As a youth justice worker, you will be part of a tight-knit team of talented, diverse individuals who are committed to supporting each other and improving the lives of children and young people.

Learn more below about some of the other benefits of the job, including salary, training and additional staff support networks.


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Youth justice precincts

Parkville is located in the inner northern suburbs of Melbourne. It accommodates boys and girls from 10 years old as well as young people of all genders up to 22 years old.

Malmsbury is located approximately 100kms north of Melbourne. It accommodates sentenced young men up to the age of 22 years old.

Learn more about Malmsbury

Cherry Creek

A new youth justice precinct is being constructed at Cherry Creek, near Werribee in Melbourne's West. Learn more about the project on the Community Safety Building Authority website (External link).

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Working arrangements and benefits

Youth justice offers a range of flexible working arrangements and benefits for staff.


A full-time ongoing youth justice worker operates on a two-week rotating fortnightly roster.

Here are some key things to know:

  • You will work no more than three days in a row.
  • Shifts can last up to 12 or 13 hours including your meal break.
  • You will work every second weekend and public holidays as required, and earn penalty rates on top of your salary. 
  • Staff are entitled to 30-minute meal breaks every five hours.
  • Rotating rosters mean you can plan your life outside of work ahead of time.

Below is an example of a rotating roster in which you work five days in week one and two days in week two with days off in between.

Example 2 week roster showing a 5 day work week in the first week and 2 days in the second with one weekend on.

Part-time work and secondary employment

We employ casual or part-time staff depending on requirements at our facilities during the year. Please check details in job ads when they appear or contact our recruitment team at (External link)

If you wish to undertake secondary employment or unpaid work while employed, you will need to request permission. Each request will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.


Staff are required to wear uniforms, which will be provided.

Salary and benefits including penalty rates and superannuation

The starting salary is $54,755 but it is possible to earn up to $74,500 including standard penalty rates and 10% super with future opportunities to progress. Our casual staff earn $34 per hour plus super and penalties.

Penalty rates

As a full-time youth justice worker, you will be required to work weekday shifts that stretch beyond regular business hours and will need to work some weekends and public holidays as well. You will be compensated for your commitment, with generous penalty rates applied.

  • Monday to Friday (after 10 am) – paid at 115 per cent of hourly rate
  • Saturday and Sunday – paid at 175 per cent of hourly rate
  • Public holidays – a choice between being paid at 250 per cent of hourly rate or one day in lieu, plus 50 per cent of regular wage per hour worked.


Superannuation is awarded at 10% of your earnings and will be paid into your nominated fund, or you can join VicSuper.

Taxable income

Any salary or additional penalty rates count as taxable income. 

Other benefits

As a youth justice worker, you will enjoy a diverse range of benefits, including:

  • future opportunities to progress your career
  • eight weeks of fully paid training
  • personalised professional development plans – creating opportunities for promotion and career progression
  • five weeks of paid annual leave per year
  • flexible work arrangements that support a healthy work-life balance.

Learn more about career pathways in youth justice.

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Staff support

All employees have access to free, confidential, 24-hour Employee Wellbeing and Support services that includes:

  • support and counselling for a broad range of personal and work-related issues
  • manager coaching and advice to assist with a variety of people management issues
  • career development and planning, resume and job seeking assistance, interview skills, vocational training
  • strategies, tools and coaching to deal with difficult workplace and personal situations
  • specialist advice across nutrition, sleep, resilience, mindfulness, addictive behaviours, retirement planning and positive lifestyle changes
  • money management coaching to help work through financial wellbeing concerns
  • critical incident support for employees following a work-related incident.

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We are committed to diversity

Our aim is to employ a diverse workforce that is truly representative of the community we serve.

We welcome people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability and cultural background and have a firm commitment to increase the representation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people across our workforce. We are also committed to the Victorian Government's promise to increase the number of veterans working in the public sector.

There are numerous cultural groups and networks you can join within youth justice, the department and the broader Victorian Public Service:

Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander candidates

Our dedicated Aboriginal Employment Team can support you throughout the application process, to give you advice and continue to develop your skills once you start your role.

We also have a dedicated Aboriginal Staff Network with over 100 members. The network gives peer support, state-wide networking and career development opportunities for all of our Aboriginal staff.

We are committed to creating a culturally diverse workplace and make time to celebrate significant Aboriginal events and dates across the department, such as Reconciliation Week, NAIDOC Week and Sorry Day. We also deliver an engaging Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Program for all staff across the department.

To find out more, contact our Aboriginal Employment Team on 03 8684 1751 or email (External link)


Due to the physical demands of the role, you must maintain a healthy fitness level to ensure you can do the job safely and without putting yourself at risk.

To find out how your current fitness levels match up and the best ways to prepare for our health and fitness tests, check out our health self-assessment (External link).

COVID vaccination requirements

Prior to your commencement with the department, you will need to provide evidence that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Acceptable evidence includes either:

  • COVID-19 digital certificate (available via your myGov account)
  • your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account)
  • a letter from the GP who vaccinated you.

Working with Children Check

All applicants for youth justice worker roles are required to apply and pay for a Victorian Working with Children Check (WWCC) or produce a current WWCC card before receiving a job offer. A receipt payment for application or a valid WWCC card is required.

For more information on the WWCC, please:

All applicants for youth justice worker roles are required to apply and pay for a Victorian Working with Children Check (WWCC) or produce a current WWCC card before receiving a job offer. You will have the opportunity to do this as your application progresses.

For more information on the WWCC, please visit (External link) or call the information line on 1300 652 879.

Driving licence

A driver's licence is desirable but not required.

People with a criminal record

If you have prior convictions and/or offences, we strongly encourage you to disclose this information before submitting your application. If you have any questions about your offence history, please contact our recruitment team at (External link)

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Learn more about becoming a youth justice worker

We regularly hold information sessions for intakes at Malmsbury Youth Justice Precinct and Parkville Youth Justice Precinct.

You can learn more about youth justice, the role of a youth justice worker and hear from current staff.

View upcoming sessions