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Forensic AOD Assessors x2 - RAPIDS

Employer: ACSO
Work Type/s: Full Time
Classification/s: Alcohol & Other Drugs, Social Work, Mental Health & Counselling
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Melbourne

Job posted on: 10 September, 2019.
Applications close: 24 September, 2019.

  • 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 two Forensic alcohol and other drug (AOD) assessors to join us in our RAPIDS team in the state of Victoria, based in our Richmond office. 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.

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

The Responsive Assessment, Planning, Intervention & Diversion Service (RAPIDS) was first established in 2012 with the aim of providing forensic alcohol and other drugs assessment and bridging support service to high risk forensic clients. RAPIDS forensic AOD assessors are responsible for providing expedited assessment, writing high-quality clinical forensic reports and developing treatment plans for Justice clients across Victoria. RAPIDS provides an assertive outreach service, which aims to engage with clients who are at significant risk of harm due to substance misuse and dependence. The service is available statewide and utilises Videolink technology where required to engage with regional or rural areas.

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 utilising 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:

  • 2 x full time positions available
  • $67k full time base salary + 9.5 % superannuation + NFP salary packaging options (more after tax $ in your pocket! $79k approx. package)
  • A supportive and collaborative team and leaders
  • A challenging yet rewarding position
  • Learning opportunities and career development
  • Annual leave loading

A full position description is available below.

How to apply for this job

To apply please visit our careers website at and provide a copy of your resume, along with a brief covering letter outlining your responses to the selection criteria (outlined in the PD available on our website). Applications close 24 September 2019.

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.

Supporting materials  Forensic AOD Assessor PD September 2017.pdf