Safety charges for Victorian Justice

Ulises Izquierdo

An attack on a Parkville Youth Justice Centre worker in 2018 has led WorkSafe to lay charges on Victoria's Justice Department for alleged health and safety breaches.

Two charges have been filed at the Melbourne Magistrates Court and will be heard on January 6 after a Parkville worker had hot liquid thrown in his face in December 2018.

WorkSafe argues the Department of Justice failed to provide and maintain a safe working environment without risks to health.

"This prosecution helps bring change. Employers including government agencies must ensure their workers are safe at work," a Community and Public Sector Union spokesman said.

"It says that youth justice workers are respected for what they do and that risks faced can be and should be addressed."

CPSU also claimed the attacker "will face the full force of the law for the cowardly assault on a worker who's there just trying to help young people who are behind bars."

Melbourne's troubled Parkville youth justice centre has continued to experience acts of violence in the past few months.

Two guards hospitalised after separate attacks in July. This incident came about a month after a youth worker at Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre was allegedly bashed with a cricket bat and kicked, prompting a lockdown.

The last attack suffered in Parkville in November also put the centre in lockdown, days after a trio of inmates assaulted three guards during a food fight.