Published September 6, 2022
Last Modified September 5, 2022
The Salvation Army
Job Type
Closing Date
September 29, 2022

Job Description

Why work with us

The STAR Program operates as a consortium between The Salvation Army (TSA) and Vincent Care Victoria (VCV) to provide AOD services to people residing in the Inner North and Northwest catchments of metropolitan Melbourne. The Salvation Army is the lead agency responsible for acquitting the commitments of the Funding & Service Agreement and working closely with VCV to coordinate all aspects of the operation.

STAR offers a range targeted interventions to address AOD use and engages with a range of practice partners that strengthen the service delivery to provide a holistic approach for all clients.

The role you would play

We have an exciting opportunity for a values-driven AOD Practitioner to provide an entry point to Alcohol & Other Drugs (AOD) services for people with AOD issues who reside in the Northwest, and Inner North Melbourne region, through assessing client need, identifying treatment options and creating holistic treatment pathways

You will successfully

  • Provide bridging and brief intervention support to clients who are awaiting assessment and treatment commencement
  • Provide liaison, support and a range of interventions including case management to assist in improving the health & wellbeing for individuals, family members and significant others experiencing alcohol and other drug related harms to clients referred to Substance Treatment and Recovery (STAR) Program within The Salvation Army

You will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals based in Sunshine to ensure the delivery of high-quality services for people seeking AOD support.

This is a permanent full-time position. This position is based in Sunshine and works as part of a team of Alcohol & Other Drugs Practitioners who are based across the Inner North and Northwest Catchment area. This position may also provide back up support to Alcohol & Other Drugs Practitioners and some travel may be required within the catchment area to support the coverage of service delivery.

As an AOD Assessment Practitioner at the Salvos, you will enjoy:

  • (Maybe eligible to) NFP salary packaging ($15,900 tax free) plus meals and entertainment benefits
  • Employee Assistance Program - Independent confidential counselling service
  • Flexible working conditions
  • Financial, retail and lifestyle discounts and benefits
  • Discounted health and fitness programs through Fitness Passport
  • Up to 8 weeks leave per year through our purchase leave scheme
  • Generous Parental Leave offering of 12 weeks
  • Up to 5 days paid leave per year to support a TSA program or activity
  • An inclusive culture of dedicated, passionate and professional team members
  • Positively supporting and impacting the lives of others through your career contribution

The Salvation Army is subject to public health orders. You may be required to provide evidence of vaccine status dependent on requirements.


Sanika Bendre at

Applications will close as soon as a suitable candidate is secured. Do not delay in submitting your application today!

About AOD Service

The Salvation Army is one of Australia’s largest providers of alcohol and other drug services.  We offer a range of services including Harm Reduction and Primary Health Services as well as a range of treatment types (including residential treatment centres, community-based support programs, counselling and withdrawal management services). We work to a modern, evidence based and holistic Model of Care which can be viewed here:

Key Selection Criteria

What we're looking for

  • Relevant tertiary qualification in Social Work or related discipline
  • Minimum qualification Diploma Community Services
  • Relevant experience in a social service environment
  • AOD Skillset or obtain within the first 12 months of commencing employment
  • Completed Forensic Fundamentals or obtain within first 6 months of employment
  •  Family Violence foundational, information sharing scheme and intermediate risk assessment training within the first 12 months. Refreshers as required or directed
  • A current VIC Drivers Licence
  • Valid VIC Employee Working with Children Check
  • Ability to provide proof of Eligibility to Work in Australia