Clinician, Child and Adolescent Practice
Cherry Creek Youth Justice Precinct 


  • Join Victoria’s new ground-breaking youth justice centre near Werribee (20 mins from Melbourne)
  • Deliver clinical programs enabling rehabilitation of children and young people in custody with highly complex needs.
  • Administer criminogenic and other targeted programs to achieve sustained behaviour change in children and young people at Cherry Creek Youth Justice Precinct.

Make our community safer by helping children and young people build better futures for themselves at Cherry Creek Youth Justice Precinct.

Create Change from the Inside Out

The young people we work with can make remarkable changes in their lives. For many, those changes will begin at the new state-of-the-art Cherry Creek Youth Justice Precinct (Cherry Creek).

The facility will offer innovative services aimed at reducing reoffending and giving young people the skills to make the most of their lives when they return to the community.

Doing this work well will make our state a safer place to live.

Be part of the change you want to see, join the workforce at Cherry Creek.

About the role

  • AHP 4.1 Role earning $105,479- $116,550 per year plus super
  • Deliver targeted psychosocial and multi-systemic needs-based programs for children and young people at Cherry Creek Youth Justice Precinct.
  • Collaborate with various stakeholders to implement evidence based clinical assessments enabling rehabilitative outcomes.
  • Provide guidance and support to a team of Behaviour Support Specialists, Youth Justice Workers and other staff delivering rehabilitative services at Cherry Creek Youth Justice Precinct.

The Clinician, Child and Adolescent Practice will report to the Senior Clinician, Child and Adolescent Practice. The Clinician, Child and Adolescent Practice will provide evidence-based clinical assessments and deliver targeted criminogenic and non-criminogenic programs facilitated on an individual or group basis to children and young people at Cherry Creek as part of the overarching rehabilitation services model.

The Clinician, Child and Adolescent Practice will support and give specialist advice to a team of behaviour support specialists, youth justice workers, extended operations team to create best practise outcomes for children and young people. The Clinician, Child and Adolescent Practice will complete comprehensive case notes, prepare treatment plans, treatment reports, and risk assessment reports for internal and external stakeholders.

The Clinician, Child and Adolescent Practice will undertake research and analysis in specialist clinical portfolio area for input into recommendations to senior staff and provide continuous feedback and contributions to improve practice and responsiveness. The Clinician, Child and Adolescent Practice will lead initiatives and manage quality assurance to support implementation of the child safe standards across internal and external clinical teams by providing guidance and expertise on child and adolescent development, knowledge on interventions and policy.

Qualifications and experience

To be successful in the role, you will have knowledge of key issues impacting youth justice with experience working directly with children and young people.

Qualifications required:

  • General or Provisional Registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA); or
  • Eligible for membership of the Australian Association of Social Work (AASW); or
  • Credentialed as a Mental Health Nurse with the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses; or
  • Registration as an Occupational Therapist with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia.

For more information on the skills and experience that we are looking for in our new team members, please read the job description document attached.

Cherry Creek: Building better futures

Cherry Creek reimagines what a custodial facility can be.

Set in a picturesque part of Victoria, Cherry Creek is a safe and secure place where young people can work on getting their lives back on track. Their efforts are supported by programs and services backed by world-leading research on rehabilitation.

We want young people to return home with the confidence that they can thrive in their own communities, so the facility is designed to represent a familiar, real-world environment. Instead of larger dormitory-style accommodation, young people at Cherry Creek sleep in smaller four-bed and eight-bed units across different neighbourhoods.

Some of Cherry Creek’s other design features include:

  • Enhanced health, mental health and drug and alcohol support, including a dedicated health centre and two mental health units for young people.
  • Purpose-built buildings to deliver programs and education, a recreational centre, and vocational training campus for trade-specific courses.
  • A spiritual and cultural space, for cultural and faith-based programs, including gardens and a yarning circle.
  • Energy-efficient design throughout the precinct, including the use of many recycled materials.
  • Age-appropriate and culturally sensitive accommodation and learning environments.
  • Modern and spacious staff facilities with views of the You Yangs mountain range
  • Access to on-site parking and staff gym

Please note

We want to make sure all Victorians feel represented by the department’s work. We do this by recruiting a diverse workforce – we welcome people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, and cultural background. We are also committed to the Victorian Government's promise to increase the number of veterans working in the public sector. 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 across all our roles. This support includes a culturally appropriate attraction and recruitment process. To learn more, email

The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening.  

Important information:

The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees consistent with the department’s obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic). Therefore, there is a requirement that all DJCS employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to undertake duties outside of their homes. 

At interview stage and prior to commencement of employment with the department, you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19 with three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Upon commencement of employment with the department you will be required to provide evidence that you have an up-to-date vaccination status within the timelines specified by the department into the DJCS Service Portal. This includes evidence of three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine required by the department (from time to time).

Acceptable evidence includes:

1. COVID-19 digital certificate (available via your myGov account)

2. Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account)

Other documentation outside the above will not be accepted as evidence of having received your COVID-19 vaccine doses.

For internal VPS employees:  

For this particular vacancy, priority consideration will apply to Victorian Public Service (VPS) employees who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) platform. 

Close date: 30 June 2023

Point of contact: 

Dr Chelsea Leach

0498 334 483

Job Ad Reference: DOJ/CLINCHADP


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