Senior Clinician


  • Location: South West Region
  • Job type: Full time
  • Organisation: Department of Justice and Community Safety
  • Salary: $114,830 - $125,735
  • Occupation: Prison and Corrective Services

Senior Clinician, Cherry Creek Youth Justice Precinct (2 positions available)

About the organisation

At the Department of Justice and Community Safety, we are looking for people who want to make a difference. People who take pride in their work. People who get things done. People who are committed to making Victoria a safer place.

We embrace diversity and strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. We’re all about recruiting the best people, regardless of gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation or cultural background. If you think you can do the job and would be a good fit for our department, we’d love to hear from you.

The department is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and recognises that children’s rights need to be respected, their views welcomed and valued, and their concerns taken seriously and acted upon.

About the role

Join Victoria's new ground-breaking youth justice centre near Werribee.

  • Oversee a team of Clinicians within a multi-disciplinary workforce to achieve sustained behaviour change.
  • Provide clinical interventions to complex cases, including addressing offending behaviour needs.
  • Support the rehabilitation of young people in custody through the effective delivery of youth offending programs.

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.

The opportunity

  • VPS Grade 5.2 role, earning $114,830-125,735 plus super
  • Deliver offence specific and offence related interventions to young people
  • Undertake or provide supervision in specialised risk and psychological assessments of young people
  • Relocation support may be available for the successful candidate.

Senior Clinicians at Cherry Creek Youth Justice will report directly to the Clinical Manager, Rehabilitation and Behaviour Support and will provide leadership and direction to a team of Clinicians delivering offence-related programs and targeted interventions to young people. The Senior Clinicians will provide guidance to a multidisciplinary team focussed on achieving sustained change in a young person's behaviour through individual interactions with young people in the units as well as structured programs focusing on young people with highly complex needs.

The Senior Clinician will collaborate, plan and manage a range of treatment plans, reports and risk assessment strategies that deliver evidence-based psychosocial programs to support a young person's rehabilitation. The Senior Clinician will oversee and manage quality assurance, and ongoing professional development of activities, including providing input on policy development.

To be successful in the role, you will be passionate about working with young people and providing leadership and guidance that drives sustained behaviour change and rehabilitative outcomes.

General Registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) is required for this position.

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, drug and alcohol support
  • 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

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit

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.

  • Please note, this offer of employment is conditional upon you providing evidence to the department that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccination Certification will be collected upon commencement.
  • 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.
  • Acceptable evidence includes:
    1. COVID-19 digital certificate or ATAGI exemption 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.
  • If you consider that you are unable to be vaccinated against COVID-19, please contact

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: 31 December 2023

Point of contact: 

Chelsea Leach


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