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Support Worker - Sobering Up Unit

The Salvation Army


We are looking for compassionate people who share our mission and values, if you have the passion and drive to commit yourself to a challenging and rewarding role; we invite you to review our current vacancies.


The Salvation Army is one of Australia's largest and most-loved charities, helping thousands of Australians every year find hope in the midst of all kinds of personal hardship. The Salvation Army offers the opportunity to use your professional skills and expertise to make a real difference in the lives of people who need help most.

The Salvation Army is one of Australia's largest providers of alcohol and other drug services. We offer a range of services including Harm Reduction and Primary Health Services as well as a range of treatment types (including residential treatment centres, community-based support programs, counselling and withdrawal management services). We work to a modern, evidence based and holistic Model of Care which can be viewed here: https://www.salvationarmy.org.au/scribe/sites/auesalvos/files/need-help/AOD_National_Model_of_Care.pdf

The Sobering Up Unit is our 30 bed facility that provides shelter, support referrals and advocacy for persons who are assessed as requiring a safe place to sober up or recover from the immediate effects of alcohol and drug use. The unit also caters for people apprehended under the Public Intoxication Act (PIA) in South Australia.


As a support worker you will work as part of a close knit team in an environment that can be challenging at times. You will have knowledge of; harm minimisation as it relates to alcohol and other drugs, pharmacology, and the application of the Public Intoxication Act. In this role you will have a keen focus on maintaining our collaborative approaches to client service delivery.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Certificate IV in Community Services or allied health field, or currently studying same
  • A working knowledge of accommodation and support options relevant to clients with complex support needs and substance use issues
  • Ability to work in culturally appropriate ways
  • A commitment to working with homeless people and an understanding of their needs
  • Competent level of written and oral communication and computer literacy, in particular data entry
  • An ability to work effectively within a team structure

We have several casual positions available. Support Workers work a 24/7 rotating roster and are remunerated at Level 2 under the Social, Community, Home Care & Disability Services Award 2010.
The preferred applicants will be asked to consent to a police check prior to an offer of employment.

The Salvation Army is an Equal Opportunity Employer who provides an inclusive work environment and embraces the diverse talent of its people.

The Salvation Army is a child safe organisation that is committed to ensuring the wellbeing of children and young people, and protecting them from harm. All child facing roles will require the successful completion of a Working with Children Check. Applicants for all other roles require a mandatory National Police Check.

We value Integrity, Compassion, Respect, Diversity, and Collaboration.

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