Youth Justice Officer

The aim of Youth Justice Services is to work with young people who offend and their families to create safer homes and communities.

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The aim of Youth Justice Services is to work with young people who offend and their families to create safer homes and communities.

Youth Justice Officers contribute to community safety by making a positive difference to the lives of young people who offend. You'll be working from community-based centres, Banksia Hill Detention Centre and the courts.

The role

The role of a Youth Justice Officer is challenging, complex and can be confronting. Young people who come into contact with the justice system often present with complex needs and special requirements. At times it can be difficult to help young people make positive changes that will assist them to stop offending. You will need to have the ability to engage with difficult young people and their families in a community, custodial and home environment in a culturally appropriate manner.

Your life experience, knowledge, skills and knowing when to be persistent will assist when dealing with young people in this role.

Youth Justice Officers supervise young people in the community who are involved in the justice system. You will be required to meet with the young person regularly to help them adopt law-abiding lifestyles and to comply with court and supervised release orders.

The Youth Justice Officer role undertakes risk/needs assessments, provides advice and reports to the Courts and releasing authorities, based on your assessment and analysis of the young person’s offending behaviour.

Managing young people will require you to use appropriate counselling, develop intervention plans and work together with other government and non-government services and treatment programs. You will need to be focused on the young person and assist them and their family to engage with the Courts and treatment programs.

The benefits

Our Youth Justice Officers enjoy a range of great benefits including:

  • employment security
  • flexible working conditions
  • generous leave entitlements including:
    • 4 weeks annual leave plus 17.5% leave loading
    • personal leave
    • parental leave (up to 14 weeks)
    • study leave
    • long service leave after 7 years
    • purchased leave
  • competitive base-grade salary: $81,452 - $85,797 per annum plus 10% superannuation
  • regional incentives (depending on the location)
  • career development opportunities.

Recruitment and selection process

The Department of Justice is currently accepting applications for Youth Justice Officers across Western Australia.  If you are interested in applying, we have provided some information and guidelines in the job advert to help you along with your job application and to provide you with every chance of success. Review the job advert and lodge your job application now on Jobs WA.

The selection process typically incorporates the following assessments:

  • written application
  • psychometric testing
  • selection panel interview
  • criminal history and integrity screening (this is undertaken by the Department - applicants are not required to obtain a police clearance)
  • reference checks
  • psychological interview (if required)
  • any other assessments or checks noted in the job advertisement.

We are not currently accepting applications for this role, however to be notified when applications open, register your interest.


To be eligible for permanent appointment as a Youth Justice Officer, you will need to:

  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or have Australian permanent residency status
  • receive clearance through a National Criminal History check and the Department’s Integrity Assessment
  • successfully completion of all relevant pre-employment assessments. This may include psychological testing
  • possess a current C-Class car Driver’s Licence
  • possess or have an ability to successfully obtain a Working with Children Check as per Working with Children Act 2004 (WWC Act)
  • provide any other selection assessments as determined by the Department.

At the time of application, refer to the relevant job advertisement for further eligibility requirements.


If you are offered a position you must be prepared to travel to the Department's Training Academy located in Bentley in the Perth metropolitan area, to attend training on a regular basis. Trainees from regional work locations will not be required to pay for travel or accommodation during this mandatory training at the Bentley Academy.

The Correctional Officers Foundation Program (COFP) is a full-time course. It incorporates 9 months of mixed periods of off-the-job at the Academy and on-the-job training at your centre.

Written and practical assessments are conducted during this period. This training is linked to the nationally accredited qualification CSC30120 Certificate III in Correctional Practice (Community). This certificate is a mandatory requirement to work as a Youth Justice Officer.

Page reviewed 24 November 2021