Published September 14, 2023
Last Modified September 18, 2023
Courts Services Victoria
181 William Street, Australia
Job Type
Closing Date
October 2, 2023

Job Description

  • Exciting opportunity for an experienced clinician to join a developing pilot program, establishing a Drug Court within the County Court
  • Supportive and inclusive culture
  • Fixed-term until 30 June 2024, with potential for extension

About us

The County Court (CCV) is Victoria's principal trial Court. The Court's purpose is to hear and determine matters in a fair, timely, efficient and accessible way. This is affirmed by Court Directions 2017- 2022 which sets out the Court's commitment to improvement and the seven most important objectives of the Court. The County Court is committed to continuous improvement consistent with the International Framework for Court Excellence.

The CCV DATC pilot project sits alongside the Magistrates' Court of Victoria's (MCV) Drug Court Expansion projects. The CCV DATC pilot and the MCV expansion projects are governed, managed, and executed through an integrated and multi-jurisdictional approach to enable efficient use of resources.

The DATC provides an alternative sentencing option to offenders with drug and/or alcohol dependency who have committed offence/s whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol and/or to support their dependency. Legislation that enables the operation of the CCV DATC was passed through parliament in November 2020, which enables a Drug and Alcohol Treatment Court to operate for the first time in this higher jurisdiction.

About the role

Reporting to the Senior Clinical Advisor, the Clinical Advisor is responsible for providing clinical assessment, advice, service information, and referral for the CCV DATC participants, in line with the principles and practices of the CCV DATC model. The Clinical Advisor is responsible for undertaking comprehensive drug and alcohol assessments with potential CCV DATC participants, which will be used to inform the judiciary regarding a person's suitability for a Drug and Alcohol Treatment Order (DATO) and to assist with defining DATO conditions. You will design treatment plans and work collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team and with external stakeholders to support the participants to achieve their treatment goals.

To be successful in this role you will possess specialist knowledge and demonstrated experience in the clinical assessment, treatment planning and case management of persons presenting with substance use disorders. The ideal candidate will work collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team and communicate clearly, both verbally and in formal report writing. An understanding of and experience in Drug Court programs and/or therapeutic jurisprudence will be highly regarded

If this sounds like you, we look forward to receiving your application.

How to apply

For further information on this position and to submit your application, please visit by 2/10/2023.