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Job Title : Youth Custodial Officer

State Government of WA - Australia,

Government, Defence & Emergency
Source: uWorkin


Youth Custodial Officer

Corrective Services

Salary: Level 2, JCOGA, $63,172 - $68,256 per annum

Position number: Pool Ref 015708

Work type: Permanent - Full Time

Location: Banksia Hill Detention Centre - Canning Vale

Closing date: 2021-06-21 4:30 PM (YYYY-MM-DD)

Attachments: - job description form - youth custodial officer level 2 (generic) aug 2019.pdf
- yco fitness standards.docx.pdf
- yco information booklet 2021.pdf

You can view and print these PDF attachments by downloading Adobe Reader.

The Department of Justice is committed to building a workplace culture that values diversity and inclusion. We embrace diversity and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal people, women, people with a disability, LGBTIQ+ and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply as we want you and your cultural knowledge to help us build and shape the Department's service capability.

About us

When you join the Department of Justice, you become part of a people-focused organisation working hard to make our community a fairer and safer place to live. We offer many different employment opportunities in locations around Western Australia. You will have a chance to make a real difference to your local communities and to the lives of those you work with.

About the role

We are looking for people who want to make a positive difference to young people who have offended, to improve their education and work skills, maintain family links and prepare them for reintegration into the community. The role considerably influences services that ensure young people are provided opportunities to address their offending behaviour.

The Youth Custodial Officer is responsible for the management and positive engagement with young people detained at Banksia Hill Detention Centre in Canning Vale.

About you

Being a Youth Custodial Officer requires resilience, maturity, compassion and empathy. As part of a team you work alongside young people in challenging situations. Your ability to diffuse and manage conflict is essential.

You will be a positive role model and work with young people and their families who have often experienced significant trauma. You will help create an environment by implementing Child Safe Principles (please see information booklet) into everything you do to ensure young people are safe and encouraged to lead law-abiding, productive lives in a culturally supportive way.


Youth Custodial Officers are employed under the Department of Justice (Youth Custodial Officers) CSA Agreement 2019 and receive all the benefits attached to a government career:

  • employment security
  • comprehensive paid training
  • competitive base salary: $63,172 - $68,256 per annum plus superannuation
  • 19% commuted allowance in addition to the base salary upon commencement of
  • shift work, equating to approximately $12,000 per annum
  • generous leave provisions
  • supplied uniforms
  • opportunities for promotion
  • salary packaging - visit smartsalary.com.au for more details.

A Youth Custodial Officer based at the Banksia Hill Detention Centre is required to work rotating shift patterns on a 24 hour per day / 7 days per week roster system. Shifts are ordinarily 12 hours in duration and you will be expected to work on public holidays (including Easter, Christmas and New Year), weekends and nights as part of the roster rotation.

Eligibility requirements

You can apply to be a Youth Custodial Officer if you have:

  • Australian citizenship or permanent residency, or New Zealand citizenship
  • A current and unrestricted C class drivers licence
  • A current Working with Children Check or be able to successfully apply for one to be eligible for appointment to this position
  • Possess a first aid qualification from an accredited training provider (or be willing to undertake and/or renew necessary accreditation).

All employees are required to undergo employment screening, which includes a National Criminal History Check and other checks that may be relevant to the position requirements.

Further Information

We have the following information sessions available. Attending will provide you with an opportunity to speak to experienced staff and ask questions about the role and the recruitment process.

  • Thursday 27 May 2021, 5pm - 7pm. Banksia Hill Detention Centre - 1001 Warton Rd, Canning Vale WA 6164.
  • Saturday 5 June 2021, 10am - 12pm. Banksia Hill Detention Centre - 1001 Warton Rd, Canning Vale WA 6164.
  • Wednesday 9 June 2021, 5pm - 7pm. Banksia Hill Detention Centre - 1001 Warton Rd, Canning Vale WA 6164.
  • Thursday 10 June 2021, 1pm - 3pm. Champion Centre - 76 Champion Drive, Seville Grove WA 6112.

There are plenty of spots available to attend these information sessions, to book your spot please click here , if you experience difficulty with booking online then please contact Recruitment at [email protected] .

It is important to read the Information Booklet, Fitness Standards and Job Description Form (JDF) prior to submitting your application - to view these documents please see attached above.

How to apply

We require you to submit:

A current comprehensive Curriculum Vitae/Resume including the contact details of two referees. Acceptable referees are current and previous supervisors or line managers.

During the online application submission process you will be addressing the questions below, with a word limit of 150 words per question:

  1. Provide an example illustrating how you have/would develop a relationship with a troubled young person to achieve a positive result?
  2. A detainee is exhibiting challenging behavior. Please detail the steps you would take to engage with them to build rapport.
  3. How will you positively influence and shape the lives of young people in Banksia Hill Detention Centre's care?

Please ensure you allow sufficient time to submit your application, as late applications will not be accepted.

To submit your application click the "Apply for Job" button at the bottom of this page. Please apply online - emailed and posted applications will not be accepted.


We use a number of different assessment methods, including skills based assessments. For example, this may include a written test at the interview, where you may be required to demonstrate your understanding of Child Safe Principles - click here to view further information.

Equity and Diversity

The Department of Justice is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to growing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce as a part of EEO Management Plan and its Aboriginal Workforce Development Strategy. We embrace diversity and encourage applications from a diverse field, people from a culturally and linguistically diverse background, young people and people with disability.

As a measure to achieve equality, Section 51 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 applies to this position. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Women are also encouraged to apply, under Section 27 (2) of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984, to ensure the gender balance requirements of our workforce are met.

Pool Recruitment

We recruit to an appointment pool and use this list of suitable talent to fill vacancies for future intakes. This pool will be valid for a period of 24 months from the first appointment.

Contact us

If you would like further information about the role, please contact David Ward 9333 2512. All enquiries related to the recruitment and selection process should be directed to the Bulk Recruitment Team on [email protected] or call 1800 974 199 during business hours.

Aboriginal job seekers may contact the Aboriginal Workforce Development Team on [email protected] or call (08) 9264 1369 for culturally appropriate application advice, or alternatively if you would like to seek assistance with your application, please contact Jobs and Skills WA on 13 64 64.

We look forward to receiving your application!