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Lived Experience Peer Cadet

Mind Australia
  • Experience on the job training at a Drop In Carer support service whilst you study to deliver recovery-orientated services to clients with mental ill health
  • Fixed Term, Part Time role | 22.8 hours per week, 10 months
  • Bendigo Location

Mind strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, people with a lived and living experience of mental distress and recovery, and applicants from all cultures, genders, sexualities, bodies, abilities, spiritualties, ages and backgrounds.

Mind Australia is one of the country’s leading community-managed specialist mental health service providers with a range of residential, mobile outreach, centre based and online services. Mind has been supporting people experiencing mental health and wellbeing challenges to find help, hope and purpose in their lives for more than 45 years.

We provide practical and motivational support that helps people to develop the skills they need to move on, thrive and improve the quality of their lives. It’s an approach to mental health and wellbeing that looks at the whole person in the context of their daily life. Mind is committed to diversity and social inclusion. 

About the role

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Connect service is a carer led service established to support family and carers of people with a Lived experience of mental ill-health and/or distress.

We are seeking a resilient, self-motivated Peer Cadets for a 10 month Fixed Term, Part Time (22.8 hours per week) opportunity in the drop in carer support service in the Bendigo area. You will be supported to deliver personalised support services and works collaboratively with clients to achieve their recovery goals through one-to-one support, shared supports, workshops and group work facilitation to enhance recovery, personal growth and activities of daily living.

This role is open to all with a lived/living experience of mental health challenges, using services and/or distress. Lived/Living experience of caring for someone with mental health challenges, using services and/or distress is highly desirable as placement will be in a carer led service.

To be eligible

To be eligible, applicants must submit a covering letter that addresses their ‘Lived Experience’, as well as provide evidence of enrolment in the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work before commencement of the cadetship period.

Applicants will also need to meet the selection criteria defined by participating organisations.

Online information sessions

Understanding more about what peer work is, and what the Peer Cadet Program involves, can help you make sure this is the right opportunity for you. Applicants must watch a pre-recorded session before applying. 

We invite potential candidates to watch one of our information sessions (online) to find out more about the program. Program leads from participating organisations will also be available to answer any questions you may have about this opportunity.

The agenda items for the information session are as follows:

  • About the Peer Cadet Program
  • What Is Peer Work
  • Why I chose Peer Work
  • What to Consider Before Applying to Become a Peer Cadet
  • Peer Cadetship Expectations
  • Peer Cadet Program Host Organisations
  • The Application Process
  • Question Time

Recorded information session

Further information and will be available on the department of Health website Lived Experience Peer Cadet Program | health.vic.gov.au

Questions about the program can be emailed to [email protected].  

Key responsibilities

  • Demonstrate knowledge and abilities gained from both an individuals lived/living experiences, collective impacts and Lived Expertise, and be able to support the development of these approaches across the reach of Mind’s work
  • Work in a way that is informed by Mind’s Lived Experience Strategy, Peer Work Framework and Model of Peer Work to guide your work.
  • Support your team to understand and deliver services and approaches that are consistent with recovery-oriented practice from a peer/Lived Experience perspective.
  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team offering specialised psychosocial support.
  • Collaborate with a range of services and the community to ensure a co-ordinated, integrated response to client’s recovery goals.

What you’ll bring

  • Must be currently undertaking Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work
  • Intentional Peer Support (IPS) and/or Alt2Su training desirable but not mandatory
  • Ability to draw on Mind’s Peer Work Framework and Model of Peer Work to guide your work
  • Experience in Community Services, Mental Health, Disability, Social Welfare, Housing, Healthcare or Government sectors is desirable.
  • Demonstrated understanding of available community services, networks and supports is desirable.


  • Salary packaging up to $15,899 p.a. allows you to allocate a portion of your pre-tax income to cover living expenses (e.g. rent, mortgage, child care, car leasing expenses etc.)
  • Option to access Meal and Entertainment allowance up to $2,650 p.a. via Salary Packaging.
  • Professional development through regular supervision sessions


To obtain a position description and apply online click Apply Now to visit Mind Careers - reference number 495141. Online applications must be submitted by the closing date. Please contact the person below if you require more information. 

Tim McGregor, Lived Experience Project Lead

[email protected]

The successful applicant is required to complete comprehensive reference and background checking prior to employment, including a Working with Children Check, NDIS Workers Screening Check and the ability to obtain vaccinations against COVID-19.

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