Psychologist - Northern Region


Psychologist Opportunities - Northern NSW

Make the move to a rewarding career with Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) and be part of a refreshed strategy aimed at breaking the cycle of reoffending.

About Us

Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) delivers professional Correctional Services and Programs to reduce the risk of re-offending and enhance public safety. It serves a key function of the NSW Justice sector by providing effective, safe and humane management of offenders both in custody and in the community. CSNSW also works in partnership with other government and community agencies to ensure that offenders and their families are supported.

Our Teams

Statewide Services: They are part of the Offender Services and Programs Division of CSNSW and contribute to the correctional service to reduce re-offending, enhance community safety, and manage offenders in a safe, secure and humane environment. Statewide Programs: CSNSW is committed to reducing the rate of re-offending by 5% by 2023. The programs include the Intensive Drug & Alcohol Treatment Program for Medium/High risk offenders, High Intensity Programs Unit designed for participants servicing a short prison sentence, Sex offender, Serious Offender Assessment Units and VOTP treatment Programs.

Our Clusters: State-wide Services work in a cluster model across custody and community

Correctional Centers: The Psychologist’s work in custody contributes toward reducing an offender’s risk of re-offending and to support offenders while in custody; manage offenders who present with self-harm and suicide risk, as well as provide assessment and advice regarding risk factors associated with re-offending and how to manage these. In the community: Psychologists contribute toward reducing an offender’s risk of re-offending and assisting an offender’s reintegration into the community.  Psychologists also provide consultation for case management and in assist offenders with their compliance to community-based supervision orders, as well as provide risk assessment and management.

Our Opportunities

We are currently seeking Registered Psychologists who enjoy a challenge and sense of reward while working within a multidisciplinary team that is working together toward positive societal changes through reducing reoffending in support of community safety. Bringing your strong communication skills and passion into this role you will be working directly with offenders in custody and with offenders who are under Community Supervision to help across various locations throughout the Northern Region including:

  • Shortland Correctional Centre (Programs & State-wide Services)
  • Cessnock Correctional Centre (State-wide Services)
  • Grafton Community Corrections  (State-wide Services)
  • Mid North Coast Correctional Centre (State-wide Services)
  • Temporary opportunities available at Hunter and Tamworth Correctional Centre ( State-wide Services)

Key Responsibilities:

  • Delivering assessments, interventions  and therapeutic services and programs to people who offend
  • Provide risk assessment (including sexual and violent offender assessment) and limited risk management intervention.
  • Providing expert consultation to staff regarding offender mental health and risk management
  • Maintaining concise documents and notes on offenders receiving psychological services and programs
  • Preparing reports, advice and consultation to courts as directed
  • Attending professional development and networking opportunities including the annual CSNSW Psychological Conference

Interested so far? We invite you to read on further about our multidisciplinary teams

Click here to view information about Statewide Services.   Click here to view information about Statewide Programs Click here to read the Compendium of Offender Change Programs.           

For more information please click here to view the role description

To apply for this role submit a resume and cover letter introducing yourself and detailing your skills and experience relevant to the Psychologist role of preference. Please ensure you answer the questions that form part of the application process.

What’s in it for you:

As a Registered Psychologist, we can offer:

  • Full-time or Part-time  employment opportunities in the Statewide Services
  • Stability and flexibility in this role
  • Support and promote work/life balance
  • Salary commencing at $68,084 to $119,607 pa

Working Hours and Training

  • 35 hour week with flexible working arrangements
  • Networking opportunities including annual Psychological Conference
  • Training in sex and violence risk assessments

Essential requirements:

  • You must be able to demonstrate experience in assessment and treatment in correctional psychology including health issues, cognitive impairment, and with respect to behaviour management.
  • You must have a minimum 4 year accredited qualification in psychology with current provisional or general registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.
  • You must have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the psychologist’s ethical and legal obligations and professional accountability.
  • Current driver’s licence with ability and willingness to travel throughout NSW
  • Please note that pre-provisional psychologists are not eligible to apply.

Closing Date:  Wednesday, 30th September 2020 at 11.59pm

For application enquiries or technical issues please contact Sally Iskander, Team Leader, Talent Acquisition via:

Email:  s**************@facs.nsw.gov.au
Phone: 0434 106 ***

Talent Pools

If your application is successful and you pass all pre-employment checks, your application will be placed into a talent pool. When a vacancy arises in your preferred location, the talent pool will be activated and offers of employment will be based on date of application, location preference, capabilities, knowledge and experience. A talent pool may be created for future temporary and ongoing roles and is valid for a period of up to 18 months.

To ensure recruitment at the Department of Communities and Justice continues without interruption during the COVID-19 pandemic, some interviews and assessments may be performed using alternative methods. This may include video interviewing, telephone interviewing and online assessments. If you are successful following review of your application, you may need to perform assessments and/or interviews via online platforms using a PC, laptop or smart phone. By doing so, we will be adhering to the strict social distancing advice currently in place.

The Department of Justice is committed to building a workplace that values and supports diversity and inclusion. We actively promote the employment of women, people with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, LGBTI and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The Department encourages applications from people with disability and will provide reasonable adjustments in our recruitment process and in the workplace. If you need an adjustment in the recruitment process, please call or email the contact person listed below, and also advise us of your preferred method of communication.