NADA Events

Consultation on the development of a core competency framework for the non government AOD sector
  • Event type:
  • Consultation
  • Date:
  • 20/11/2017
  • Venue:
  • Rydges Sydney Central - 28 Albion St,Surry Hills,
  • Host:
  • You are invited to participate in a consultation to inform the development of a core competency framework for the non government AOD sector in NSW. We are particularly interested in hearing from frontline workers.

    The consultation will be held on Monday 20 November at 2.30 pm - 4.30 pm at Rydges Sydney Central, 28 Albion Street, Surry Hills. The consultation will followed by networking drinks. All NADA members are encouraged to attend.

    What is this consultation about?

    This consultation aims to identify the core knowledge, skills and attributes that are required to work in the non government AOD sector, from an entry, through to specialist level.

    Development of a core competency framework for the non government AOD sector is a key activity under the NADA Workforce Development Plan 2016-2019. The project is instrumental to realising the Plan’s vision – a diverse and sustainable workforce that is competent, capable and supported to meet client needs.

    What is a ‘core competency’?

    A ‘core competency’ refers to the knowledge, skills and attributes that all community based AOD professionals require regardless of their role, background or employment setting.

    Why do we need a competency framework?

    Community based AOD services are seeing an increase in individuals presenting with multiple and complex needs. Some of the reasons for this relate to:

    • an ageing population
    • an increasing culturally and linguistically diverse population
    • the increasing burden of chronic health conditions
    • changing patterns of AOD use and the emergence of new psychoactive substances.

    Developing a core competency framework for the non government AOD sector will assist in supporting the workforce to be flexible and adaptive to keep pace with changing service demands.

    Competency frameworks can also assist in:

    • Strengthening shared understandings – Competency frameworks help to develop a shared language and common understanding of the work being undertaken in the non government AOD sector.
    • Enhancing professional recognition – Competency frameworks are practical and provide a mechanism for recognising the knowledge, skills and contribution of professionals working in the sector.
    • Maintaining quality and consistency – Competency frameworks define the minimum standards of practice for providing effective services.
    • Enhancing accountability and performance – Competency frameworks provide a means to benchmark performance against best practice standards.
    • Strengthening individual worker development – Competency frameworks can be used by workers to make sure they’re on track and identity areas to focus their professional development.
    • Strengthening organisational development – Competency frameworks can be used as a tool to support workforce planning, recruitment and selection, and identify areas to focus training and development support.
    • Strengthening training and education – Core competency frameworks can be used to guide training and education providers to ensure students are trained to an appropriate standard.

    Want to know more?

    Please contact Sianne on sianne@nada.org.au or 0410 303 616 if you have any questions.