Diploma of Youth Justice

This qualification covers senior 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 government agencies. Workers at this level may have some supervisory responsibility for other staff.

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:

Case worker

Senior youth justice officer

Court coordinator

Shift supervisor

Juvenile justice coordinator

Shift team leader

Juvenile justice officer

Unit coordinator / manager / leader

Section supervisor

Youth justice area manager



12 units are required for award of this qualification including:

8 core units

4 elective units

A wide range of elective units is available, including:

Group A electives which are recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice

Group B first aid electives which 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 2 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 the NTIS or other public listing

Core units

add topic CHCCOM504A Develop, implement and promote effective workplace communication

add topic CHCCS502B Maintain legal and ethical work practices

add topic CHCCS506A Promote and respond to workplace diversity

add topic CHCCS513B Maintain an effective community sector work environment

add topic CHCYJ501A Develop and support a youth justice team

add topic CHCYJ502A Respond to needs of youth justice clients

add topic CHCYTH608C Manage service response to young people in crisis

add topic HLTOHS401A Maintain workplace OHS processes

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 A electives - recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice

Where work involves a specific focus on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and/or culturally diverse clients or communities, one or more of the following electives is recommended:

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

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

add topic PSPMNGT605B Manage diversity

Group B 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.

add topic HLTFA301C Apply first aid

add topic HLTFA302B Provide first aid in remote situation (Note pre-requisite: HLTFA301C )

add topic HLTFA402C Apply advanced first aid (Note pre-requisite: HLTFA301C )

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 the 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

Communityyouth justicework

Centre-basedyouth justicework

add topic CHCAOD510A Work effectively with clients with complex alcohol and/or other drugs issues

add topic CHCCM503C Develop, facilitate and monitor all aspects of case management

add topic CHCCS521A Assess and respond to individuals at risk of suicide

add topic CHCCW503A Work intensively with clients

add topic CHCFAM518B Work with involuntary and mandated clients

add topic CHCMH504D Provide a range of services to people with mental health issues

add topic CHCNET503C Develop new networks

add topic CHCORG506D Coordinate the work environment

add topic CHCPROT512C Coordinate work integrating statutory requirements and responsibilities

add topic CHCYTH502A Work with young people to establish support networks

add topic CHCYTH503A Undertake youth work in specific communities

add topic CHCYTH511B Work effectively with young people and their families

Other electives relevant to youth justice work

add topic BSBSUS501A Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability

add topic CHCCS312A Use electronic learning materials

add topic CHCLD415A Confirm client developmental status

add topic CHCLD514A Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients in community work and services

add topic CHCLD515A Analyse client information for service planning and delivery (Note pre-requisite CHCLD415A )

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

add topic CHCPROT401C Act as a witness

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

Settlement work electives

add topic CHCSW401A Work effectively with forced migrants

add topic CHCSW402A Undertake bicultural work with forced migrants in Australia

Oral health

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

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


    Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

To gain entry into CHC51508 Diploma of Youth Justice it is recommended that candidates have sufficient relevant work experience to indicate likely success at this level of qualification in a job role involving:

The application of knowledge with depth in some areas and demonstration of a broad range of technical and other skills

A wide range of tasks and roles in a variety of contexts, with complexity in the range and choices of actions required

The exercise of discretionary judgement and decision making under general guidance.

Licensing Information

Not Applicable

Employability Skills

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