Community Member, Youth Parole Board | Melbourne - Parkville

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Posted on 14-May-2019
Application Close Date: 28-May-2019
Melbourne - Parkville
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  • A rare opportunity is now available to join the Youth Parole Board
  • Share your diverse skills to improve the outcomes of young people on parole

The Minister for Youth Justice invites applications from the community to join the Youth Parole Board of Victoria. Members from diverse cultural communities are warmly invited to apply.

The community member will seek to ensure that young people in custody have their developmental, cultural, and rehabilitative needs met within a framework that also takes community safety into consideration.

Established under the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005, the Youth Parole Board of Victoria exercises jurisdiction over all young people sentenced to a period of detention in a youth justice centre. The Board grants, varies and cancels parole and transfers young people between youth and adult jurisdictions.

The Board is made up of a chairperson, being a judge of the County Court, two community members and one member representing the Secretary of the Department of Justice and Community Safety. All sitting members have an alternate member who is able to sit in their absence.

Appointments to the Board can be made for a maximum of three years with an option to be appointed for a further term.

Community member commitment

The Board works closely with custodial staff and community youth parole officers to assist young people involved with the youth justice system to address problems, smoothly transition into the community, desist from offending and successfully complete their parole period.

The Board sits on a fortnightly basis, but also meets on an ad hoc basis as required. In carrying out its functions on the Board, the community member will:

  • make impartial and sound decisions about the eligibility for parole of young people sentenced to detention
  • interview young people in detention and may issue warnings to young people, or may cancel parole, if the young person is not complying with the conditions of their parole
  • request and consider case histories, summaries of offences, psychiatric and psychological reports and progress reports on young people in custody and on parole to assist in their decision-making
  • make decisions regarding the transfer of young people between a youth residential centre and a youth justice centre and between a youth justice centre and an adult prison.

All Board members are required to:

  • dedicate a day per fortnight to reading all the required Board material in preparation for scheduled Board meetings
  • be available to attend one day of Board meetings per fortnight and additional ad hoc meetings as required.

Members are remunerated for their time in line with the government remuneration guidelines, including for travel and accommodation expenses for members located in regional Victoria.

About you

You will have experience, or an understanding of, working with young people involved with the youth justice system and have a level of knowledge regarding the developmental needs of young people. You will have an appreciation of issues affecting young people and the passion and commitment to effectively influence positive change.

You will have demonstrated experience, and ability, to empathise with people from diverse cultural communities, consider individual needs, act with impartiality to make sound decisions, and maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.

You will have an understanding of the importance of placed based responses for young people and understanding of the government's crime prevention focus. You will bring an understanding of victim's considerations to the role.

Application and assessment process

To apply for this role, email your curriculum vitae, and a covering letter outlining what has attracted you to the position and the strengths that you would bring to the role.
Please e-mail your application to with 'Community Member Application' in the subject line.

Applications must be received by Tuesday 28 May 2019. Late applications will not be accepted.

Applications received will be assessed by an independent panel with interviews to be conducted soon after.

The selection panel will make a recommendation to the Minister for Youth Justice for final consideration following the interview process.

The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring its boards and committees reflect the diversity of the Victorian community. This includes women, Indigenous Australians, people with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.


Please note that the successful applicant will be required to complete a Declaration of Private Interests and be subject to probity checks comprising:

  • a National Criminal Records Check
  • a search of the Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia National Personal Insolvency Index, and
  • a search of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Register of Banned and Disqualified Persons.