Forensic Disability Services

Working with Forensic Disability Services can make a positive impact by supporting people with disability and keeping the community safe.

About forensic disability services work

Forensic Disability Services supports people with cognitive disability and who are involved in the criminal justice system. We work with people who need access to specialist forensic support and treatment, or require additional supports so they can benefit from mainstream forensic services.

People with a cognitive disability are more likely to experience disadvantages, challenges and vulnerabilities. This can lead to their repeated contact with the criminal justice system. Forensic Disability Services assist these individuals.

Forensic Disability Services provides an alternative pathway for people which allows them to receive specialist forensic disability support and potentially divert them from further involvement with the criminal justice system.

Every member of our team plays an important role across our services. This allows us to best support people who need our services throughout their entire interaction with the criminal justice system and in the community.

“The key skills we need are people skills. People who work well with others, who are able to problem solve, who see the best in those they support.” 

Matt Frize, Director, Forensic Disability Services

We also work closely with the National Disability Insurance Agency, so people with disability and their families receive the supports they need.

Working with Forensic Disability Services means:

  • a choice of full-time, part-time and casual positions, all with a competitive salary
  • a tailored orientation process to equip team members with essential knowledge before commencing 
  • training provided throughout employment to help staff continue to grow in the role and expand their career pathway
  • significant opportunities for career progression into management, case work or clinical roles
  • employee wellbeing and support programs available to all employees.

“We’re set up for most people coming into these roles without experience.”

Matt Frize, Director, Forensic Disability Services

Who we’re looking for

If you’re searching for a career that allows you to change people's lives for the better, there are job opportunities for you. There are entry level roles that require no formal qualifications, just a passion to help people, plus opportunities for those with qualifications in the disability, psychology and clinical areas.

We're looking for employees who are:

  • committed to delivering high quality outcomes
  • passionate about making a difference
  • well organised and good communicators
  • honest and have integrity.

Working with Forensic Disability Services can give you a sense of purpose. You can help make a real impact by supporting people with disability and keeping the community safe.

“I was fortunate enough for the department to put me through a forensic disability course with the University of Melbourne, which was an amazing kind of introduction to understanding forensic disability.” 

Jaclyn Kent, Senior Disability Justice Coordinator, Forensic Disability Services

We are always looking for committed individuals to join our teams at the residential treatment facility in Bundoora and Fairfield.

To receive more information and be contacted when opportunities become available, please register your expression of interest.

Apply now

If you're looking for a change, are interested in a role that is never the same on any given day and provides challenges and opportunities for training and growth, apply now via the Careers in the Victorian government public sector website.

Apply for available roles.

About our services and the roles on offer

Find out more about the wide range of roles and career opportunities available across Forensic Disability Services.

There's a role for you

The following videos offer more information on the roles available, with insights from employees within the different program areas. 

Forensic Disability State-wide Access Service

Forensic Disability State-wide Access Service (FDSAS) operates as a triage and intake entry point for referrals to forensic disability treatment and supports. The service assesses clients for eligibility  and provides initial advice on forensic disability supports, including through a Disability Prison Services Coordinator who assists staff within prison in identifying options for supports for people with a cognitive disability.

Roles available include:

  • Advanced Practitioner
  • Senior Practitioner
  • Disability Prison Services Coordinator
  • Psychologist
  • Management roles.

Position descriptions

About Forensic Disability Services

In this video, the Director Forensic Disability Services describes the role of forensic disability services in supporting clients as well as common reasons for clients offending. Staff describe the key skills needed for people working in this field and some of the challenges and rewards of working with people with a disability who have offended. They also refer to the diverse background of people who work in the service, and the qualities that help them in the role and in understanding how to best assist clients.

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Forensic Residential Services

Forensic Residential Services (FRS) is a network of secure and non-secure houses and units that provide accommodation for a person with forensic disability treatment and support needs, who will also benefit living in a supported environment. These services integrate supports for daily living skills building and positive behaviour provided through a multidisciplinary team. These services aim to provide a therapeutic environment, to support the achievement of beneficial treatment outcomes and goals.

Roles available include:

  • Therapeutic Support Officer
  • Therapeutic Support Leader
  • Unit Manager
  • After Hours Coordinator
  • Liaison Officer
  • Management roles.

Position descriptions

About Forensic Residential Services

In this video, Forensic Residential Services staff describe the type of work they do in the service, as well as how they were able to find work in the department with their qualifications and experience. They mention the challenges they face and how they address those challenges through upskilling and training opportunities. They also refer to the flexibility in the workplace, which allows them to balance their work and personal lives. Staff reflect on how the skills they have developed also benefit them outside of the job and say that their work makes them feel they have the opportunity to make a difference.

Staff can enter the service without any qualifications. Staff develop knowledge and skills related to the justice system and psychological interventions through formal training ‘on the job’ .

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Disability Justice Coordination

This service assesses and coordinates forensic disability supports for a person based on their needs, risks and goals and advocates for any other supports they require through other universal service systems. Disability justice coordinators support the forensic disability client to understand the court process, conditions of bail, parole and/or their order and coordinates access to interventions to reduce their risk of reoffending and any behaviours of concern that contribute to that risk, improve their quality of life and support community safety. 

Roles available include:

  • Disability Justice Coordinator
  • Senior Disability Justice Coordinator
  • Team Leader
  • Liaison Officer
  • Management roles

Position descriptions

About Disability Justice Coordination

In this video, disability justice coordination staff describe their role, as well as the opportunities the role can provide to allow them to grow and move within the service. They describe the opportunities they’ve been given to continue to learn through the job, including further education through university that was funded by the department. They also describe the skills that are needed to best support clients.

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Forensic Disability Clinical Service

This service provides offence-related and offence-specific assessment and treatment programs which are targeted to people with cognitive disability. The programs aim to address criminogenic behaviour, as well as other behaviour of concern related to disability, to reduce risk of offending. This service also provides behaviour support planning and consultancy to other services and providers about the person’s forensic disability treatment and support needs.

Roles available include:

  • Psycho-educational trainer
  • Clinician
  • Practice Leader
  • Management roles.

Position descriptions

About Forensic Disability Clinical Services

In this video, forensic disability clinical services staff describe what their role involves, and the team that they work with. One staff member details how they were able to find employment in the department, and the opportunities they’ve had that allowed them to develop and progress in the role. They further describe how their team works together in order to best assist clients, making their work rewarding and allowing them to make a difference in the community.

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Questions and answers

Common questions and answers about working in the Forensic Disability Services environment.

Your questions answered

There are numerous allowances that may be payable to employees:

  • Qualifications allowance of 4 per cent or up to 6 per cent may be payable depending on qualification level and discipline
  • Clothing allowance of $592.71 per year (pro rata) payable to eligible unit-based employees
  • A First Aid allowance of $21.05 per week (pro rata) for eligible employees
  • Standby and Recall Allowance where applicable as part of the employees roster arrangements Forensic Skills Recognition and Retention Allowance for eligible employees in Forensic Residential Services of 2.5 per cent of the employees annual salary
  • Interpreting or Translating Allowance for employees who performs casual interpreting or translating duties for eligible employees.

Find more information about employee benefits.



The department offers a host of roles that are available to graduates, people transferring from the private sector, individuals who are only just starting their career, and people who are looking for a career change.

We look for the best quality candidates at all levels, and our career structures ensure that you have the best chance possible to develop and grow within your role.

We offer unique roles that are suited to a range of abilities, whether you prefer team or independent-based work, working in an office or directly with clients, there is a position suitable for everybody.

Find more information about the diverse roles we offer.

Career progression

To ensure our workforce is as strong as it can be, we commit to providing training and developmental opportunities to help you upskill in your role and progress in your talents. These opportunities can include further study and educational qualifications, conferences and seminars, and programs to further grow your knowledge.

Work-life balance

We understand that your life can't revolve around your work and that a proper work-life balance is essential. We offer various supports to assist staff in achieving that balance, such as part-time roles, and home-based work. These arrangements are subject to your managers approval.

Employee support

Our employees’ mental and physical wellbeing is highly important to us. Our Employee Wellbeing and Support Program provides services and resources to help you manage your wellbeing.

Our confidential and professional services can assist you with your relationships and family, work-life balance, emotional wellbeing, career stress, physical health, addictions, legal or financial concerns, and more.

More information

Find out more about the benefits of working within the public sector on the Victorian Government website. 

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