Working in Youth Justice

Staff work in a variety of locations with children and young people who have been in contact with the South Australian youth justice system. These are:

  • the Kurlana Tapa Youth Justice Centre (custodial)
  • central and metropolitan offices (community)
  • regional centres (community)
  • specialist psychological services to address offending behaviour.


Depending on your role in Youth Justice, minimum qualifications may be required. For example:

  • Social Work degree
  • Certificate IV in Youth Justice
  • Masters of Clinical Psychology.

It is not essential to already have a Certificate IV in Youth Justice. DHS may be able to support eligible candidates to complete the required training.

Kurlana Tapa Youth Justice Centre

Youth Justice staff in the Kurlana Tapa Youth Justice Centre are responsible for providing care, supervision, safety and support for children and young people between 10 and 21 years placed there by South Australia Police (SAPOL) or the Courts, on youth matters.

Community Youth Justice

Youth Justice staff in community settings provide care and supervision for children and young people on community-based orders and advise courts to assist young people to make informed decisions.


All Youth Justice staff are subject to a satisfactory DHS working with children check and National Criminal History Record Check (NCHRC).

Find out more about working in DHS.

Page last updated 31 May 2023