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How to apply for a role in Youth Justice

Youth Justice recruits staff who want to make a positive difference in the lives of young people and people affected by crime. To begin your career with us, visit Smart jobs to view our current vacancies.

How to apply

To apply, you will need to set up a Smart jobs account. You can also set up a job search alert so vacancies will be emailed to you when they are advertised.

To find our vacancies use the following criteria when you search:

  • Justice and Attorney-General (department)
  • youth justice (keyword)

Preparing your application

Attached to the job advertisement is a role description and ‘Information for applicants’ document. These documents include important information about the role responsibilities, key attributes, mandatory requirements and the recruitment process.

The ‘Interested in applying?’ section of the role description will tell you what you need to include in your application. Every advertisement includes the details of a person you can contact for further information about the job.

Check that you meet the mandatory requirements to apply for the role. Some roles have specific requirements, including:

  • a Blue Card
  • the contact details of two referees
  • a driver’s licence
  • specific qualifications or completed units of study.

Note: If you do not have a degree that is listed in the role description, you will need to provide documentation about your completed units of study.

Written application

When you are ready to apply online, open the job advertisement and click ‘Apply online’. Log in to your Smartjobs account, or register an account and follow the instructions.

If you can’t apply for the job online or have difficulties with the website, please phone the Applications Processing Team on (07) 3021 5465 or (07) 3021 5450 between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

The recruitment process

After the application closing date, a recruitment panel of 2 or 3 people will assesses all applications and select a shortlist for further assessment.


The shortlisted applicants will be asked to complete further assessment that shows their knowledge, skills and values.

This could be an interview, a work-based activity or a presentation. The detention youth worker assessment process includes fitness, medical, ability and profiling tests.

After the assessment, we will rank applicants on how well they are suited to the role. When we complete the recruitment process, you will be notified about  the outcome. If you are not successful, you can contact the person listed on the job advertisement for feedback.

Employment screening

We may perform criminal history checks on applicants before we consider employing them.

We will contact your referees and ask them to confirm the information you have given us. In some cases, one of your referees must be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person who is recognised and accepted in their community.

Last reviewed
19 May 2017
Last updated
19 May 2017
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