Published June 11, 2021
Last Modified June 11, 2021
Odyssey House Victoria
350 Queen Street, Australia
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Closing Date
June 25, 2021

Job Description

Love    Trust    Honesty    Respect    Concern

Senior AOD Counsellor - Melbourne Drug Court


  • Leading AOD Community Services Organisation
  • Progressive Workplace Flexibility options
  • Make a difference to people’s lives in a client facing role.
  • $74,000 to $80,000 plus superannuation, 17.5% leave loading and salary packaging benefits


Odyssey House Victoria (OHV) is a place of hope and positive change for individuals working towards breaking their pattern of addiction. At OHV we believe that every person should have the opportunity to change and grow. Our diverse teams work with individuals, families and communities to reduce drug use, improve mental health and reconnect people to their family and the community. OHV provides community services for those whose lives have been affected by alcohol and other drugs and is partnering with Uniting Care ReGen to deliver integrated, person-centred and evidence-based treatment services at the Melbourne Drug Court.

Who we are looking for.

We are looking for someone with significant experience in the provision of assessment and counselling services with AOD and/or dual diagnosis clients, and proven ability to work effectively with people and families experiencing problematic alcohol and other drugs use in a respectful, compassionate and positive manner.

What we can give YOU!

We are committed to creating an inclusive and transparent workplace culture where our people can develop to be their very best.  We believe in giving people real flexibility in their work.

Our Workplace Flexibility policy enables our staff to be great at work, and great at home too! OHV employees have access to generous employee benefits including:

  • Salary packaging up to $15,900 per annum.
  • Flexible work arrangements including 48/52 purchased leave.
  • A vast array of training and professional development opportunities
  • A progressive workplace culture committed to making your workplace experience an engaging and rewarding one.

The position

The position is offered as a full time, maximum term contract to 30 June 2022, with possibility of extension according to the outcome of a formal evaluation of the Melbourne Drug Court program.

The position will be based at the Melbourne Drug Court offices at 350 Queen Street, Melbourne.

The key purpose of the position is to provide dual-diagnosis-informed AOD counselling to people with a history of offending and who have been sentenced to the Melbourne Drug Court as an alternative to prison.  You will have the opportunity to work on a diverse team of specialists and to achieve positive change in the lives of people who want to address their substance use and offending behaviour.

A day in the life of this position includes: engaging with participants and their families, encourage behaviour change and control over their drug and alcohol use, supporting participants to comply with their treatment regime and the Drug Treatment Order, regular consultation with the multidisciplinary treating Team about treatment planning, providing feedback and secondary consultation directly to the Drug Court Magistrate on client progress, engagement and motivation for change. A signature feature of this position is the opportunity to work intensively and therapeutically with individual participants and their families, in a unique treatment environment, for up to two years.

To be successful in this role you will:

  • Have excellent attention to detail.
  • Possess well-developed planning and organisational skills.
  • Be approachable and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Be a team player who is supportive of your colleagues.
  • Be driven by your moral values, which will be aligned to those of Odyssey House.

Why apply?

This is a not to miss opportunity to use your senior clinical skills in an integrated services setting and a creative environment that actively challenges the stigma associated with substance use and incarceration. You will be working therapeutically with people who have complex needs to include entrenched patterns of drug related offending behaviour and substance dependence, to stay out of prison and redirect their lives. Your work will be supported by a range of in-house services including legal aid, peer support workers, housing workers, clinical advisors and case managers.  Unlike many AOD positions, the majority of this role is in counselling and clinical review. The Drug Court model has demonstrated success worldwide in turning around the lives of people with significant drug issues. It offers people a positive alternative to prison that appropriately addresses the causes of their offending. The position is well resourced and will provide you with valuable experience in the legal arena.

More information

The full position description and instructions about how to apply can be found at Please note: applications will only be accepted via the Odyssey House Victoria website. Please do not apply via recruitment websites or via email. Please remember to address your application to Caroline Long, Manager Service Development, and include your CV and a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria.  Applications close at 5pm, Friday 25 June 2021. If you have any questions relating to the position, please contact Caroline Long on (03) 9420 7609, or at

Our commitment to diversity

At OHV we value diversity and believe that a range of backgrounds brings a variety of ideas, perspectives and experiences that will enhance our effectiveness. We promote a workplace that actively seeks to include, welcome and value unique contributions by encouraging people with disability, Aboriginal Australians, LGBTQIA, young people and people from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply for this position.

Safety screening

OHV is committed to child safety and is a child safe organisation. All OHV employees must undergo Police Records and Working with Children Checks.  Any person issued with a negative notice on their Working with Children Check will not be eligible for employment with us.