Certificate IV in Youth Justice

This qualification covers youth justice workers who supervise young people who have been directed by the justice system to be in the care and direction of authorised community and/or government agencies.

The supervision will be managed through a range of community and institution-based programs designed to meet the social, behavioural, health, welfare, developmental and protection needs of young people.

Occupational titles may include:

Juvenile justice officer

Visits coordinator


Youth justice officer

Secure environment worker

Youth residential worker

Unit coordinator / manager

Youth worker (juvenile justice)



15 units are required for award of this qualification including:

8 core units

7 elective units

A wide range of elective units is available, including:

Group A electives of which one unit must be selected for this qualification

Group B elective which is recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice

Group C first aid electives of which one or more may be required for youth work in some jurisdictions

Other relevant electives listed below and grouped to facilitate selection for specific contexts such as community youth justice work or centre-based youth justice work

Units of competency to address workplace requirements and packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in Community Services and/or Health Training Packages

Where appropriate, to address workplace requirements, up to 3 units of competency packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in other relevant Training Packages or accredited courses where the details of those courses are available on TGA or other public listing

Core units

add topic CHCCOM403A Use targeted communication skills to build relationships

add topic CHCCS400C Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework

add topic CHCORG303C Participate effectively in the work environment

add topic CHCPROT510E Support the progress and development of young people

add topic CHCYJ401B Work in the youth justice environment

add topic CHCYTH407E Respond to critical situations

add topic HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers

add topic HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes

Group A electives - one unit must be selected

One of the following units must be selected for this qualification.

add topic CHCPROT407E Provide supervision in a secure system

add topic CHCPROT405E Provide supervision in the community

The importance of culturally aware and respectful practice

All workers undertaking youth justice work need foundation knowledge to inform their work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and co-workers and with clients and co-workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This foundation must be provided and assessed as part of a holistic approach to delivery and assessment of this qualification. Specific guidelines for assessment of this aspect of competency are provided in the Assessment Guidelines for the Community Services Training Package.

Group B elective - recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice

Where work involves a specific focus on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients or communities, the following elective is recommended:

add topic HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

Group C first aid electives - required for youth work in some jurisdictions

In some jurisdictions, it is a condition of employment that youth justice workers are competent in basic first aid. Candidates and employers should clarify any specific jurisdiction requirements for competence in first aid. One or more of the following first aid units may be required.

add topic HLTFA311A Apply first aid

add topic HLTFA302C Provide first aid in remote situation (Note pre-requisite: HLTFA311A )

add topic HLTFA412A Apply advanced first aid (Note pre-requisite: HLTFA311A )

Other relevant electives

Electives are to be selected in line with specified Packaging Rules. The following table shows electives suggested to address work requirements in identified areas. Employers may specify that certain electives are required to address specific workplace needs.

Elective groups shown in this table are recommended, but not necessarily required for work in the areas identified on the right

Community youthjustice work

Centre-based youthjustice work

add topic CHCAOD510B Work effectively with clients with complex alcohol and/or other drugs issues

add topic CHCCHILD401B Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

add topic CHCCHILD404B Support the rights and safety of children and young people

add topic CHCCM401D Undertake case management

add topic CHCCS419C Provide support services to clients

add topic CHCCS521B Assess and respond to individuals at risk of suicide

add topic CHCINF302D Maintain the organisation's information systems

add topic CHCORG405E Maintain an effective work environment

add topic CHCYJ402A Support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander young people in youth justice system

add topic CHCYTH502A Work with young people to establish support networks

add topic CHCYTH503A Undertake youth work in specific communities

add topic CHCYTH608D Manage service response to young people in crisis

add topic CSCOFM304A Protect the safety and welfare of young offenders

add topic CSCSAS201A Maintain security

add topic CSCSAS206A Respond to medical emergencies

add topic HLTCSD208D Transport clients

add topic HLTCSD306D Respond effectively to behaviours of concern

Additional electives relevant to youth justice work

add topic CHCAOD402B Work effectively in the alcohol and other drugs sector

add topic CHCCM506C Undertake case management in a child protection framework

add topic CHCCS312A Use electronic learning materials

add topic CHCCS401C Facilitate responsible behaviour

add topic CHCCS504B Provide services to clients with complex needs

add topic CHCCW402C Implement a case work strategy

add topic CHCGROUP403D Plan and conduct group activities

add topic CHCLD415A Confirm client developmental status

add topic CHCLLN403A Identify clients with language, literacy and numeracy needs and respond effectively

add topic CHCMH401A Work effectively in mental health settings

add topic CHCMH402B Apply understanding of mental health issues and recovery processes

add topic CHCMH405A Work collaboratively to support recovery process

add topic CHCMH504E Provide a range of services to people with mental health issues

add topic CHCNET404B Facilitate links with other services

add topic CHCPROT401C Act as a witness

add topic CHCPROT404D Prepare information for justice processes

add topic CHCPROT512C Coordinate work integrating statutory requirements and responsibilities

add topic CHCYJ403B Prepare young people for reintegration

Problem gambling electives

add topic CHCGMB501A Work effectively in the problem gambling sector

add topic CHCGMB502A Assess the needs of clients with problem gambling issues

add topic CHCGMB503A Provide counselling for clients with problem gambling issues

Financial literacy education electives

add topic CHCFLE301A Work with clients needing financial literacy education

add topic CHCFLE302A Educate clients in fundamental financial literacy skills

add topic CHCFLE303A Educate clients to understand debt and consumer credit

Settlement work electives

add topic CHCSW401A Work effectively with forced migrants

add topic CHCSW402B Undertake bicultural work with forced migrants in Australia

Social housing electives

add topic CHCCH301C Work effectively in social housing

add topic CHCCH427B Work effectively with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness

add topic CHCCH428B Work effectively within the Australian housing system

Oral health

add topic CHCOHC303B Use basic oral health screening tools

add topic CHCOHC401A Inform and encourage clients and groups to understand and achieve good oral health

add topic CHCOHC402A Support clients and groups to learn practical aspects of oral health care


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Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

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Employability Skills

Refer to the Topic: Introduction to the Employability Skills Qualification Summaries