​What is a Psycho​​logist?

Psychologists are experts in human behaviour. They use scientific methods to study the factors that influence the way that people think, feel and learn, and use evidence-based strategies and interventions to help people overcome challenges and improve their mental health.

Working a​s a Psychologist with CSNSW

Psychologists employed by Corrective Services New South Wales (CSNSW) work directly with offenders in custody and recently-released offenders who have been reintroduced into the community.

Our psychologists work in a wide variety of interesting and complex roles.  We have roles all over NSW that work closely with offenders in both the community and within correctional centres. Psychologists work with high risk, violent and complex offenders and make a significant contribution to their assessment and provision of programs and services while in custody or under orders.

Psychology work in Corrective Services is stable, satisfying and well paid with opportunities for career diversity and growth. It is suited to registered psychologists who enjoy working within multidisciplinary teams, have strong communication skills and are passionate about the Department of Justice priorities to reduce reoffending and maintain community safety. 

The work of psychologists plays an important part in the assessment, programs and services provision to offenders, which is geared towards reducing their risk of re-offending. In correctional centres, psychologists work as part of interdisciplinary teams to manage offenders with self-harm and suicide risks, offenders with mental health and cognitive impairments, and / or offenders who present with institutionally disruptive or violent behaviours.

In Corrective Services, psychologists work with Community Correctional Officers to manage reintegration from custody to community, and to assist offenders to comply with the conditions of their community-based supervision orders. All psychologists in both custody and community provide assessments, risk management advice and some direct interventions for sex and violent offenders.

Corrective Services also employs staff psychologists who provide support services to staff.

Application Requirements

Applicants for Psychologist positions with CSNSW must hold full registration as a Clinical Psychologist with AHPRA.

Applicants must show demonstrated experience in a wide range of assessments and intervention with adult mental health consumers, and specific training in cognitive behavioral and other evidence based treatments.

Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills, interpersonal and problem solving skills.

Evidence in database use and computer literacy.

Ability to work as a member of a multidisciplinary team and with other teams and organisations. Understanding of and commitment to recovery orientated services and consumer involvement in service design, implementation and evaluation.

Knowledge of current national and state strategic directions in mental health.

Completion of an Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC) approved Masters or Doctorate Degree in Clinical Neuropsychology or Clinical Psychology.

How to apply for a Psychologist position with CSNSW

The recruitment process involves:

  • Submission of a resume (no more than 5 pages) and cover letter
  • Completion of relevant psychometric or work based assessments
  • Interview
  • Referee and conduct and service checks
  • Criminal records and any other relevant probity checks
  • You must be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Qualified registered psychologist (forensic or clinical)

Explore our current vacancies on iworkfor.nsw.gov.au. ​

Apply now​​​​

​Apply for a Psychologist role ​at iwork​for.nsw.gov.au.

Re​​​​lated information

​​​​​About Corrective Services NSW​

Correctional Centre Loc​ations

Employment policies and information

Custodial Recruitment Process

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