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Peer support worker - lived experience

Katoomba and Lithgow
Lives Lived Well
Lives Lived Well


Dianella Cottage – Katoomba and Lithgow
Peer Support Worker – Lived Experience
  • Join an innovative and specialised not for profit organisation in AOD services
  • Work together with communities to improve wellbeing and cultural connection.
  • Receive additional wellbeing days off & salary packaging
About Lives Lived Well
Mental health concerns and alcohol and drug dependency can make life really tough – and too often people find themselves grappling with economic challenges and social isolation as well. Our driving belief is that “with the right support people can change”.  We are a progressive, for purpose organisation, delivering leading edge clinical services aimed at supporting people to live their lives well.  We are growing fast in Queensland and New South Wales – in size, geographic footprint, service diversity and clinical innovation. 
About the service
Dianella Cottage has offices in Katoomba and Lithgow and provides trauma-informed, evidence-based alcohol and drug counselling, groups, case management, outreach and Aftercare.

About the role
The Peer Support Worker role honours and harnesses the unique and invaluable learnings of the lived experience of drug or alcohol challenges, treatment, and the recovery journey. This role-modelling and relatability provides clients with hope and optimism about their own circumstances and recovery journey, and valuable tools to help them on their way. The successful candidate will collaborate with our clients to provide effective peer connection within recovery-oriented and trauma informed frameworks.

This position is embedded in the clinical service and provides support alongside clinicians under a shared care framework. Peer Support is a core component of the treatment and support options available to our clients.

This is a permanent part time opportunity, working 22.8 hours per week – 1 day at Katoomba and 2 days at Lithgow.

Primary responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
  • Provide high quality engagement and support services to clients and their families using evidence-based practice principles
  • Facilitate a range of peer-support and therapeutic group programs
  • Practice in a manner that complies with relevant standards and guidelines
  • Form and develop partnerships with key stakeholders and facilitate the intake and assessment process in collaboration with other service providers
  • Work with clients - and, where appropriate, their families - to develop, implement and review individual treatment goals, which include discharge plans
The base salary range per annum for this role is $67,263.04 – $72,124.00 (pro rata) dependent on skills, qualifications and experience.

Under s25 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991, there is a genuine occupational requirement for the incumbent to have a personal lived experience of substance dependence and or Mental ill-health, service use and recovery. 

For further information about the role please head to our careers page.

Ready to join us?
Here is what we have on offer:
  • Wellness leave – up to 5 extra paid days off each year.
  • Salary packaging – full salary packaging can increase your take home pay by approx. $6k per annum subject to the number of hours worked.
  • A focus on wellbeing – self-care, support and a holistic view of health and wellness.
  • Learning opportunities – a comprehensive induction program and ongoing capability development.
  • We will listen to you. Our people have important insights.


About you
The successful candidate will share our passion and commitment to service delivery excellence.  Additionally, you will possess the following:
  • A lived experience of substance use recovery and treatment in an Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) service
  • Previous experience in a Peer Support role or similar consumer support or lived experience role in an AOD service
  • Demonstrated experience and effectiveness in working considerately and non-judgmentally with people from diverse backgrounds, experiencing complex challenges
  • Demonstrated experience facilitating or co-facilitating recovery or support groups
  • High level written and verbal communication skills
  • Basic computer skills including Microsoft Office Programs; Word, Excel,
  • Certificate 4 in Alcohol and Other Drugs or similar and Knowledge and understanding of trauma informed care practice will be highly regarded.

How to apply?

Click ‘apply’ and go to our LLW Careers page and submit your application. Please note we only accept applications through our Careers page.

We will commence shortlisting as soon as applications are received, so don’t delay!
Please note: Previous candidates need not apply. 
For questions or information about the role, email

Lives Lived Well is an equal employment opportunity employer. We encourage applications from a diverse range of social, cultural and gender backgrounds that reflect our community including First Peoples.

Confirmation of employment will be subject to candidate's possession of a Current Australian Drivers License, Working with Children Check and completed Australian Criminal History

Applications close: 31 Mar 2023

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