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Principal Training Centre Advocate

Office of the Guardian for Children and Young People

The Training Centre Visitor (TCV) is an independent statutory officer that promotes and protects the interests and rights of children and young people who are sentenced or remanded to detention in a youth training centre in South Australia. The functions and powers of the TCV are set out in section 14 of the Youth Justice Administration Act 2016 (the Act).

The TCV role operates from the Office of the Guardian for Children and Young People (OGCYP). The Guardian also holds the position of Training Centre Visitor. The Principal Training Centre Advocate (PTCA) supports the TCV to fulfil the TCV’s functions under the Act by:

  • managing a visiting and advocacy program for the children and young people in the Kurlana Tapa Youth Justice Centre (KTYJC),
  • supporting the operation of the National Preventive Mechanism OPCAT monitoring function (including inspections), and
  • assisting the TCV to inquire into, investigate and advocate in relation to systemic issues and reform.

The PTCA will be required to engage with and consult the children and young people in KTYJC and develop and maintain effective relationships with KTYJC management and staff and other government and non-government stakeholders. The PTCA is responsible for supervising Training Centre Advocate(s), developing and implementing appropriate TCV policies and operational guidelines and managing and reporting on the evaluation of the Training Centre Visitor program. The PTCA must enable and oversee advocacy for KTYJC residents and integrate this advocacy with other general operations and functions of the OGCYP, as well as developing recommendations for constructive systemic change.


Desirable - Tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline eg youth justice, social work, psychology, social sciences, law, public policy or government.

Special Conditions

This is a 12 month contract, commencing in January 2022.

The successful applicant is required to gain a Department for Human Services (DHS) working with children check (WWCC) prior to being employed which is required to be renewed every five years before expiry.

The incumbent will be required to undertake RRHAN –EC (Responding to Risks of Harm, Abuse and Neglect - Education Care) Facilitator Lead (Masterclass) extended course or the online (Fundamentals) course which will be required to be updated every three years.

For all other Special Conditions please refer to the Role Description.


Applicants are required to submit a CV, the Application Cover Sheet, Employment Declaration, and a written statement addressing the key selection criteria outlined in the Role Description. Applicants should include the name, address and contact number of three (3) referees, one being a current line manager.


ASO8: $114,105 - $118,413 pa


Enquiries may be addressed to Alan Fairley, Principal Policy Officer, on 8226 8570 or email: Alan.Fairley@sa.gov.au, using the subject line: Principal Training Centre Advocate enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Application Instruction

Applications must be submitted online via I Work for SA website, through the Apply Now button below.

Flexibility Statement

The South Australian public sector promotes diversity and flexible ways of working including part-time. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the flexible working arrangements for this role.

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