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Youth Drug and Alcohol Caseworker - Newcastle

Wesley Mission
  • Wesley Community and Family Care
  • Based in Newcastle, covering Newcastle and Maitland
  • Full-time role with an assigned vehicle and salary packaging benefits

About us

Wesley Mission is a high profile, multi-faceted Christian organisation making a real difference in the community. We work with the most disadvantaged in our community by providing over 200 services ranging from aged care, homeless services, child and family care, counselling, employment, training and education, and health services.

Our Vision is “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”

About the program

Wesley Mission has a real mission – to reach out to a community with real needs. Through witness, work and with the help of supporters we can turn lives around for good. As part of Wesley’s Community and Family Care group, the Youth Drug and Alcohol Caseworker is funded by HNE Health to provide information / referral, education, specialist casework and group work interventions to young people in Newcastle and the Hunter. This includes provision of AOD early and brief intervention and harm minimisation activities for young people aged 12-25 years in the Newcastle and Lower Hunter regions. Our service is based out of Newcastle and includes:

  • responsive, informed, case work service for young people 12-25 years old
  • information, referral and brief assistance
  • therapeutic groups such as; Smart Recovery and other trauma informed groups in schools and centers
  • drug and alcohol community education groups in schools
  • community events supported with drug and alcohol information including; harm minimisation, prevention strategies and referrals
  • partnerships with local providers and schools to enhance the awareness of drug and alcohol issues and treatments in the local community.

About the role

The Youth Drug and Alcohol Caseworker will provide service via one-on-one short to long term interventions, group and community events to young people 12-25 years who need information, assessment and treatment interventions for Alcohol and other Drugs.

Wesley Mission provides regular supervision and support for all staff as well as a range of opportunities for professional development and staff benefits. This is a child-related position and preferred applicants will be required to undergo a Working with Children Check and criminal record history check.

The Wesley Child, Youth and Family team is committed to ensuring our workforce reflects the communities we work within. Whilst not a requirement, we strongly encourage people from the following background/s to apply:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Identifying as LGBTQIA+
  • People of colour (e.g. identifying as cultural, religious and/or ethnically diverse)

Essential criteria

  • A degree in Social Work, Social Science or Psychology or a Diploma of Alcohol and other Drugs and a minimum of 2 years’ experience in the field
  • Demonstrated experience working and engaging with young people aged 12-25 years, using effective case management and counselling strategies
  • Registration or eligibility for membership with relevant profession/discipline body
  • Possess experience in group work facilitation with young people with a strong ability to present educational programs to large audiences
  • Have a valid NSW driver’s licence
  • The ability to self-manage and practice high-level organisational skills, time management skills and self-direction
  • Knowledge and experience of contemporary practice approaches in the alcohol and other drug sector with young people
  • Outline your experience of working with young people including comprehensive assessment, intervention, evidenced-based counselling models of care, and your ability to apply case management principals
  • A broad understanding of the AOD service system within Newcastle and Maitland NSW
  • Proven ability to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds
  • High-level written and verbal communication skills, with experience developing case summaries and completing child protection reports and entering this information into electronic client management systems
  • Willingness to affirm Wesley Mission’s vision, mission and values
  • Current Working with Children’s Check.

Desirable criteria

  • Qualifications and/or experience in working with young people who have emerging or early signs of mental ill health.


Salary and employment conditions are in accordance with the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010, Level 4, with capacity for salary packaging. Superannuation is paid in addition at 9.5%.

Wesley Mission is a Christian organisation requiring all staff to affirm its values and Worker code of conduct. We are committed to providing an environment in which children can feel safe and valued.

The suitable applicant will be subject to the relevant pre-employment checks for appointment to positions within Wesley Mission (including provision of a valid Working with Children Check clearance number). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

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