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AOD transition worker

Community Restorative Centre
Community Restorative Centre


"The opposite of addiction isn’t sobriety. It’s connection.”
(Johann Hari)
  • Part time 4 days (30 hours) per week
  • Contract to 30th June 2024
  • $42.25 gross per hour + super + generous salary packaging
Are you a dedicated, passionate worker with experience in providing culturally safe and trauma informed AOD counselling and support? Want to make a real difference in assisting people exiting prison to address problematic drug and alcohol use?
CRC is excited to be recruiting for an AOD Transition worker to join a team of dedicated professionals in our award winning AOD Transition Program. And we’d love to hear from you.  
  • Play a key part in a program with proven results, and contribute to long-lasting change for our clients and the community
  • Join a diverse and passionate team in a flexible and supportive organisation  
We want to hear from people from all backgrounds, including those with lived experience of the criminal justice system and substance use. The skills and experiences of First Nations people will be particularly valued.
The Opportunity
As an AOD Transition Worker, you’ll be at the heart of a high-impact team. You’ll use holistic, therapeutic social and emotional wellbeing counselling and support on an outreach basis for people with substance use issues who are leaving NSW Correctional Centres.
Using a throughcare model focusing on the complex transition from incarceration into the community, your role includes:  
  • Project and client support: You’ll actively build positive relationships with Government, community and other services to source relevant support. AOD counselling and support with clients in the community, receiving and assessing referrals, and project administration will make up most of your day. You’ll approach every task with empathy, keeping our clients’ goals front and centre.
  • Helping clients address problematic drug and alcohol use: Using an outreach model pre- and post-release, you’ll play a vital role helping clients to overcome barriers to accessing AOD services and provide a continuity of support for those who have participated in drug and alcohol programs while in custody. The goal? To improve the physical, psychological, social and emotional wellbeing of clients, and reducing recidivism.
  • Data, administrative and assessment duties: While the majority of this job involves client-facing duties, data collection will be an important part of your role. You’ll conduct general administrative duties, Workplace Health and Safety monitoring, and updating and maintaining accurate case files.
  • Cultural safety: You’ll work in culturally appropriate ways in recognition of the unique cultural needs and over-representation of First Nations people in the criminal justice system.  
Your usual work hours will be 4 days per week, between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, with occasional out-of-hours work, as required.
Why work for us?  
  • Support programs that aim to break entrenched cycles of disadvantage, homelessness and imprisonment
  • Be part of a community-based agency that has been delivering effective services in our field for over 70 years
  • Join a dedicated, energetic team with a culture of trust, integrity and respect
  • Be part of a flexible and supportive workplace including benefits such as Wellbeing Leave
  • Access the support of Cultural Supervision for First Nations staff  
CRC works with some of the state’s most stigmatised and marginalised people, and we are dedicated to providing them with the help they need. While our work can sometimes be challenging, the rewards are significant.


To join us, you’ll need:  
  • Significant experience and/or relevant qualification(s) in drug and alcohol counselling and support
  • Knowledge and experience of working with complex and compounding needs such as criminal justice system involvement, AOD, intellectual disability or cognitive impairment, and mental illness.
  • A current NSW Driver Licence
  • A current NSW Working with Children Check and Criminal Record Check (please note, a criminal record is not a barrier to being considered for a role with CRC. However, this position requires a criminal record check as part of seeking access to prisons as an Authorised Visitor)
  • Demonstrated cultural competency and knowledge of issues relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and CALD communities  

How to apply?

Click HERE to apply 

We are committed to achieving a diverse and culturally safe workforce, and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from CALD backgrounds for the non-Identified positions.

Do you have the skills, positivity and work ethic to match our amazing team? Applications will close when a suitable applicant is found. So please apply now!!

Applications close: 31 May 2023

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