• Temporary Full time up to 31 December 2019
• Location: Maitland
• Psychologist, Salary ($68,084 - $101,207 pa) Plus employer’s contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.
The departments of Family and Community Services and Justice already share a common purpose across many areas of their work, particularly when it comes to improving outcomes for children and young people, Aboriginal people, people with disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people experiencing domestic and family violence, victims of sexual assault, young people who offend, people at high risk of reoffending, and people experiencing homelessness.
Working together for stronger communities means we can continue to deliver our services with a more unified and collaborative approach. This means a greater focus on prevention and early intervention, faster responses, more seamless operations, less duplication of effort and better outcomes.
Youth Justice NSW is a dynamic organisation in a period of exciting change. Youth Justice NSW supervises and cares for young people who offend, providing diversionary and community-based services, as well as custodial services in detention centres for young people on remand and on control orders.
About the role
The Psychologist will function as a key member of a multi-disciplinary team within Youth Justice and be responsible for conducting psychological assessments, intervention and delivering therapeutic services to young people who offend.
The position holder will be guided by various legislation, policies, guidelines and procedures which encompass the management of Youth Justice in NSW and have a moral and ethical obligation to deliver effective psychological services and programs to clients with a range of behavioural issues who may be challenging to engage.
• Minimum four year accredited qualification in psychology with current provisional or full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia
• Demonstrated expertise in the psychological assessment and treatment of adolescents, including mental health issues, cognitive impairment, and with respect to behaviour management
• Demonstrated level of knowledge and understanding of contemporary concepts, principles and practices relevant to the psychological assessment and treatment of young people who offend
• Demonstrated knowledge and ability with regards to criminogenic risk assessments, including risks related to sex and violent offending and associated interventions
• Sound knowledge and understanding of the psychologist's ethical and legal obligations and professional accountability relating to agency policies and procedures
• Knowledge of and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
• Minimum Class C Drivers’ Licence with ability and willingness to travel throughout NSW
• Working with Children Clearance
The Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 requires persons engaged in children related work to have Working with Children clearances. If successful in this role you will be required to provide a Working with Children Check clearance number prior to commencing in the role. To obtain further information and to apply for a WWCC clearance please click here
As a Youth Justice Psychologist, you will:
• Provide expert consultant services to staff regarding case management and psychological needs of Youth Justice Clients within custodial and community locations, as well as advice to statutory authorities.
• Have the ability to be resilient and reserve confidential information by demonstrating a high level of integrity and courage to manage the responsibilities of the Psychologist role in the face of increasing demand for psychological services.
Click here to download the role description.
Applying for the role
When applying you will need to:
1. Answer the two pre-screening questions below – we are looking for you to demonstrate your competency in this focus capability.
• Describe a situation where you were faced with an ethical dilemma regarding a client? What actions did you take?
• What skills or strategies do you use to engage reluctant clients in a therapeutic setting?
2. Attach a resume (maximum 5 pages) and a cover letter (maximum 2 pages) outlining how you meet the requirements and capabilities of this role as specified in the role description.
Contact: David Lowe - Area Manager | Youth Justice NSW Ph (02) 49996200 | 0413805027 or
Closing date: Sunday 4 August 2019 (11:59 pm)
A talent pool may be created for future ongoing and temporary roles and is valid for a period of up to 12 months.
The Department of Communities and Justice is committed to building a workplace that values and supports diversity and inclusion. We actively promote the employment of women, people with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, LGBTI and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
The Department encourages applications from people with disability and will provide reasonable adjustments in our recruitment process and in the workplace. If you need an adjustment in the recruitment process, please call or email the contact person listed below, and also advise us of your preferred method of communication.