Youth Justice Caseworker – Frank Baxter Youth Justice Centre, Youth Justice Department of Communities and Justice


Company description:

Department of Communities and Justice

Job description:

Youth Justice Caseworker – Frank Baxter Youth Justice


Youth Justice

  • 2 x Ongoing, Full time
  • Location: Kariong
  • Clerk Grade 6/7, Salary ($100,011 – $109,194 pa), plus employer’s contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading

This is a targeted recruitment. While all applicants are welcome, preference will be given to candidates who meet the established standards of the role and are of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait islander descent. This is because the Department acknowledges this lived experience contributes a perspective valuable to our work with this community.

Your role

Provide front line services to young people at Frank Baxter Youth Justice Centre. This involves providing a range of quality externally and internally sourced services to detainees, youth justice conferencing clients, victims of crime and court mandated young people and their families. The role is part of a multi-disciplined team that aims to reduce re-offending of young people, enhance their functioning and support reintegration into their families and the community

What you’ll do

As part of the Frank Baxter Youth Justice Centre team, you will

  • Undertake case management activities that target appropriate areas of need/risk to the young person re-offending. This includes case planning, organising and facilitating case conferences and delivering offence focused intervention programs to young people.
  • Work collaboratively with Youth Justice staff such as other YJ Caseworkers, Youth Officers and Psychologists, along with a range of government and non-government stakeholders to connect young people to services appropriate to their individual case plan and monitor the progress of the young person.
  • Work closely with courts, parole authorities, review panels and legal professionals and provide clear and concise advice, briefings, reports and other formal written communication for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Use detailed structured screening and assessment tools to identify the risks and needs of young people and determine the level and types of interventions/programs required, including family and crisis interventions.
  • Monitor outcome plans and case plans for compliance and progress in line with required operational standards and take appropriate actions.
  • Maintain accurate records and data integrity of relevant information systems to ensure accurate, up to date client information is available to support effective case management, planning, decision making and quality assurance.
  • Provide young people and their families with the tools, information and support to create positive change in their lives and contribute more productively within their community.
  • Contribute to the therapeutic nature of Youth Justice services including behaviour management of young people and reflective practice with staff
  • Adapt to changes and comply with Departmental policies, procedures, standards and best practice guidelines.

What we’re looking for

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications (diploma or higher) in social work, welfare, psychology, criminology, education or related field or equivalent experience.
  • Current NSW Working with Children Clearance
  • Current Driver’s Licence

Download the role description.

We focus on hiring people who share our commitment and goals of inclusion, collaboration, adaptability, courage and integrity. If you meet the essential requirements and the role resonates with you, please apply – you do not need to meet every desired requirement for us to want to talk to you.

We do work that really matters

Working for the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) provides lots of opportunities to make a real difference. We collaborate with other agencies and community partners, to improve lives and realise the potential of children, adults, families and communities. We’re focused on breaking, rather than managing, disadvantage. It’s work that really matters.

Apply now and join Australia’s top public sector employer where we will support you and provide an exciting and flexible working environment!

Are you ready to join us?

Click apply, attach an up-to-date résumé (maximum 5 pages) and a cover letter (maximum 3 pages) addressing the 2 targeted questions below with a brief outline on how you meet the requirements of the role:

  • Please describe some of the challenges you have encountered in communicating with vulnerable young people and families in previous roles. Outline some of the strategies and resources you utilised to overcome these challenges.
  • What do you believe to be essential in delivering high quality client centred services within a youth justice context?

Applications close Sunday 5 November 2023 at 11.59 pm

Got a question?

For more information about the role or what it’s like to work for DCJ, please contact the hiring manager David Lowe via [email protected]

If you’ve got a question about applying or would benefit from an adjustment in the recruitment process to help you perform at your best, please call Lisa Smith on 02 8688 1119 or via [email protected]

Visit Recruitment adjustments on the DCJ website to learn more.

Inclusion and Diversity lies at the heart of how we recruit

We continue to hire great people with a wide variety of skills, experience and backgrounds. This includes people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people identifying as LGBTIQ+, culturally and linguistically diverse people, carers and other diversity groups.

To find out what DCJ are doing to build an inclusive and diverse workforce, visit Inclusion and diversity on the DCJ website.

Other Information

A talent pool may be created for future ongoing and temporary roles and is valid for a period of up to 18 months.

For more information visit Your recruitment journey on the DCJ website.

Thank you for your interest in this role. We look forward to receiving your application.

Profile description:

The Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) is the lead agency under the Stronger Communities Cluster. DCJ works to enable everyone’s right to access justice and help for families through early intervention and inclusion, with benefits for the whole community. Stronger Communities is focussed on achieving safe, just, inclusive and resilient communities by providing services that are effective and responsive to community needs.



Department of Communities and Justice

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Full time