Corrective Services NSW

Make the move to a rewarding career with Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) and be part of a refreshed strategy aimed at breaking the cycle of reoffending.


About the Location

Situated less than an hour from vibrant regional city Dubbo, Macquarie Correctional Centre is located in Wellington, NSW. With famous caves, colonial heritage, tranquil gardens and a beautiful lake, Wellington is a place for all ages! The Psychologist role at Macquarie involves working within a multi-disciplinary team in a therapeutic environment providing psychological services to inmates. A unique environment within the corrective services setting, Macquarie Correctional Centre provides an opportunity for staff to make a real difference in the lives of offenders and support a rehabilitative culture.


About the Role

Psychologists work directly with offenders in custody. Our Psychologists are highly valued and essential members of the team who work hard to make a difference and provide opportunities to assist offenders in reducing the risk of re-offending. Our team doesn’t stop there! Our Psychologists assist in the development of policies, procedures, and training for other psychologists and often liaise and negotiate with stakeholders.


We are seeking full-time ongoing Psychologists to join our team.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Delivering assessments and interventions to people who offend.
  • Providing expert consultation to staff regarding offender mental health and risk management (including sexual and violent offender assessment).
  • Maintaining concise documents and notes on offenders receiving psychological services and programs.
  • Preparing reports, advice and consultation to courts as directed.
  • Attending professional development and networking opportunities including the annual Psychological Conference.

Interested so far? We invite you to read on further about our multidisciplinary teams:

  1. Click here to view information about Statewide Services.
  2. Click here to read the Compendium of Offender Change Programs.

For more information please click here to view the role description.
To apply for this role, submit a resume and cover letter introducing yourself and detailing your skills and experience relevant to this role. Please answer the questions that form part of the application process.
As a Registered Psychologist, we can offer:

  • Full-time employment opportunities.
  • Part-time opportunities to be considered.
  • Stability and flexibility in this role.
  • Support and promote work/life balance.
  • Salary commencing at $69,681 to $122,413 pa

Working Hours and Training:

  • 35 hour week with flexible working arrangements.
  • Networking opportunities including annual Psychological Conference.
  • Training in sexual and violence risk assessments.

Essential requirements:

  • You must be able to demonstrate experience in assessment and treatment in correctional psychology including mental health, cognitive impairment, and with respect to behaviour management.
  • You must have a minimum 4-year accredited qualification in psychology with current provisional or general registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.
  • You must have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the psychologist’s ethical and legal obligations and professional accountability.
  • Current driver’s licence with ability and willingness to travel.
  • Please note that pre-provisional psychologists are not eligible to apply.

Closing date: 10th July 2022, please note closing date is subject to change.
It is an essential requirement of the role that successful applicants must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 prior to commencing employment.
For further information about the role please contact Tahnee Liewes on tahnee.liewes@justice.nsw.gov.au.
Talent Pools

If your application is successful and you pass all pre-employment checks, your application will be placed into a talent pool. When a vacancy arises in your preferred location, the talent pool will be activated and offers of employment will be based on date of application, location preference, capabilities, knowledge and experience. A talent pool may be created for future temporary and ongoing roles and is valid for a period of up to 18 months.


To ensure recruitment at the Department of Communities and Justice continues without interruption, some interviews and assessments may be performed using alternative methods. This may include video interviewing, telephone interviewing and online assessments. If you are successful following review of your application, you may need to perform assessments and/or interviews via online platforms using a PC, laptop or smart phone.
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+ and other diversity groups.
If you require an adjustment within the recruitment process, please contact sarah.farrow@justice.nsw.gov.au  and advise us of your preferred method of communication.

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