, Police, Corrections, Emergency Services, Workplace Safety, Crime Prevention, Youth Justice, Victim Support, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, and Consumer Affairs.
We offer a broad range of career opportunities to more than 8,800 employees in over 50 business units and service agencies across Victoria.
Our broader portfolio is supported by more than 27,000 staff and more than 90,000 volunteers in the Country Fire Authority, Victoria State Emergency Service, Office of the Public Advocate and other bodies.
A wide range of opportunities are on offer across our various business units and statutory entities, in a variety of locations across the Melbourne metropolitan area and regional Victoria.
Some of our most common jobs include:
- prison officers
- youth justice workers
- case officers / managers
- clinicians (psychologists / social workers)
- sheriff’s officers
- legal / policy officers
- support roles (such as human resources, finance, IT, communications and administration).
These are just examples of the numerous career opportunities on offer. To see what opportunities are currently available, please visit careers.vic.gov.au
We also offer opportunities for:
The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees consistent with the department's obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic).
Therefore, there is a requirement that all DJCS employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to undertake duties outside of their homes. Prior to commencement of employment with the department you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19.
Acceptable evidence includes:
- COVID-19 digital certificate (available via your myGov account)
- your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account), or
- a letter from the GP who vaccinated you.
What we can offer
In addition to working in an inclusive and supportive team environment, our employees also enjoy benefits, such as:
- competitive salaries
- opportunities for flexible working arrangements to support work/life balance
- salary packaging of superannuation and motor vehicle novated leases
- generous leave entitlements, including annual leave loading, paid parental leave, and the opportunity to purchase additional leave
- an annual performance and development scheme, with performance-based salary increases
- free access to the department’s Employee Assistance Program, which provides personal and confidential counselling support on personal and work-related issues
- opportunities to undertake temporary assignments and secondments, both internally and within other Victorian Government departments and agencies
- access to Myki Commuter Club for discounted annual Myki metro or V/Line pass
- social club membership for substantial discounts on gift cards, ticket box office and events, online shopping, travel and accommodation, etc.
- annual flu vaccinations
- discounted corporate health plan.
Who we are looking for
Not only are we looking for candidates with the right mix of skills, experience and qualifications, but we also want to find people who are committed to upholding the department’s values and behaviours - serve the community, work together, act with integrity, respect other people and make it happen.
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.
We proactively seek to build and maintain a workforce which reflects the diverse community we serve, which includes people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, with a disability, and varied cultural backgrounds. In addition, we have a firm commitment to increase participation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people across our workforce.
The department also values expertise and knowledge acquired through having a lived experience of the justice system. While declaring lived experience may not be relevant in all roles, the department encourages applications from people who have been in contact with justice services.
Through our commitment to diversity and equality, we are actively engaged in promoting and maintaining a safe and inclusive work environment where all employees are respected, valued and supported.
Our employees are key to our success, and bring new and creative responses to issues and challenges we face in our work and the delivery of quality services to the Victorian community.
Our selection process
Our recruitment decisions are based on merit. Using a competitive selection process, we make an overall assessment of each candidate’s skills, experience, qualifications and personal qualities against the requirements of the role.
Selection processes and decisions are free of bias and unlawful discrimination.
Our selection process is designed to ensure the most suitable candidate is appointed to the position.
How to apply
All available vacancies are advertised on the Department of Justice and Community Safety's Careers website .
The advertisement will contain a Position Description which provides information about the role’s duties and responsibilities. It also outlines the skills, experience, qualifications and personal qualities we are looking for in the successful candidate.
To apply, simply click on the “Apply Now” button at the bottom of the job advertisement, then either log in if you are an existing user or register as a new user.
What to include in your application
To help us in assessing your potential suitability for the position, you are asked to submit a résumé and covering letter. The job advertisement will mention if you need to supply any additional information.
You should ensure that your résumé and covering letter highlight your skills and experience relevant to all aspects of the position for which you are applying.
Please ensure all attachments uploaded are in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf format.
After the closing date for applications, the selection panel will review and assess each of the applications received against the requirements of the position.
The selection panel will then determine which candidates will progress to the next stage in the selection process.
The next step in the selection process is usually an interview between the short-listed candidates and the selection panel. If you are short-listed for interview, you will be contacted to arrange a suitable day and time to attend the interview.
During the interview, the selection panel will ask you a series of questions to help them further assess your potential suitability for the position.
The questions will focus on the requirements of the position and are likely to ask you to draw upon your experience and talk about specific situations that you have encountered in the past. In your responses, you are encouraged to adopt the ‘STAR’ approach:
- Situation - What was the situation and how did it arise?
- Task - What was the outcome you needed to achieve and what were your responsibilities?
- Action - What did you actually do, why did you do it and what alternatives did you consider?
- Result - What was the outcome, what did you learn and is there anything you should have done differently?
Not only is the interview used to assess your potential suitability for the position, it is also an opportunity for you to ask questions of the selection panel to help you decide if this is the right role for you.
In addition to interview questions, you may be asked to complete one or more practical exercises to help assess your potential suitability for the position.
Reference checks, further interviews and testing
If you successfully progress through the interview stage of the selection process, you will usually be asked to provide the names and contact details of at least two professional, work-related referees who can be contacted to discuss your skills, experience and performance.
It is expected that at least one of these referees will be your current or previous manager.
All appointments to the department are subject to reference checks, misconduct screening and criminal records checks. Some positions may also be subject to a medical check and/or 'Working with Children Check'.
All staff must comply with departmental policies and procedures, the 'One Justice' values and the Code of Conduct for Victorian Public Sector employees.
Pre-employment misconduct screening applies to all proposed appointments within the department and its statutory authorities.
All applicants must disclose any current or previous Victorian Public Service employment history as well as any other relevant interstate or privately managed corrections agencies.
As per the Code of Conduct, public sector employees should advise their manager if they have been or become charged with any criminal offences that could reasonably be seen to affect their ability to meet the inherent requirements of the work they are engaged to perform.
Employees are also required to declare any conflicts of interests such as outside employment, business or volunteer activities and any associations with individuals who you know or suspect to be engaged in any unlawful activity.
If the position is based in a prison, custodial centre or community corrections location or has offender management responsibilities, employment will be subject to a number of additional pre-employment security and safety checks, including:
- Pre-Employment Security Check (Declaration Form)
- National Police Record and Fingerprints Check and International Police Clearance (if applicable)
- VicRoads Information Check and Interstate Drivers Licence Check (if applicable).
If you are the recommended candidate for the position, you will be contacted to discuss the conditions of your proposed appointment.
Department policy stipulates that salary upon commencement is paid at the base of the salary range for the relevant grade. Any above base requests require sign off by an executive delegate and will be by exception only or where required to match the current salary of Victorian Public Service staff transferring at level.
Unsuccessful candidates will be advised via email. Please note that due to the high number of applications the department receives, feedback is generally only available to those candidates who reach the interview stage of the selection process.
Eligibility for employment
To be eligible for employment with us, you must be:
- an Australian citizen, or
- an Australian permanent resident, or
- a New Zealand citizen.
If you do not meet the above criteria, but hold a valid visa which enables you to work in Australia and at the department, you should contact the nominated contact person for the position to discuss your eligibility for the role.
For further information
All advertised vacancies will have the name and contact details of the appropriate person for you to contact if you have any questions about the vacancy.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are also welcome to contact our Koori Employment Team on (03) 8684 1753 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Information for graduates who want to join the department.
Youth Employment Scheme (YES traineeship)
The Youth Employment Scheme offers Victorians aged 15 to 24 a career kick-start with traineeships in the Victorian Government. Visit the Youth Central website for more information
The department prides itself on its commitment and achievements in increasing Koori employment
Work experience and internship programs for both tertiary and secondary students.
The department has a number of volunteer opportunities for people who want to help in Victoria's court, legal and prison systems.
The department offers a Disability Scholarship Program which aims to achieve a long-term increase in the number of qualified people with a disability employed across all areas and all levels of the public service.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tertiary Pathway Scholarship provides a study allowance to Koori tertiary students completing their studies.
Recipients of the Justice Health Aboriginal Tertiary Scholarship receive a fortnightly study allowance to undertake full-time study in a range of health-related fields.