Program Development Officer - Identified (Youth Justice)

Job Description

The role of Program Development Officer is to provide support and services to young people and their families including the development of programs and services that meet individual client needs. The role is also required to facilitate communication between department youth justice staff and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to enhance service delivery and court outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in order to reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in contact with the youth justice system.

It is a genuine occupational requirement that this position be filled by an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person. One of the referees should be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person who can attest to the applicant's background, knowledge, skills and experience as they relate to the cultural capabilities.

The Program Development Officer key responsibilities are:

• Develop, deliver and support the provision of local programs and services consistent with case plans in accordance with relevant legislative provisions, strategic priorities, statutory delegations, department policies, procedures and contemporary best practice.
• Maintain knowledge of contemporary trends, practices, funding initiatives and service delivery options to ensure the delivery of best practice youth justice programs and services.
• Consult with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in relation to the development and maintenance of services for young people subject to youth justice interventions.
• Facilitate communication between youth justice staff and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to ensure programs and services provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are culturally appropriate.
• Participate productively and collaboratively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team in delivering programs and services to clients.
• Develop and maintain a relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, people and services.
• Provide support and advice to colleagues on culturally appropriate services in a youth justice context.


This role has a range of statutory delegation under the Youth Justice Act 1992. To be successful in this role you will be required to demonstrate capability in the following areas:

• Stimulates ideas and innovation: Gathers insights and embraces new ideas and innovation to inform future practice.
• Leads change in complex environments: Embraces change and leads with focus and optimism in an environment of complexity and ambiguity.
• Builds enduring relationships: Builds and sustains relationships to enable the collaborative delivery of customer-focused outcomes.
• Drives accountability and outcomes: Demonstrates accountability for the execution and quality of results through professionalism, persistence and transparency.
• Fosters healthy and inclusive workplaces: Fosters an inclusive workplace where health, safety and wellbeing is promoted and prioritised.
• Demonstrates sound governance: Maintains a high standard of practice through governance and risk management.

Applications to remain current for 12 months.

Job Ad Reference: QLD/465982/23

Closing Date: Wednesday, 8th February 2023