Department of Communities and Justice

Casual Youth Officer– Orana Youth Justice Centre (Dubbo)

  • Casual shift work covering 24/7
  • Paid training and development
  • Casual rate of $34.33p/hr, superannuation and shift loading
  • This intake is for February 2022 onward
  • Applications close on 24 October 2021 at 11:59pm

Who we’re looking for

We are seeking people with life skills who can communicate well, remain calm under pressure and want to help young offenders make better choices. The roles include positive leadership and supervision while assisting in the care, development and security of young people in custody in NSW.

About Youth Justice NSW

Youth Justice NSW is a division of the Department of Communities and Justice within the Stronger Communities NSW cluster. Formerly known as Juvenile Justice, Youth Justice NSW supervises and provides custodial and community-based services for young offenders under the Children (Detention Centres) Act, 1987. There are six Youth Justice centres across NSW which accommodate young offenders and offer health, educational and spiritual services – including individual case management, specialised counselling, and training in job and living skills. There are also 34 Youth Justice community offices that provide community-based intervention for young people who are at risk of reoffending. Youth Justice NSW aims to work with young people to reduce their reoffending, rehabilitate and return them to society.

About Orana Youth Justice Centre

Orana Youth Justice Centre is one of six Youth Justice centres across NSW.  Opened in December 1999, Orana Youth Justice Centre is located in Dubbo and has a capacity of 30 young people. The centre accommodates males, mainly from the Central and Far West areas of NSW, who are on control orders or remanded in custody. Youth Officers working at Orana provide supervision to young people in custody aged between 10-21 years, who are some of the most vulnerable people in the state. Many of these young people come from traumatic backgrounds and can display unpredictable behaviour. The centre also offers a range of health, educational and spiritual services to the young people, including individual case management, specialised counselling, and training in job and living skills.

About the role

Youth Officers supervise and work with young people in Youth Justice Centres across NSW. It is a shift-work based role which includes night shifts and weekend work. Youth Officers are frontline staff and work within the secure residential units of a Youth Justice Centre.

The role offers:

  • A culturally diverse workplace with equal opportunity
  • Access to staff benefits
  • Supportive team environment
  • 5 weeks of full-time training to prepare you for entry-level duties
  • A job that gives back to the community
  • Help young people reintegrate back into society

As a Youth Officer you will:

  • Supervise young people in custody and ensure all their needs such as health, hygiene and wellbeing are met on a daily basis
  • Respond to challenging situations
  • Maintain a safe and secure environment for the young people and staff within the centre
  • Proactively avert risk and solve problems
  • Be a role positive role model who is willing to reinforce boundaries
  • Work in accordance with relevant department legislation, policies and procedures
  • Follow a structured routine and help young people adjust to the routine by role modelling and demonstrating expectations
  • Communicate well and find common ground with others
  • Remain calm in high pressure situations
  • Be energetic and enjoy working as part of a team
  • Be willing to facilitate and participate in programs  to develop the skills of young people
  • Be confident in managing conflict in a high pressure and fast paced environment
  • Be resilient and flexible in your approach to working with others

Requirements of the role

  • Covid-19 Safety: As a result of a Department of Communities and Justice risk assessment Youth Justice has concluded that mandatory vaccination is essential for managing of ongoing risk within our Youth Justice Centres and Youth Justice Community workplaces. It will be a requirement for all those working in Youth Justice Centres to have had their first vaccination by 25 October and the second by 17 January 2022. If you are considering a Youth Officer role you will need to advise your vaccination status and be able to demonstrate that you have been fully vaccinated prior to commencement in the role as part of your commitment to our desire to keep you, our staff and the young people in our care safe.
  • Possession or willingness to obtain the ‘Provide First Aid Certificate’ (HLTAID003)
  • Possession of a minimum Provisional 2 NSW Driver’s licence
  • NSW Working with Children Check Clearance
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • National Background Police Check
  • Medical and Fitness Assessment to determine that you are fit to safely carry out the duties of the role without significant risk to yourself or others
  • Availability to complete 5 weeks of full-time training to prepare you for entry level duties – the Induction Training and Assessment Program (ITAP). The next intake will be in February 2022.
  • You must pass the assessments during these initial 5 weeks of full-time training to be declared as ready for entry-level duties

How to apply

For your application to be considered, you must:

  • Ensure that you have read the Role Description
  • Check that you are able to meet the requirements for the role listed above
  • Click the ‘apply’ button to submit your application
  • Ensure you answer all the pre-screening questions
  • Attach the following –
  • An updated resume of no more than three (3) pages which clearly details your skills and experience as relevant to the position.
  • A cover letter of no more than one (1) page introducing yourself and explaining your interest in the role.

Key Dates

  • Closing Date for applications is Sunday 24 October 2021 at 11:59PM
  • You may then be invited to participate in an interview and assessment process which will be held this year.

A talent pool may also be created from this recruitment, valid for a period of up to 18 months.

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.