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Opportunities in rural and remote areas

Youth Justice services are provided to young people and their families throughout Queensland.

Service centres are located in metropolitan, regional and rural locations. Services are also delivered to remote locations through an outpost or fly-in-fly-out service.

Working in rural Queensland

Rural and remote work provides unique experiences as you become involved in community life and learn about different community traditions and cultures.

It will help you build skills, knowledge and confidence as working in smaller communities may require you to step up and face new challenges.

Highlights of working in rural Queensland

Our staff say that highlights of working in rural and remote communities include:

  • exploring new areas of Australia
  • learning about and making a difference in the local community
  • a short commute to work and usually on-site parking
  • developing community engagement skills
  • having some of the most spectacular scenery in the world on your doorstep
  • travelling to other areas within the region as part of your role.

Staff work in smaller teams, which allow them to:

  • gain a greater breadth of experience take on challenges
  • develop leadership and problem-solving skills.

Benefits of working in rural Queensland

Staff working in certain rural and remote locations may be eligible to receive:

  • one week of additional leave each year
  • travel assistance to certain centres for personal business
  • subsided housing arrangements and financial incentives.

Far North and North Queensland

The Far North and North Queensland region covers an area approximately 420,000 square kilomertres, stretching from Bowen to the most northerly point of Australia and the Torres Strait Islands. It includes the Gulf of Carpentaria and Mornington Island, and extends west to the Queensland border beyond Mt Isa.  Far North and North Queensland Region covers approximately one-third of Queensland's land mass.

Youth Justice services are delivered from:

  • Cairns
  • North Queensland Rural
  • North Queensland Remote
  • Tablelands and Cassowary Coast
  • Townsville

Mt Isa

Mount Isa is a major service centre for North West Queensland. The city covers an area of over 43,310 square kilometres with a population of approximately 21,000. 22% of the population identify as Aboriginal peoples or Torres Strait Islanders.

The Youth Justice Service Centre in Mt Isa employs caseworkers, youth workers, court coordinators, program staff and administration staff. We also operate a restorative justice service. Our leadership team includes supervisors and a centre manager.

Youth Justice staff who work in Mt Isa enjoy a short commute to work and a relaxed lifestyle. Staff travel around the area for work, where they attend court or visit young people in their communities. Youth Justice staff in Mt Isa might visit young people living in:

  • Gulf of Carpentaria
  • Normanton
  • Doomadgee
  • Mornington Island
  • Cloncurry
  • Urandangi

Staff who begin their career in Mt Isa gain experience working with young people from a range of backgrounds. Experienced staff, who have spent their whole career working in Mt Isa, are able to provide support to newcomers.

Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders in the Mt Isa community help new staff to learn the history of the area and work with them to support local young people.

Youth Justice staff have been welcomed into the Mt Isa community and enjoy the range of social events, sporting and community clubs that Mt Isa offers, including the largest rodeo in the Southern hemisphere. There are plenty of schools for children, and they have had family holidays exploring parts of the outback that they may not have otherwise done.

Atherton and Tablelands

The Atherton Tablelands are located an hour from Cairns. Atherton has a population of approximately 10,000 people. 7.1% of residents identify as Aboriginal peoples or Torres Strait Islanders. The median age is 42 years.

The Youth Justice Service Centre in Atherton employs caseworkers, youth workers, indigenous service support officer, court coordinator, program staff and administration staff. Our leadership team includes supervisors and a centre manager.

Remote Youth Justice service

The Remote Youth Justice Service Centre and Far North Queensland Youth Justice Conferencing provide services through a fly-in-fly-out model that is unique for Youth Justice in Queensland.

These services include court work, case management, youth justice conferencing, program delivery and supervision of community service.

We service mainland communities in Cape York and island communities in the Torres Strait region.

The distance between the remote communities we service presents some logistical challenges in providing services. In the wet season, unsealed roads of some isolated communities are closed.

Central Queensland

The Central Queensland region covers an area of over 460,000²km, comprising of the major regional centres of Gladstone, Rockhampton, Hervey Bay, Emerald and Bundaberg. It also includes the rural towns and communities in the Burnett area, such as the Indigenous community of Cherbourg.

Youth Justice Services in Central Queensland region are delivered through seven service centres:

  • Mackay
  • Rockhampton
  • Bundaberg
  • Cherbourg
  • Emerald
  • Gladstone
  • Hervey Bay

Mackay

Mackay is located on the central coast of Queensland. It has a population of 123,000 people. About 4% of its population identify as Aboriginal peoples or Torres Strait Islanders. The median age of someone living in Mackay is 35 years.

The Youth Justice Service Centre in Mackay employs caseworkers, youth workers, an indigenous service support officer, court coordinator, program staff and administration staff. We also operate a restorative justice service. Our leadership team includes supervisors and a centre manager.

Rockhampton

Rockhampton is located in central Queensland and has a population of 119,000 people. 5.5% of its population identify as Aboriginal peoples or Torres Strait Islanders. The median age of someone living in Rockhampton is 36 years.

The Youth Justice Service team in Rockhampton employs caseworkers, youth workers, an indigenous service support officer, court coordinator, program staff and administration staff. We also operate a restorative justice service. Our leadership team includes supervisors and a centre manager.

Bundaberg

Bundaberg is located in central Queensland and has a population of 88 000 people. Of the people who live in Bundaberg, 3.3% identify as Aboriginal peoples or Torres Strait Islanders. The median age in Bundaberg is 44 years.

The Youth Justice Service team in Bundaberg is an outpost that employs caseworkers, youth workers, and a court coordinator and administration staff. Our team coordinator is part of the Hervey Bay area leadership team.

Cherbourg

Cherbourg is located west of the Queensland coast and falls within the South Burnett region. Cherbourg has a population of approximately 1,200 people and the median age of residents is 23 years. The median house price is $340,000.

The Youth Justice Service team is located in nearby Murgon and employs caseworkers, youth workers, court coordinator, program staff and administration staff. We also operate a restorative justice service  from Cherbourg. Our leadership team includes supervisors and a manager.

Emerald

Emerald is located in central Queensland and has a population of 15,000 people. 3.3% of its population identify as Aboriginal peoples or Torres Strait Islanders. The median age in Emerald is 30 years.

The Emerald outpost operates from Gladstone. We employ caseworkers, a court coordinator and an administration officer. Our team leader is part of the Rockhampton leadership team.

Gladstone

Gladstone is located on the central Queensland coast. Gladstone and surrounding areas has a population of 11,000 people and 3% of residents identify as Aboriginal peoples or Torres Strait Islanders. The median age is 36 years.

The Gladstone outpost employs youth workers, caseworkers, a court coordinator and an administration officer. Our team coordinator is part of the Rockhampton leadership team.

Southern Queensland

The Southern Queensland region covers more than 25% of the landmass of Queensland. Ranging from Logan to the far west at Haddon's Corner, the region is culturally diverse, incoproating urban, regional, rural and remote communities.

The Southern Queensland Region population consisted of 850,541 people in 2011. 3.2% of its population identify as Aboriginal peoples or Torres Strait Islander.

The western regional, rural and remote areas are serviced by the service centre in Toowoomba , which also manages Roma and Charleville Youth Justice outposts.

The Southern Outlook at Boonah and Lake Perseverance centre near Crows Nest are also located in the area and provide adventure-based learning programs to young people.

Roma

Roma is located in southern Queensland and has a population of 7,000 people. 8.7% of the population identify as Aboriginal peoples or Torres Strait Islanders. The median age is 32 years.

The Roma Youth Justice Service outpost employs a youth worker, a caseworker, an indigenous service support officer and an administration officer. Our team leader is part of the Toowoomba leadership team.

Toowoomba

Toowoomba is Queensland’s largest inland city, with a population of about 105,000. Approximately 3.5% of the population identify as Aboriginal peoples or Torres Strait Islanders. The median age group of residents is 25-44 years.

The Youth Justice Service team in Toowoomba employs youth workers, caseworkers, a court coordinator, programs staff and administration officers. We also operate a restorative justice service from Toowoomba. Our leadership team includes supervisors and a centre manager.

Charleville

Charleville is located on the Warrego River approximately 600 kilometres from Toowoomba. It is the largest town in South West Queensland. Charleville is accessed by road, train or plane and is home to just over 4600 people. The median age is 36.4 years with 11.5% of the population being Aboriginal peoples or Torres Strait Islanders.

The Charleville outpost employs youth workers, a caseworker and a program officer.

Last reviewed
19 May 2017
Last updated
19 May 2017
 
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