Department of Human Services
5094 - CAVAN
Long Term Contract
Open to Everyone
• Multiple full-time,
part-time and casual positions available
• Opportunities for
training and career development
• Exciting opportunity for
those with a passion for working with young people
If you have a passion for
working with children and young people and would like to:
• support and mentor children and young people to thrive and
increase opportunities to participate fully in their community
• provide opportunities for Aboriginal young people to connect
• have a career that is challenging and highly rewarding; then
this role could be your next career move!
The Youth Worker role is based at the Kurlana Tapa Youth Justice
Centre in Cavan. Kurlana Tapa is a safe and secure environment for
young people aged 10+ years in custody or who are refused police
bail. As a Youth Worker, you will be part of a team contributing
• maintaining an appropriate level of care, safety, and
supervision in a custodial environment
• improving the social and living skills of children and young
people in custody, and assist in their effective transition into
the community and/or reunification/reconnection with their
families, family-based care providers or other suitable care
• assessing and responding to the individual needs of young
people to increase their chances of successful positive behaviour
• the delivery of programs and services, which facilitate the
development and/or rehabilitation of young people
• ensuring young people have opportunities to experience
education and opportunities for social, sporting, and cultural
What we provide:
• Youth Workers are employed at the OPS3 level ($65,606 -
$69,919 per annum). Shift penalties may apply which can increase
your salary by up to $15,000 per annum.
• On the job training and continuous learning.
• Opportunities for career progression.
• Support to complete a Certificate IV in Youth Justice
through the Stanton Institute (DHS’ Registered Training
What we need from you:
• Hold a current Senior First Aid certificate, or be willing
to obtain one prior to an offer of employment.
• Hold a current Australian driver’s licence (full
licence, minimum class ‘C’ – South Australian)
and be willing and able to drive all government vehicles within
your licence classification during the course of your duties.
• Completion of a Certificate IV in Youth Justice (fully
funded by DHS) within the first 12 months of your employment to
support and develop your practice in this role.
• Undergo and maintain a ‘suitable’
psychological assessment status within six months of employment to
be employed to work at Kurlana Tapa Youth Justice Centre (or any
other training centre established under the Youth Justice
Administration Act 2016).
• Undertake relevant medical and functional assessments to
ensure your safety and suitability to support young people in a
• Gain a National Police Check (NPC) and Department of
Human Services (DHS) Child Related Employment Screening (Working
with Children Check) prior to commencing employment and during your
• Work shift work which includes nights, weekends, and
• Be vaccinated against COVID-19 with a TGA approved
vaccine and provide proof of vaccination status prior to being
appointed to the role.
About the Department:
The Department of Human Services (DHS) is one of South
Australia’s most diverse Government departments. Our
commitment is to create a society where all people feel valued and
have access to quality services. Working for DHS is a hugely
rewarding experience, whatever role you choose. We value our
workforce and offer a wide variety of career prospects,
flexibility, work-life balance, as well as promotional
opportunities and excellent employment conditions.
Working in DHS you will:
• have access to salary sacrifice arrangements and
• work in an environment where diversity is valued and
individual contributions are recognised
• opportunity to gain tertiary qualifications funded by DHS
through the Stanton Institute, our own Registered Training
• opportunity to participate in leadership programs
• have career pathways and opportunities to develop new skills
through mobility and secondments.
About our recruitment process:
Due to the nature of the role, our recruitment process includes a
variety of activities such as an initial phone screening interview,
a behavioural interview, role play, and a group exercise. You may
also be asked to undertake a personality questionnaire.
If you are recommended from your performance in these activities,
two referees will be contacted, one being your current line manager
If you are successful in this process, you will be required to
undertake a medical and functional assessment in addition to a
psychological assessment to secure a contract in the Youth Worker
Our recruitment is ongoing, and you can apply at any time for this
opportunity. Intakes vary depending on organisational needs.
If you are recommended and placed on our Employment Pool, your
application will remain active for 12 months. You could be
contacted at any time during this period and offered an opportunity
to commence employment with us (which includes induction and
What else do I need to know?
Before applying, review all the essential requirements and special
conditions as detailed in the attached Role Description.
Children and young people in custody require attention and
supervision at all times. Our shifts rotate and include and AM, PM
and active Night Shifts. The start and finish times may vary,
however as a Youth Worker you will be required to work across only
the AM (6:50am to 3pm), PM (2:50pm to 11pm) shifts. Shift work also
involves working weekends and Public Holidays that attract generous
penalty rates. You are strongly encouraged to consider this aspect
of the role and whether it suits your current circumstances.
• National Police Check required.
• Employment-related Screening Check required.
• Some out of hours work may be required.
• Some interstate and intrastate travel may be required.
• Must hold a current Australian issued driver’s licence
(equivalent to minimum class C).
• This role requires a Working With Children check.
About the Business
Kurlana Tapa Youth Justice Centre is a custodial facility that
provides a safe and secure environment for young people in custody.
Consistent with international best practice, the Centre utilises a
state-of-the-art security system, allowing an open campus
environment that supports rehabilitation, learning, participation
and social development.
Role Status: Term up to 08/10/2023
Enquiries: Brian Allen, (08) 81691411 Email:
If the role you are applying for also requires an
Employment-related Screening Check, you will be required to
undergo such assessment as is advised by DHS, including
periodic assessment during your employment.
Cover Letter and Resume
You are required to submit a cover letter, up to a maximum of 2
pages, addressing how your skills, experience and capabilities
align with the role description. You are also required to
provide three work referees, one of whom must be your recent
line manager, and attach your current resume via the online
application form. For more information about the
department’s recruitment and selection process, please
refer to Working for DHS
Please be aware late applications will not be accepted.
DHS is an equal opportunity employer where selection is
based on merit regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, cultural
background, religion, language, disability, sexual orientation
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- Role Description - Youth Worker - OPS3.pdf
The South Australian public sector promotes diversity and flexible ways of working including part-time. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the flexible working arrangements for this role.