Published January 8, 2019
Last Modified January 9, 2019
The Salvation Army
9 Roden Street, West Melbourne, Australia
Job Type
Contact Phone Number
Closing Date
January 21, 2019

Job Description

  • Fantastic opportunity to work in a dynamic, collaborative and supportive team
  • Progressive, well respected non-government organisations
  • Bright, friendly, professional and skilled team
  • Salary packaging benefits

The Salvation Army’s Adult Services Network is seeking to recruit a suitably qualified and experienced AOD Practitioner to join the team of the Homelessness Alcohol & Other Drugs (HAOD) program. Based at Flagstaff Accommodation and The Open Door, North Melbourne, this position works closely with other program staff, engaging the facilities’ residents experiencing AOD-related issues:

  • Providing strengths-based, client-centred support to address AOD issues;
  • Engaging residents in safer using strategies, including operation of a secondary NSP;
  • Promoting drug treatment options and assistance to engage with treatment services.

The Position

The HAOD program employs creative and flexible engagement approaches derived from Harm Reduction and Community Development to provide opportunities for facility residents to engage in AOD support. These include regular drop-in sessions, therapeutic and educational group work, and individual support sessions. AOD Practitioners also provide support to access maintain drug treatment pathways, as well as referral strategies to match individuals with services addressing co-occurring and often complex life issues and situations. These are central elements of Care & Recovery Coordination, a recognised short-term service type which the service provides.

Successful applicants will have a current, valid Victorian driver’s licence. A Working with Children Check is also a requirement.


Pay range: $72,527 to $76,064 - as determined within the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 and the National Employment Standards, Social Stream Level 5, pay point to be determined on experience.

  • This position can access generous salary packaging arrangements.
  • The Salvation Army is a provider of quality professional training and development opportunities.
  • Fixed term contract until 30 June 2019, with probable funding extension.
  • Full-time (38 hours/week) – operating Monday to Friday.

Further Information and Application

For a position description and application form please go to and click the “download” link at the top of the page or contact us at

For further queries contact Brendan Fitzhenry on 9329 5777

    1. Your application must include a covering letter, resume and completed application form. The covering letter must address the following competencies in the position description, relating them to your training, skills, and experience.
    2. Send completed applications, including all documents, to Office Manager at or by mail to Office Manager, PO Box 506 North Melbourne, 3051.
    3. Applications must be submitted by COB, Monday January 21st, 2018.

All positions are subject to a reference check, a police check and probationary period.  The Salvation Army is an equal opportunity employer.

Key Selection Criteria

Alcohol & Other Drugs

  • Demonstrates knowledge of AOD sector including role, context, principles, philosophies, policies, regulations and legislation
  • Understands and applies AOD models, approaches and theories in accordance with the Territorial AOD Strategy

  • Understands and applies a wide range of evidence-based engagement & harm reduction interventions
  • Demonstrates clinical skills of intervention such as history taking, case formulation, intervention planning, delivery and evaluation
  • Identifies and uses appropriate strategies to deal with challenging or high risk situations, including knowing when to deescalate and when to seek assistance
  • Ability to work effectively with people who exhibit multiple and complex needs, including dual diagnosis

Time & task management

  • Self-monitors task completion
  • Works within program- and externally-set deadlines as directed

Service Delivery

  • Focuses on best practice outcomes for service users