Published January 20, 2023
Last Modified January 20, 2023
The Salvation Army
Job Type
Closing Date
February 18, 2023

Job Description

The Geelong Withdrawal Unit is a 12 bed community based residential withdrawal program that supports clients through the withdrawal of alcohol and other drugs. Our model of care guides our practice which is client centered, trauma-informed and harm reduction focused.

We need someone who understand that recovery can look different for individuals and we respond accordingly.

Why work for us

We have an exciting opportunity for a proactive AOD Support Worker who enjoys working with people, who is committed to continue to learning and is committed to working in partnership with our nursing staff to provide support to clients during their stay

This is a casual position located at our Withdrawal service in Corio. Shifts include morning or afternoon with a sleepover component.

Your role will include:

  • Welcoming service participants into GWU through the admission, orientation and induction process.
  • Observe, monitor and support participants through the GWU program.
  • Facilitate groups and outings as per GWU program
  • Undertake housekeeping duties
  • Monitor and report and client risk as per TSA policy and procedures
  • Listen to and involve clients in their recovery
  • Ensure appropriate preventative action is taken to address workplace hazards as per TSA procedure

What we offer

  • 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

We are committed to providing a safe environment for our people. Please note that The Salvation Army has a mandatory vaccination procedure.


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

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: 1._AOD_Model_Of_Care_2021.pdf (

The Salvation Army is an Equal Opportunity Employer who provides an inclusive work environment and embraces the diverse talent of its people. We value people of all cultures, languages, capacities, sexual orientations, gender identities and/or expressions. We are committed to achieving a diverse workforce and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people.

The Salvation Army is a child safe organisation and is committed to protecting children and young people from harm. All child facing roles will require the successful completion of a Working with Children Check. Applicants for all roles require a mandatory National Police Check.

We are committed to providing a safe environment for our people. Please note that The Salvation Army has a mandatory vaccination procedure.

We value Integrity, Compassion, Respect, Diversity, and Collaboration

Key Selection Criteria

What we’re looking for

  • Cert IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs Competencies CHCAOD 2C, 6B, 8C, 9C AND 10A or willing to obtain within 12 months
  • Desirable to have practical experience in AOD sector service delivery, with an understanding of addictive behaviour and drugs, both illicit and licit
  • Skills in managing challenging behaviours
  • A current VIC Drivers Licence
  • Valid VIC Employee Working with Children Check
  • Ability to provide proof of Eligibility to Work in Australia