Youth Worker Custodial Justice Fixed Term and Relief Employment Register

Department for Education, Children and Young People

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Health and Human Services Tasmanian State Service Award - General Stream Band 4


$79,529 to $91,517 per annum

Employment type:

Fixed-term, flexible


North, South, North West, Statewide

Job description:

We work in collaboration, using trauma informed practice, to maximise a young person’s potential and participation on return to the community.

From 3 October 2022, Department of Education has joined with colleagues in the Department of Communities to form the Department for Education, Children and Young People.

This is a Department built entirely for children and young people and their communities.  Our ultimate goal is to work together to ensure that every child and young person in Tasmania is known, safe, well and learning.

The child is at the centre of everything we do and the way we do it.

In the short term, you may still see references to Department of Communities and Department of Education as we transition.  We are working together to build our strategy and our culture and values.  This work will be continuing into 2023, and we want all staff to be involved in this.

It's an important time to join a dynamic new department.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Salary: $72,887 to $84,041 pro rata per annum (paid as hourly rate) + 11% Superannuation + 6.5% Correctional Allowance + Shift Work allowances
  • Classification: General Stream Band 4
  • Award/Agreement: Health and Human Services (Tasmanian State Service) Award
  • Location: North – Ashley Youth Detention Centre, Deloraine
  • Hours of Work: Fixed-term casual (relief) work starting ASAP for a period of up to 12 months

Please note: The Register is reviewed on a regular, as required, basis to determine suitability against the duties. You will be notified of the outcome of your suitability and contacted should a fixed-term vacancy arise. Registers are NOT a vacancy, they are used to fill short, urgent, fixed-term vacancies to ensure business continuity. Suitable applicants will be required to complete training and induction on site, prior to your first shift. Suitability does NOT guarantee any offer of employment will be made. This Register does not preclude other Youth Worker positions from being advertised.

About the Team

Children, Youth and Families (CYF) provides integrated programs that support all children, young people, and their families in Tasmania. Youth Justice Services includes Ashley Youth Detention Centre (AYDC) which provides 24-hour residential youth justice services.

We work in collaboration, using trauma informed practice, to maximise a young person’s potential and participation on return to the community.

About You

In addition to meeting the essential requirements, to succeed long term in this role you should possess the following skills and attributes:

  • Genuine motivation to work with, lead and provide direction to vulnerable young people
  • Experience or knowledge of, providing high quality support, care, and supervision of young people
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with young people, professional staff, families, and community
  • The ability to manage difficult and sometimes aggressive behaviour, to de-escalate and maintain professionalism in the face of aggressive behaviour
  • Align to our workplace values; Kind, Connected, Committed, Respectful

Duties Include:

  • Working as part of a team to motivate and engage young people in programs and activities that promote learning, fun and personal development. 
  • Provide high quality care, support, and supervision for young people consistent with legislative requirements, Agency policies and operating procedures. 
  • Establish positive and professional relationships with young people, within the context of a therapeutic, and trauma informed model of care. 
  • Address and respond to challenging and aggressive behaviour, using approved de-escalation and intervention techniques. 
  • Maintain and ensure the safety and security of the centre, residents, and colleagues, ensuring the reporting of risks and required maintenance in a timely manner in line with work health and safety and risk management requirements.
  • Undertake administrative duties including best practice records management processes associated with information sharing, collection, and dissemination.

Note: - Please refer to the Statement of Duties for ALL the selection criteria of this position. 

Download File Generic Youth Worker Band 4 (December 2019) HAHSA WWC.pdf

Download File Generic Youth Worker Band 4 (December 2019) HAHSA WWC_CSO.docx

Essential Requirements:

  • Current Tasmanian Working with Children Registration (Employment type
  • Able to meet the psychological suitability and physical fitness deemed appropriate for custodial youth justice duties*

The Head of the State Service has determined that the person nominated for this job is to satisfy a pre‑employment check before taking up the appointment, on promotion or transfer. The following checks are to be conducted:

1.  Conviction checks in the following areas:

    • a)  crimes of violence
    • b)  sex related offences
    • c)  serious drug offences
    • d)  crimes involving dishonesty
    • e)  serious traffic offences

2.  Identification check

3.  Disciplinary action in previous employment check.

*Suitable applicants will be required to undergo psychological testing prior to interview and consent to an independent medical assessment to confirm their suitability for this role.

Desirable Requirements: Current first aid certificate; current Driver’s licence; Knowledge and expertise consistent with qualifications recognised at Certificate IV or above as relevant to Youth Work, Youth Justice or Correctional Practice/Administration

How to Apply:

We encourage you speak to the Contact Officer and review the FAQ's prior to applying for an overview of the workplace and duties. 

Please submit a resume and written statement answering: What has interested or motivated you to apply for this role? What skills, knowledge or attributes are needed to make you a good Youth Worker?

For more information on the duties (Contact Officer):

Name: Fiona Atkins


Phone: 6701 2247

For support in submitting your application and adjustment requests: please email 

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