Communities and Justice

Careers for Aboriginal people

At DCJ we can make a huge difference in the lives of Aboriginal families and communities in NSW. That’s why we want Aboriginal people to have a strong voice when making decisions about their children, their families, and their future.

By having more Aboriginal staff in DCJ we can build staff’s capability to work with communities in a way that builds trust.

That’s why we need you. That’s why we want you. That’s why we’ll achieve so much more if you’re here with us.

Why we work for DCJ

  • Why become an Aboriginal Child Protection Caseworker?

  • Why do we need more Aboriginal Correctional Officers?

  • How is culture and connections building strong Aboriginal men at Youth Justice?

We want more Aboriginal people working with us here at DCJ

Brendan Thomas, Deputy Secretary of Transforming Aboriginal Outcomes here at the Department of Communities and Justice explains why we need more Aboriginal people working with us at DCJ. 

What is the Yuranha program?

We have a variety of different programs for Aboriginal job seekers. These include pre-employeement programs as well as traineeships and cadetships.

Kuyan's story at Youth Justice

Learn about Kuyan's story working at Youth Justice and how he supports Aboriginal young people.

Steps to apply for DCJ roles

  1. Learn

    Learn the difference between Aboriginal identified roles and targeted recruitment positions.

    Identifying roles
  2. Find

    Find what interests you and suits your skills and experience. Search for current job opportunities.

    Finding a job
  3. Gather

    Get the documents together that you might need, for example confirmation of Aboriginality.

    Documents you need
  4. Apply

    Find out how to apply and what to include in a cover letter, resume, and other documents.

    Applying for a job
  5. Prepare

    What to expect when asked to do capability-based assessments and interviews.

    Assessments and interviews
  6. Success!

    When successful, your offer will be confirmed in writing. If unsuccessful you can request feedback.

    Getting the job

Current job opportunities

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply for any roles with DCJ. Find a role where the positive impact of Aboriginal staff is valuable, and your lived experience is vital.

What we offer to the community

  • We have the opportunity to deliver positive outcomes for the Aboriginal communities of NSW.
  • We provide a place to share our cultural knowledge and experiences.
  • We ensure Aboriginal people are at the forefront of decision making.

Days of significance at DCJ

We honour the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
We say sorry for our role in past injustices to Aboriginal children, families, and communities.
We acknowledge the strength and importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
Information alert

Please note that at DCJ we commonly use the word "Aboriginal", recognising that Aboriginal people are the original inhabitants of NSW, the part of Australia we are responsible for. We acknowledge and respect that Torres Strait Islander people are among the First Nations of Australia and that both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are an important part of our staff and the communities we work with.

Last updated:

14 Aug 2023