Communities and Justice


We ask Rebecca why

Rebecca is a psychologist, and she shares why working at the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) is the best decision she has ever made.

Video transcript: We ask Rebecca why

What is it like to work here?

“We provide a service that includes group and individual-based therapy to raise awareness about what is okay and what is unacceptable in society.”

- Adam, Psychologist, Corrective Services

Role overview

Psychologists employed by the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) provide psychological services across Corrective Services NSW, Community Services (formerly FACS) and Youth Justice (formerly Juvenile Justice).

DCJ Psychologists operate as part of a team of psychologists and/or member of a multi-disciplinary team. They provide psychological assessments, interventions and therapeutic services for children and families experiencing challenging circumstances, young people and offenders who are in custody and those under community supervision orders.

Key skills

  • demonstrate professionalism to support a culture of integrity
  • clearly explain complex concepts and arguments to individuals and groups
  • research and analyse information and make recommendations based on relevant evidence
  • utilise facts, knowledge, and experience to support recommendation
  • share information and learning across teams
  • maintain own motivation when tasks become difficult
  • demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the services provided and relay to customers
  • respond proactively to changing circumstances and adjust plans when necessary
  • be alert to risks and follow safe work practices
  • make effective use of records, information and knowledge management functions and systems.

Role requirements

Each business area has its own unique role requirements. Browse the following types of Psychologists to learn more.

Additional information 


35-hour work week with flexible working arrangements.


Professional support and supervision to assist in meeting AHPRA requirements.


Networking opportunities including annual Psychological Conference.


Graduate placements and internship programs.

Pre-employment checks
  • National criminal history check including fingerprint checks (role specific)
  • NSW Working with Children Check Clearance (role specific)
  • Reference checks (minimum of 2 referees)
  • Child Story check (where applicable)
  • Qualification checks.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

DCJ provides services to various communities across the state, making it important to have a diverse and inclusive workforce that contributes to better outcomes for our communities. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make a significant impact to the organisation by improving the way we interact with Indigenous communities and help inform and shape cross-cultural services. 

Last updated:

24 Aug 2023