• We guide young people towards a better, positive future.
  • It’s rewarding work to help young people in a custodial environment find their full potential. To help them participate fully on their return to community.
  • You could help change their life trajectory.

“Making the move to Ashley Youth Detention Centre was a big step for me, but I’m glad I did. The Youth Worker role here is a great mixture of challenge and reward. I love being able to work with the young people here, helping them to build a support framework for their reintegration into the community. The young people we work with are possibly the most at risk in our state and, as youth workers, we have the opportunity to make a huge impact on their future.”­– Sam, Youth Worker and new recruit

About youth justice

Youth Justice is part of the Department for Education, Children and Young People. Everything we do is to support children and young people to ensure that they are known, safe, well and learning.

Our Youth Justice team has three main work streams:

  • Custodial Youth Justice: We support young people in a safe and secure custodial environment at Ashley Youth Detention Centre in Deloraine, Northern Tasmania.
  • Community Youth Justice: We work in the community to reduce youth offending and promote community safety.
  • Youth Justice Reform: We are transforming the way we support young people at risk, or who have offended.

Our people

There are many roles within Youth Justice. We work together, using trauma-informed practice, to make a positive difference to young people.

Youth Workers at Ashley Youth Detention Centre

As a Youth Worker, you will guide young people in a custodial environment to reach their full potential. This involves engaging young people in activities that promote self-growth, to support their return to community.

Who we’re looking for

Although a Certificate IV in Youth or Community Services helps, we’re really after the right people.

Our staff come from many different walks of life, and bring value every day. We’re looking for people with life skills, who can communicate well and stay calm under pressure.

This work is not without its challenges. You will be working with young people who are highly vulnerable, most from traumatic backgrounds. It takes resilience, patience and passion. It’s rewarding work, turning lives around.

You will need to:

  • have genuine motivation to support vulnerable young people to build positive futures
  • provide daily structure, care and supervision to young people
  • motivate young people to set goals, make better choices, and develop life skills
  • build positive and professional relationships with young people
  • be part of a team that promotes learning, fun and personal development
  • manage challenging and, at times, aggressive behaviour using therapeutic and trauma-informed practices.

Community Youth Justice Workers

As a Community Youth Justice Worker, you will deliver education and awareness programs to help reduce youth offending and promote community safety.

Operations Coordinators

As an Operations Coordinator, you will coordinate therapeutic intervention strategies. This ensures that activities comply with approved client case management plans and behaviour incentive tools. You will also provide supervision and performance development to Youth Workers.


As part of a team, Trainers deliver professional learning and development programs at Ashley Youth Detention Centre.

Case Management Officers

As a Case Management Officer, you will provide administrative support to assist with the admission, assessment, planning, case management and exit processes for young people in a custodial environment.

Support Staff

As part of the Operations Support team, you will undertake administrative tasks including admissions, discharge procedures and maintenance of client records.

What we offer Youth Workers

Salary and benefits

As a Youth Worker at Ashley Youth Detention Centre, you can earn up to $88,851 with a starting salary of $77,213 per annum. You also receive an additional 6.5% Corrections Allowance, and generous penalty and overtime rates. Our staff receive 11% superannuation and are provided with future opportunities to progress.

Penalty rates

As a full-time Youth Worker, you will be required to work weekday shifts that stretch beyond regular business hours. You will need to work some weekends and public holidays as well. You will be compensated for your commitment, with generous penalty rates applied:

  • Afternoon shift: 15% loading
  • Night shift: 27.5% loading
  • Saturday: 50% loading
  • Sunday: 100% loading
  • Overtime: 200% loading.

Shift work

A full-time ongoing Youth Worker at Ashley Youth Detention Centre works to a four-weekly rotating roster. This means:

  • you will work no more than five days in a row (unless you choose an overtime shift)
  • shifts can last up to 12 hours including your meal break
  • rotating rosters mean you can plan your life outside of work ahead of time.


Youth Justice staff work in an environment with young people who have often experienced adversity, including traumatic experiences. Some of our day-to-day work can also be confronting.

Due to this, we are increasingly focused on providing adequate supports and supervision for our workers.

You will have access to:

  • support and mentoring from senior staff
  • the Employee Assistance Program
  • an individual performance development agreement
  • wellbeing officers on-site
  • critical incident debrief and support
  • site specific wellbeing programs
  • personal resilience and vicarious trauma training.

Career pathways

We will work with you on a personalised professional development plan that can create opportunities for promotion and career progression. These other roles are listed above, including management roles.

Professional development

We provide you with six-weeks paid induction and training before you start with us. This includes training with current experienced Youth Workers. Your ongoing professional development is our priority.

We also ensure that you have:

  • a current first aid certificate
  • the tools to de-escalate a conflict situation
  • scenario training.

Work environment at Ashley Youth Detention Centre

In Tasmania, Ashley Youth Detention Centre supports young people who have offended. It’s a 24-hour residential youth justice service. This safe and secure facility is located in Deloraine, Northern Tasmania.

At Ashley, our approach is collaborative and we use trauma-informed practice.

Youth Workers provide ongoing care, support and supervision of these young people. Importantly, they also engage young people in programs and activities that promote self-growth; preparing them for opportunities beyond Ashley. It’s about maximising their potential while at Ashley, to maximise their participation on return to community.

Ashley has many flexible areas to provide engaging programs and activities that promote learning, fun and personal development. Facilities include:

  • a swimming pool
  • basketball courts
  • an indoor hall, with basketball hoops and a dry area for activities depending on weather
  • a gym
  • a school, with many different classrooms including an arts area.

Living and working in Tasmania

Many professionals are choosing to live and work in Tasmania.

Ashley Youth Detention Centre is located in Deloraine, Northern Tasmania – a quaint country town approximately 35 minutes’ drive from Launceston.

Anywhere in Tasmania, you’re guaranteed a strong sense of community and great lifestyle close to nature.

How to apply

If you’re interested, we strongly encourage you to talk to the contact officer listed in the job advertisement. They will provide you with an overview of the role.

Find out how to apply with us.

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