NSW Government Department of Communities and Justice

Aboriginal Youth Justice Caseworker –

Armidale & Moree Youth Justice Community Office,

Youth Justice

  • 1 x Ongoing, Full time based in Armidale
  • 1 x Ongoing, Full time based in Moree
  • Clerk Grade 6/7, Salary ($100,011 – $109,194 pa), plus employer’s contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading

This position is open to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people only.

Information sessions available

Session 1: Thursday 1 February 2024 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm at Aboriginal Culture Centre and Keeping Place located at 96-104 Kentucky Street Armidale NSW 2350.

Session 2:
Tuesday 6 February 2024 from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm at Armidale Youth Justice Community Office – 105 Beardy Street Armidale, NSW 2350 . For those who are unable to attend face to face however would still like to participate virtually via MS Teams please contact Bruce Dennison on the contact details below.

Your role

This role is committed to improving outcomes for the benefit of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Provide front line services to young people at a Youth Justice Centre or Community Office. 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

  • Develop and maintain relationships with the Aboriginal community and key stakeholders to successfully provide and deliver front line services to young people.
  • 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
  • Regional and rural based Youth Justice Caseworkers travel larger distances to meet with clients

As an Identified role, this role is open only to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons, Australia’s First Nations people.

Where a position is identified, an applicant’s race is a genuine occupational qualification and authorised by Section 14(d) of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977.

There are two alternatives to confirming your Aboriginality, one of which must be uploaded to be considered for the role as follows. Either will be accepted:

Confirmation of Aboriginality form


Written confirmation from 2-3 Aboriginal organisations within the community in which you live/work, which addresses the three criteria listed below:

  • is of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent, and
  • identifies as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person, and
  • is accepted as a such by the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.

Download the role description.

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?

  • Youth Justice Caseworkers need to creatively use their strengths and skills to assist young people to make change. Please describe how you have used your strengths and skills to deliver good practice service to a client and assisted them on their journey of change.

  • Youth Justice is committed to initiatives which assist in reducing reoffending in Aboriginal young people. Discuss how you have contributed to best outcomes for the Aboriginal community through your work.

Applications close Sunday 18 February 2024 at 11:59pm AEST.

Got a question?

For more information about the role or what it’s like to work for DCJ, please contact the hiring managers

  • Armidale – Bruce Dennison Assistant Manager at Bruce.Dennison @dcj.nsw.gov.au or via 0429 300 335
  • Moree – Bernadette Terry Area Manager at Bernadette.terry@justice.nsw.gov.au or via 0411 160 762

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 Lisa.smith3@dcj.nsw.gov.au

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 and advice on applying for roles at DCJ, visit Careers for Aboriginal people https://www.dcj.nsw.gov.au/about-us/careers-at-dcj/pathways/careers-for-aboriginal-people.html

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

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