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Job Number : 29542
Type and Location : HR/Psychology / Sydney
Listed By : NSW Department of Justice on 14 Jan 2020
Psychologist - Ongoing & Temporary Roles - Metro Regions

Psychologist/Specialist Psychologist


CSNSW have exciting opportunities in a number of our specialist psychology programs.


  • Ongoing and temporary full-time roles
  • Package includes salary of $68,084 - $119,607 plus employer’s contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading
  • CSNSW holds an annual Psychology Conference which meets your professional development requirements
  • In addition to standard training and professional development provided to all CSNSW Offender Services & Programs staff, will receive specialised training opportunities with external experts and trainers or attendance at national conferences
  • CSNSW offers flexible work hours under the Flexible Working Hours Agreement


About us


Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) delivers professional correctional services and programs to reduce the risk of re-offending and enhance public safety. It serves a key function of the NSW Justice sector by providing effective, safe and humane management of offenders both in custody and in the community. CSNSW also works in partnership with other government and community agencies to ensure that offenders and their families are supported.


About the roles


Location: Serious Offenders Assessment Unit, Risk Management Programs, Long Bay

  • One temporary role

The Serious Offenders Assessment Unit (SOAU) forms part of Risk Management Programs and is responsible for conducting assessments of serious offenders referred by the Serious Offenders Review Council (SORC) in addition to the review of sex offenders for consideration under the Crimes (High Risk Offenders) (HRO) Act.


Particular responsibilities for the area include:

  • Preparing comprehensive psychological risk assessments of serious offenders
  • Preparing reports in a timely manner for the Serious Offenders Review Council (SORC)
  • Working as part of a team of psychologists under the supervision of a senior psychologist in the provision of direct psychological services to adult offenders
  • Providing expert and timely advice pertaining to serious and high risk offenders in relation to risk and intervention needs
  • Providing advice in relation to offenders being considered for applications under the Crimes (High Risk Offenders) Act


Location: High Risk Offender Intervention, Risk Management Programs, Long Bay/Blacktown

  • One ongoing role

The High Risk Offender team forms part of Risk Management Programs and psychologists work alongside a multi-disciplinary team to provide assessment, intervention and risk management services to offenders eligible for/subject to an Order under the Crimes (High Risk Offenders) Act.  The HRO Psychologist intervention role will primarily involve the provision of individual risk management intervention to high risk offenders, whilst working in conjunction with members of the HRO team.  This role provides support for community reintegration and assistance to offenders in managing their risk of re-offending, along with the provision of consultancy to key stakeholders including the Extended Supervision Order team. 


The HRO team is based between Blacktown and Long Bay and provides state-wide services across CSNSW.  The role will require travel to various Correctional Centres and Community Corrections locations, however there is flexibility in work location. 


Location: High Intensity Program Unit (HIPU), Phillip St, Sydney

  • One ongoing role

The High Intensity Programs Units (HIPUs) deliver intensive programs and services to participants serving shorter prison sentences. The duration of the HIPU program is no less than four months (16 weeks). The primary goal of the HIPUs is to provide short-sentenced inmates with up to 200 hours of intensive programs, services and enhanced release planning to reduce the risk of return to custody and/or the risk of re-offence. These interventions are based on a comprehensive individualised assessment of each participant and an ‘exit-on-entry’ Treatment & Reintegration Plan that focuses on whole of sentence.


Particular responsibilities for the area include:

  • Contributing to the research and training of HIPU staff on the assessment and treatment of offenders
  • Providing adjunct individual psychological intervention as needed
  • Working as part of a dynamic team under the supervision of a Senior Psychologist and the Manager Program Development & Integrity (HIPU).



Location: Sex Offender Program (SOP), Metropolitan Special Purpose Centre

  • Two ongoing roles and three temporary roles

Custody-based Sex Offender Programs is based at MSPC 2, Long Bay.  We are an 80 bed therapeutic unit invested in providing an opportunity for men convicted of sexual offences to understand their behaviour and make changes.  Sex Offender Programs operates within a therapeutic community, providing the environment for these men to practise new skills, receive feedback and work with psychologists, custodial and other support staff to achieve their goals.  Our group programs are co-facilitated in an open (rolling) format. You will be tasked with applying key therapeutic frameworks to guide assessment and treatment recommendations, as well as delivering a range of group-based offending behaviour programs aimed at reducing the risk of re-offending. The positive impacts you will make as a clinician with extend beyond your direct client, to the client’s family and the wider community.  Sex Offender Programs is committed to delivering high-quality cognitive behavioural therapies with a focus on behaviour change and self-efficacy and self-awareness of clients.


Location: Violent Offenders Therapeutic Program (VOTP), Metropolitan Special Purpose Centre

  • Two temporary roles

The VOTP is a high intensity offence specific treatment program for medium/high and high risk male incarcerated offenders who have a current violent offence and a history of violence. Treatment is approximately 8 – 10 months, and is predominantly group-based psychological treatment (i.e. two psychologists per treatment group) with adjunct individual interventions. It is facilitated at the Metropolitan Special Programs Centre (Area 1), Long Bay Correctional Centre. 


Location: IDATP, Outer Metropolitan Multi-Purpose Correctional Centre (OMMPCC) and Dillwynia Correctional Centre (DILCC) at John Morony Correctional Complex

  • One ongoing role

The Intensive Drug & Alcohol Treatment Program (IDATP) is a treatment facilityfor Medium, Medium/High and High risk incarcerated male and female offendersincorporating a range of therapeutic, health, education, vocation and pre-release interventions aimed at addressing substance dependence, offending behaviour and reintegration.  Treatment is approximately 6-8 months in duration and is predominately group based treatment with adjunct individual intervention. It is facilitated at the Outer Metropolitan Multi-Purpose Correctional Centre (males) and Dillwynia Correctional Centre (females) at the John Morony Complex.



Responsibilities for all the above mentioned roles


As a Psychologist/Specialist Psychologist, your tasks can include:


  • Delivering group based therapy alongside your co-facilitator, focused on offence specific and offence related interventions for offenders
  • Providing adjunct individual psychological intervention as needed (e.g., management of therapy-interfering behaviours such as mental health and cognitive impairments)
  • Conducting comprehensive clinical and risk assessments (including psychometric testing, clinical interviews) developing case formulations and determining appropriate treatment pathways
  • Preparing treatment reports for relevant stakeholders
  • Maintaining documentation and case notes on offenders receiving services on the Offender Integrated Management System (OIMS) and in case and psychology files
  • Contributing to the research and training on the assessment and treatment of offenders
  • Working as part of a dynamic team under the supervision of a Senior Psychologist and Chief Psychologist

About you


Candidates for this role will ideally have:


  • Full registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as a Psychologist.
  • Experience in the provision of psychological services and treatment for offenders and/or individuals with challenging behaviours.
  • Experience working in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience conducting group therapy.

The focus capabilities for the role are the capabilities in which candidates must demonstrate immediate competence and can be found in the Role Description.


Applying for the role


To apply for this role you need to:

1.   Submit an application online via

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.

3.   Attach a de-identified psychological report as an example of your formal report writing skills.

Additional Information


For appointment as a Specialist Psychologist you must satisfy the additional selection criteria and qualifications Click here for the Specialist Psychologist Criteria.


Please ensure you tick the box for ‘specialist’ and address these criteria in your written application.


Contact: Samara Campion -

Closing date: 13th February 2020



A talent pool may be created for future ongoing and temporary roles and is valid for a period of up to 18 months.


NSW 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.



Contact Details
Samara Campion -

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