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Community services is a thriving sector with a clear and increasing demand for workers.

Browse the featured job vacancies below or visit the listed sites to find your dream job. (sector specific) (sector specific) (general) (Job Active) (for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people)

Many of the major employers, such as Brotherhood of St Laurence, Anglicare and Benevolent Society, have career sections on their own websites.

For employment in government agencies, such as child protection, search the government career website for your state or territory.

Employment agencies can also assist you to find work. A word to the wise though – recruitment agencies often match community workers with personal care/support work roles for which professional community workers (those qualified with a diploma or degree) are over qualified.


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Featured jobs

Youth Justice Worker - Parkville, Malmsbury Youth Justice Precincts
Department of Justice and Community Safety

Be a role model. Get young people back on track.

  • Job security with ongoing career opportunities
  • Full training provided
  • Starting salary of up to $74,500 including penalty rates + super
  • Multiple ongoing vacancies

We are now recruiting for full-time roles at Parkville Youth Justice Precinct and casual and full-time roles at Malmsbury Youth Justice Precinct. If you’re thinking of a tree change, why not take advantage of our relocation offer to Malmsbury?

Make the move to regional Victoria

Situated in North-Western Victoria, Malmsbury is a gorgeous, green part of the world famed its thriving arts scene. Up to $10,000 is currently being offered to cover expenses in moving from your current home to within a 60-minute drive of Malmsbury. This reimbursement is for moving costs, travel costs, removalist hire or temporary accommodation.

The role of a youth justice worker

Youth justice workers empower young people to steer their lives in a positive direction. They work in a safe and secure custodial environment and act as part of an extended family for young people in their care, helping them work to a daily structure, achieve key goals and develop life skills.

< Commencing in 2022, you will be able to study for our new Certificate IV in Youth Justice as part of your foundational training. Successful completion at the end of your first year of employment will not only increase your salary but provide you with recognised accreditation you can use in your future career.

Online information sessions

By registering for our online webinars, you can find out why our youth justice team love their job and ask questions about day-to-day work and the career opportunities available.

Date: Tuesday 5 October 2021
Time: 5.30pm AEST
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Date: Thursday 7 October 2021
Time: 5.30pm AEST
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What makes a great youth justice worker?

To be a great youth justice worker you need to have life experience. Any work background can prepare you for this role, particularly if you know what it takes to be a good team player and a confident communicator.

You need to be passionate about working with young people and believe in your ability to change lives for the better. In addition, you need to be able to stand firm while remaining calm in challenging situations. Being open-minded and mature with an understanding that every young person deserves help in shaping a different future for themselves is important.


To be considered for a youth justice worker role you must be either:

  • An Australian citizen – a birth certificate, citizenship certificate or current passport is required as proof of eligibility, or
  • A permanent resident of Australia, or
  • A New Zealand citizen who has entered Australia on a valid passport, or
  • Eligible to work in Australia for a period of more than six months.

To become a youth justice worker, you will also need to pass a health and fitness assessment. To find out how your current fitness levels match up and the best ways to prepare, take our health self-assessment.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Click here to apply online

For more information, contact the Youth Justice Recruitment Team on

Applications close midnight, Wednesday 13 October 2021.

Senior Clinician (Complex Interventions), Forensic Intervention Services
Corrections Victoria

We are looking for a resilient Senior Clinician to help transform the way forensic intervention is delivered in Australia, delivering world best-practice forensic intervention to high risk, complex, and high-profile service users.

  • Lead the development of clinical service for high-risk, complex, and high-profile offenders
  • Challenge yourself on high profile and complex cases in a forensic setting
  • Actively contribute to keeping the Victorian community safe

About the role

You will provide high quality assessment, treatment planning, intervention, and consultation in relation to complex, high- risk and high-profile service users. The service users you will work with could include those in high security, management units, and those who have committed violent extremist offences. You will provide clinical leadership and authoritative advice to stakeholders and engage stakeholders and other service providers in a multi-disciplinary approach in the management of service users. As part of your day-to-day work, you will:

  • Deliver evidence-based assessments, treatment plans, interventions to service users, including treatment planning, and addressing transitional needs
  • Consult with and advise Corrections staff, senior stakeholders and other business units on best practice management and treatment
  • Prepare comprehensive clinical notes, reports, and briefings on sensitive cases
  • Develop an integrated multi-disciplinary approach to how high profile, complex, or high risk service users should be managed based on best practice frameworks
  • Travel to correctional facilities across the state.

How we’ll support you

  • Clinical supervision from industry leaders
  • Mandatory debriefing for the first 12 months for new forensic practitioners
  • Ongoing professional development including foundation, theory, and on-the-job mentoring
  • Internal and external conferences, clinical scholarship opportunities and study leave
  • Research working groups
  • Annual funding of your AHPRA, ACMHN, AASW or OTC registration.


To apply, you’ll need to hold (or be eligible for) one of the following:

  • Registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia
  • Membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
  • Be registered as a nurse and be eligible to be credentialed as a Mental Health Nurse
  • Be registered as an Occupational Therapist with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia
  • Specialist training and/or postgraduate qualifications in a clinical or forensic field
  • Psychology Board of Australia Approved Supervisor status is desirable.

Successful candidates will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening. A current Victorian driver’s licence is required.

Who are we?

Forensic Intervention Services (FIS) is a division within Corrections Victoria. FIS support the belief that every person has the capacity to change and deserves the opportunity to make that change. FIS builds connections based on trust and empathy with people who have committed violent and sexual offences. This work enables us to develop insight and employ evidence-based screening, assessment, and offence-specific intervention services to support a person’s rehabilitation. In doing so, we form a critical component of the Department's strategy to reduce reoffending and contribute to community safety.

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Applications close on Monday 4 October 2021 at 11.59pm AEST

To find out more about the role, contact Andreia Azevedo, Manager, Complex Interventions on 0476 518 134 or email

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Department of Justice and Community Safety is continually working towards increasing our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Aboriginal) workforce. The Aboriginal Employment Team aims to attract, recruit and retain Aboriginal staff in a number of roles including clinicians. This support includes a culturally appropriate attraction and recruitment process. To learn more, email

Clinician - Protective Quarantine Service (PQS)
Corrections Victoria

Fixed term until April 2022

Support people in custody during quarantine and keep Victoria safe.

Forensic Intervention Services at DJCS has recently created a new team of clinicians to support individuals entering custody. The team provides distress interventions, wellbeing support and assistance during their time in protective quarantine (a requirement in response to COVD-19). Currently the team does its work via remote communications (phone and video calls) partly from home and partly from FIS offices in Franklin St in Melbourne's CBD. With changes in COVID-19 restrictions there may be scope for this work to be done in person at our prisons in Melbourne CBD and Ravenhall.

This newly created service has been considered by staff and individuals in custody to be essential in supporting the wellbeing and safety of the individuals in protective quarantine. As a Clinician (PQS), your tasks will include:

  • Provide supportive counselling sessions and wellbeing information to individuals in custody
  • Consult and liaise with other Corrections staff to ensure the individuals in custody are managed as best as possible during their 14-day quarantine period
  • Work via phone, video conference or face to face (if safe to do so in accordance with the Chief Medical Officer's guidelines) across a six-day roster
  • Prepare case notes professionally and in a timely fashion
  • Other relevant duties as reasonably required within the evolution of the role and pandemic response.

This is a unique opportunity to be part of a new team within Forensic Intervention Services during a challenging time for Victoria. We are seeking individuals who are immediately available to start training and can work full time, 38 hours per week, over the six-day roster.

About you

You should have the following skills and experience:

  • Have strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Possess resilience, maturity and the ability to maintain professional boundaries
  • Be able to multi-task with strong time management skills
  • Have a genuine passion and commitment to making a positive difference
  • Experience conducting services via phone or telehealth is desirable, but not mandatory.

To be considered for this opportunity

You'll need to hold (or be eligible for) one of the following qualifications:
  • General registration as a Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.
  • Qualified social worker.
  • Be credentialed as a Mental Health Nurse with the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN).
  • Be registered as an Occupational Therapist with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia.
  • Registered as a Counsellor with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).

You will also need to possess a current Victorian driver's licence and have suitable working rights in Australia for the duration of the contract.

Applications close on Monday, 27 September 2021 at 11.59pm AEST

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We regularly review applications so don't hesitate to submit prior to the closing date.

For further information, please contact Blake Barnard, Recruitment Advisor, Recruitment Services on 0419 195 085 or email

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Department of Justice and Community Safety is continually working towards increasing our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Aboriginal) workforce. The Aboriginal Employment Team aims to attract, recruit and retain Aboriginal staff in a number of roles including clinicians. This support includes a culturally appropriate attraction and recruitment process. To learn more, email

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