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Alcohol & Other Drug Counsellor - Whyalla

Employer: Life Without Barriers
Work Type/s: Contract, Full Time
Classification/s: Mental Health & Counselling, Alcohol & Other Drugs
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Regional SA

Job posted on: 21 January, 2019.
Applications close: 21 January, 2019. (Expired)

  • Work for one of Australia's largest Social Purpose organisations
  • Growing organisation with great career opportunities
  • Full time, maximum term contract o June 2019
  • Whyalla based

About the Organisation

Life Without Barriers is a leading social purpose, not for profit organisation of 5,600 employees working in more than 440 communities across Australia. We support children, young people and families, people with disability, older people and people with mental illness. We work with people who are homeless and refugees and asylum seekers.   

We want to employ people who reflect the diversity of our clients to ensure we can support each client's individual needs and wants. We encourage people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background and people with disability to apply.

About the Role

An exciting opportunity exists for a full-time Alcohol and Other Drug Counsellor to join our dedicated team with the position based in Whyalla on a contract basis until 30 June 2019. Travel throughout the above regional area may be required.

The AOD Counsellor will support the program by providing assessment, and 1:1 individualised counselling to people with identifiable drug and/or other drugs dependency who have been referred by the Police Drug Diversion Line. Duties for this role will include: assessing referred clients, providing treatment interventions and delivering counselling sessions. Other duties may include contributing to the team's local community-based initiatives.  

You will be committed to making a real contribution to our services and the outcomes we achieve in the community. You will have demonstrated knowledge and experience in supporting individuals with substance misuse issues using a range of evidence based therapeutic and recovery orientated interventions.

Skills & Experience

  • Minimum Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs or equivalent / relevant degree in Human Services.
  • Demonstrated experience in counselling individuals using a range of intervention techniques. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of a range of therapeutic approaches to support individuals with substance abuse problems. 
  • Demonstrated interpersonal/communication skills, including verbal, written and negotiation. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds with specific reference to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective networks and relationships. 
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality. 
  • Current driver's license

Successful candidates will be required to clear probity checks including a DCSI (Department of Community and Social Inclusion) Child Related employment screening and National Criminal History Record Check.


  • Opportunity to work for one of Australia's largest social purpose organisations
  • make a difference to peoples’ lives
  • Excellent tax benefits

How to apply for this job

This job ad has now expired, and applications are no longer being accepted.