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Careers in Youth Justice

A career in Youth Justice offers professional development, career progression and fulfilling work in a variety of roles across Queensland.

We develop evidence-based initiatives to improve outcomes for young people in the justice system. Our staff share our values by:

  • making a positive difference in the lives of young people by reducing the risk of them offending or reoffending
  • working respectfully with young people, their families, victims and the broader community
  • applying their knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture to their work.

We are committed to creating a culturally capable workforce by:

  • providing career development opportunities within Youth Justice
  • recruiting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff
  • creating employment pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff
  • building Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural capability in all staff.

Youth detention centres

Youth detention centres deliver support and programs to young people who are serving a custodial sentence or have been refused bail by a court.

Career opportunities for frontline service delivery include:

Youth justice service centres

Youth justice service centres deliver a variety of intervention services to young people.

Career opportunities for frontline service delivery include:

We also offer a variety of specialist roles that provide service support to frontline delivery staff. These roles include:

  • learning and development
  • workforce development
  • administration support
  • practice support
  • systems support
  • project management
  • policy writing
  • program design
  • research and evaluation.

Opportunities for university graduates

If you have completed a postgraduate qualification in social work, behavioural sciences, social science or criminology, consider joining our casework team.

Caseworkers have direct influence in shaping a positive future for young people in detention or in your community.

Caseworker roles start at classification level PO2 for a graduate and a departmental progression program supports career development by allowing experienced caseworkers to progress to classification level PO3 when they have met the eligibility criteria.

We may accept other degrees if you have completed 6 units of study from relevant areas. Find out more about the desired qualifications and skills  of a Youth Justice caseworker.

If your degree was issued outside of Australia, you will need to have your qualification recognised. Visit the Department of Education and Training for more information about this process.

Student placements

Youth Justice does not have a centralised student placement program, however if you would like to complete your student placement with Youth Justice, please contact your preferred Youth Justice Service Centre.

Last reviewed
19 May 2017
Last updated
18 January 2018
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