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Community Peer Worker, Alcohol & Other Drugs - Port Augusta

Life Without Barriers (National)

About the Organisation

Life Without Barriers is a leading social purpose organisation of 7,000 employees working in more than 440 communities across Australia. We partner with people (including those with a disability, in out of home care, experiencing homelessness, drug and alcohol misuse, who may suffer mental illness, are refugees and older persons) to change lives for the better.

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

Life Without Barriers is seeking a Community Peer Worker to provide assertive and targeted outreach support to people referred to the innovative Assertive Outreach Drug and Alcohol Program, Next Steps.

This new service is rolled out in Port Augusta and the contract on offer is full-time until 30 June 2021 with the possibility of 12 months extension due to funding.

This role is to provide individual one to one psychosocial support services which focus on consumer determination, empowerment, hope and belief that recovery from an addiction is possible. You will be a resource for providing support, education and innovative strategies to participants engaging in the Life Without Barriers service.

Key Responsibilities

  • Engage and develop rapport with clients to understand their needs and to help them identify problems and areas for improvement and implement effective solutions.
  • Encourage and support clients to achieve their goals, sharing openly your own story when appropriate to do so, to engender hope and demonstrate a positive role model.
  • Liaise with Support Workers to support clients to develop their own support plans in partnership with Life Without Barriers Support Workers, Community services and carers.
  • Maintain accurate case notes, up to date case plans and files.
  • Support Life Without Barriers to reduce the stigma associated with addiction through involvement and/or support of a community education program.
  • Provide a lived experience knowledge base for staff to liaise with and work with members of the team to participate in the planning of the Life Without Barriers induction of new staff from interview to orientation.

Skills & Experience

  • Must have a lived experience of addiction and a level of recovery that enable you to share personal lived experience.
  • Minimum Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs and/or Peer Work.
  • Current Senior First Aid Certificate.
  • Current Driver Licence.
  • Previous experience in working with people who have a mental health issue and who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the Recovery Framework and the underlying principles.
  • 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. 

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).


  • Work within a team passionate about facilitating positive changes for people
  • great salary packaging benefits topping up your take home money
  • Ongoing training, support and career opportunities

How to Apply

Include your resume and covering letter combined in one document, click 'Apply' and follow the prompts.

For any enquiries including persons with disability that require adjustments, contact Manon Timmermans at recruitment@lwb.org.au, using the subject line: Community Peer Worker, Alcohol & Other Drugs - Port Augusta enquiry via EthicalJobs.

We are dedicated to playing our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and bring continuity of care and support to our clients. With this in mind, if you are successful, we will discuss with you an alternative to a face to face interview.

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