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Forensic AOD Assessor - Bendigo

  • Looking for an AOD role with a difference?
  • Do you want to work for a growing, values driven not-for-profit?
  • Do you have a strong belief in humanity and the basic right to a second chance?

If you answered yes, we want to hear from you! We have the opportunity for Forensic alcohol and other drug (AOD) assessors to join us in our COATS program in the Loddon Malee (Bendigo) region of Victoria. We’d love to hear from people who are motivated by working with a team of skilled and knowledgeable staff, innovative in finding solutions, and passionate about the right to a second chance.

Part time position available!

A little bit about ACSO

The Australian Community Support Organisation (ACSO) is a dynamic, values driven NFP, focused on partnering with government and the community to co-design services that create real social change. We’re an organisation with a bold vision to create a safe and inclusive community freed of crime and prisons. It’s our goal to reduce re-offending, and our mission is to help people transition from prison, assist them in the community, stop them from re-offending, and intervene to divert others from committing crime.

The program and the role

Our COATS program is a state-wide intake, assessment and referral service that administers both state and commonwealth funded treatment pathways for clients in contact with the justice system. COATS provides specialist assessments for clients being considered for, or placed on, community corrections orders that include AOD assess and treat conditions.

Assessments either take place in community or in prison when a client is placed on parole. Our assessors also undertake assessments for the Adult Parole Board (looking at mandated post release treatment) and for the courts (for presentencing purposes). Forensic AOD assessors are responsible for assessing, writing high-quality clinical forensic assessment reports and developing realistic treatment plans for Justice clients across Victoria.

What we’re looking for?

  • Minimum of certificate IV or diploma qualification in alcohol and other drugs
  • Minimum one years’ prior experience in the AOD, mental health or forensic sector working with complex clients
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills and conflict management skills
  • The ability to gather information through assessment, and formulate findings and recommendations utilizing strong report writing skills
  • Experience working with clients with forensic backgrounds, and the ability to work in various settings, including prison environments
  • Eligibility to enter Victorian prisons
  • An extensive background working with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people will be highly regarded.

What ACSO can offer you

  • 1 x part time 0.6FTE position available (3 days per week)
  • A supportive and collaborative team and leaders
  • A challenging yet rewarding position
  • $67-68k base salary (at 1.0FTE) + superanuation + Great NFP salary packaging options
  • Annual leave loading

ACSO embraces diversity within its workforce and as such encourages applications from appropriately qualified and skilled people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including those from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage. ACSO acknowledges the traditional Aboriginal owners of country throughout Victoria and pays respect to them, their culture and their Elders, past, present and future.

A full Position Description is attached below.

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