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Youth Workers - Custodial Youth Justice - Deloraine

Department for Education, Children and Young People

Support young people to find their full potential as a Youth Worker at Ashley Youth Detention Centre.

The Department for Education, Children and Young People is proudly Tasmanian Government’s core child-centred agency. This means everything we do is to support children, young people and their families.

Our Custodial Youth Justice team supports young people in a safe and secure custodial environment at Ashley Youth Detention Centre in Deloraine, Northern Tasmania.

As a Youth Worker, this is your opportunity to make a difference. To build a better, positive future for young people in a custodial environment. To help get their lives back on track, so they can participate fully on their return to community.

*For commencement in mid-September 2024

Who we’re looking for

Although a Certificate IV in Youth or Community Services helps, we’re really after the right people.

Our staff come from many different walks of life and bring value every day. We’re looking for people with life skills, who can communicate well and stay calm under pressure.

This work is not without its challenges. You will be working with young people who are highly vulnerable, most from traumatic backgrounds. It takes resilience, patience and passion. It’s rewarding work, turning lives around.

You will need to:

  • have genuine motivation to support vulnerable young people to build positive futures
  • provide daily structure, care and supervision to young people
  • motivate young people to set goals, make better choices, and develop life skills
  • build positive and professional relationships with young people
  • be part of a team that promotes learning, fun and personal development
  • manage challenging and, at times, aggressive behaviour using therapeutic and trauma-informed practices.

Please see the Statement of Duties for details.

What is custodial youth justice?

In Tasmania, Ashley Youth Detention Centre supports young people who have offended. It’s a 24-hour residential youth justice service.

This safe and secure facility is located in Deloraine, Northern Tasmania – a quaint country town approximately 40 minutes’ drive from Launceston. Anywhere in Tasmania, you’re guaranteed a strong sense of community and great lifestyle close to nature.

At Ashley, our approach is collaborative and we use trauma-informed practice. Youth Workers receive comprehensive training when they start with us.

Youth Workers provide ongoing care, support and supervision of these young people. Importantly, they also engage young people in programs and activities that promote self-growth; preparing them for opportunities beyond Ashley. It’s about maximising their potential while at Ashley, to maximise their participation on return to community.

What we’re offering

  • Starting salary is $79,529 up to $91,517 per annum.
  • An additional 6.5% Corrections Allowance, and generous penalty and overtime rates.
  • 11.5% superannuation and are provided with future opportunities to progress.
  • Ongoing access to supports and supervision.
  • Career progression pathways and professional development.
  • An opportunity to make a positive difference for Tasmanian young people.
  • This is a General Stream Band 4, under the Health and Human Services (Tasmanian State Service) Award.
  • This is a shift-based role and includes weekend and night work.

For more information about the benefits we’re offering, visit our Youth justice careers webpage.

Essential requirements

You will be required to:

  • hold a current Registration to work with vulnerable people
  • undergo psychological testing prior to the interview
  • undergo physical fitness suitability after the interview
  • consent to an independent medical assessment to confirm your suitability for this role
  • meet pre-employment checks including conviction checks.

If successful, you must be available to complete six weeks of full-time, paid induction training.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit an application form, resume and written statement answering:

  • What has interested or motivated you to apply for this role?
  • What skills, knowledge or attributes are needed to make you a good Youth Worker?

We strongly encourage all applicants to talk to our contact officer for an overview of the role.

Applicant Guide

Youth Worker - Custodial Youth Justice - Application Process.

Contact us for more information

Name: Brad Powe

Email: [email protected].

Phone: 03 6362 2311

For support in submitting your application, and adjustment requests, please email [email protected], using the subject line: Youth Workers - Custodial Youth Justice enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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