NSW Government Department of Communities and Justice

Psychologist –

Tamworth / Armidale Youth Justice Community Office,

Youth Justice

  • 1 x Ongoing, Full time
  • Location: Armidale / Tamworth (role can be based at any of these locations)
  • Psychologist, Salary ($74,302 – $130,530 pa), plus employer’s contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading

The Department of Communities and Justice acknowledges lived experience and how it contributes to the valuable work we do with the community.

We strongly encourage and support applications from people who are of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait islander descent. 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.

Your role

Youth Justice is looking for an innovative and dynamic Youth Justice Psychologist to service both their Tamworth & Armidale Youth Justice Community Offices.

  • Operate as a member of a multi-disciplinary team, delivering psychological assessment, intervention, and therapeutic services.

  • Provide a consultancy service to staff regarding the psychological needs of Youth Justice clients within custodial and community locations, as well as advice to statutory authorities such as the Parole Board.

What you’ll do

  • Undertake psychological assessment, intervention, and deliver therapeutic services or programs to young people who offend, including those who sexually offend.
  • Assist in the formulation and review of individual Risk – Needs – Responsivity based case plans for the management and supervision of young people on remand or sentenced to a custodial or community order.
  • Deliver training to staff, including Youth Justice Caseworkers, in the screening, identification and support of young people with mental health problems, intellectual disability or cognitive impairment.
  • Maintain confidential documentation, including electronic Case Notes on Client Information Management System, in accordance with departmental policies, APS guidelines on record keeping and professional ethics.
  • Prepare reports, advice, and consultation to statutory authorities such as Children’s Courts, the Serious Young Offenders Review Panel, State Parole Authority, and Mental Health Review Tribunal.
  • Be dynamic and able to think on their feet.
  • Responsive to individual needs and situations.

You will be part of a team of Youth Justice Psychologists reporting to a Clinical Manager, providing psychological support to the varied units within Armidale & Tamworth Community Offices.

What we’re looking for

  • Minimum four-year accredited qualification in psychology
  • Current provisional or full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia:
  • A current Drivers’ Licence with ability and willingness to travel throughout NSW
  • Current NSW Working with Children Check clearance.

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?

Applications close
7 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 manager Dr Michael Gathercole – Acting Professional development Psychologist on 02 6643 0026 or via Email: michael.gathercole@dcj.nsw.gov.au

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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