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Community Peer Worker - Alcohol & Other Drugs

Life Without Barriers
  • Work for one of Australia's largest Social Purpose organisations
  • Have lived experience of recovery from substance misuse
  • Part Time (0.5 FTE), 12 month contract 

About the Organisation

Life Without Barriers is a leading social purpose, not for profit organisation of 7,000 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

The Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) program provides 1:1 individual counselling and group sessions to people with identifiable alcohol and/or other drugs dependency and/or concerned parents or significant others. LWB offers these services in targeted country and metropolitan regions in South Australia and also connects clients in this program to other agencies and organisations that can provide further assistance. 

Life Without Barriers are currently seeking a part-time (0.5FTE) Peer Worker to join the Alcohol and Other Drugs Team based in the Salisbury office on a 12 month contract. In this role you will draw on your own lived experience of recovery from substance misuse, to instil confidence and hope in others about the journey of recovery. You must have a lived experience of your own substance misuse and a good understanding of your own processes of recovery. You must be willing to purposefully use your own story to help others further their own understanding of their recovery. 

Key Responsibilities 

  • Provide peer support to people who are living with (or have experienced) alcohol and/or other drugs misuse, through the understanding of common experiences, a sense of community, and the sharing of knowledge and education. 
  • Build trust with peers who are untrusting of mainstream services, in order to improve service access.• Be involved in the facilitation and evaluation of both educational and therapeutic support groups. 
  • Support the capacity building of the alcohol and/or other drugs workforce and community through community education presentations.
  • Provide lived experience consultation and advice in program design, service delivery, and evaluation.
  • Support the recruitment of staff within the AOD program by participating on recruitment panels.
  • Challenge stigma and the barriers of discrimination to support the overall reduction of stigma towards substance-using populations. 

Skills & Experience 

  • Certificate IV in Community Services – Alcohol and other Drugs (willingness to obtain)
  • Lived experience of substance misuse
  • Well-developed verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work with people from Diverse Cultural Backgrounds with specific reference to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Demonstrated ability to positively engage, interact and work with people who have complex needs
  • Current Driver Licence

Successful candidates will be required to clear probity checks including National Criminal History Record Check and Working with Children Check (where relevant to the role). 


  • Salary Packaging providing tax benefits available for living and entertainment expenses
  • Diverse and inclusive organisation
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) 

How to apply

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