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Forensic AOD Assessor - Multiple locations


At ACSO, we look for people who believe in second chances, who share our values and are passionate about supporting forensic clients to re integrate back into the community. If this sounds like you, read on!

About Us

The Australian Community Support Organisation (ACSO) is a vibrant, values driven NFP, focused on partnering with Government and the community to co-design services that create real social change. We are an organisation with a bold vision to create a safe and inclusive community where prison truly is the last resort. Our purpose is to strengthen the wellbeing of our communities by advocating for and delivering services which divert people away from the justice system.

About the role

Our Community Offender Advice and Treatment Service (COATS) and RAPIDS (Responsive Assessment Planning Intervention Diversion Service) programs are state-wide intake, assessment and referral service that administers both state and commonwealth funded treatment pathways for clients in contact with, or at risk of coming in to contact with, the justice system. The programs provide specialist assessments for clients being considered for, or placed on, community corrections orders that include AOD assess and treat conditions.

Assessments either take place in community or in prison when a client is placed on parole. Our assessors also undertake assessments for the Adult Parole Board (looking at mandated post release treatment) and for the courts (for presentencing purposes). Forensic AOD assessors are responsible for assessing, writing high-quality clinical forensic assessment reports and developing realistic treatment plans for Justice clients across Victoria.

In RAPIDS our clients are assessed within two days and receive bridging support to maintain engagement.

About the program

To learn more about the COATS and RAPIDS programs, check out the program summary under the 'job attachments' tab on our careers site.

What we're looking for?

  • Minimum of certificate IV or diploma qualification in alcohol and other drugs
  • Minimum one years' prior experience in the AOD, mental health or forensic sector working with complex clients
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills and conflict management skills
  • The ability to gather information through assessment, and formulate findings and recommendations utilising strong report writing skills
  • Experience working with clients with forensic backgrounds, and the ability to work in various settings, including prison environments
  • Eligibility to enter Victorian prisons
  • An extensive background working with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people will be highly regarded.

What ACSO can offer you

  • Permanent, fixed term and parental leave replacement positions are available
  • Full-time hours, though part-time will be considered for the right candidate
  • Hybrid of working from home (if desired) and any of our regional locations: Ballarat, Bendigo, Mildura, Shepparton, Traralgon, Wangaratta and Warrnambool.
  • $74K full-time base salary + 10% superannuation + NFP salary packaging options - more after tax $ in your pocket!
  • Paid parental leave (14 weeks)
  • 5% annual leave loading
  • Learning and development opportunities
  • Wellbeing initiatives such as free flu vaccines, Employee Assistance Program and Reward and Recognition Program
  • Dedicated inclusion and diversity initiatives to support employees from all backgrounds and dispositions, including specialised leave for cultural ceremonies or medical procedures related to gender transition.

How to Apply

If you think you'd be a great fit, we'd love to hear from you!

To apply and view the position description (PD), please visit our careers website, and provide a copy of your resume, a brief covering letter and a document outlining responses to the selection criteria found in the PD.

To learn more about this position, please contact Aston Elliot, Program Manager - COATS Regional, on 0438 992 884.

Please note, as ACSO is an NDIS provider, the successful candidate must hold an NDIS Worker Screening Check Clearance before they commence employment in this position.

ACSO proudly acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as Australia's first peoples and pay respect to their rich culture, lores, customs and elders past and present. We strongly embrace the spirit of reconciliation and continue working towards ensuring an equal voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, particularly those who have been touched by the justice system.

The Australian Community Support Organisation embraces diversity within its workforce and encourages applications from appropriately qualified and skilled people regardless of their background. All suitable applicants for this role will be considered regardless of age, ability, race, gender expression, sex, cultural background, spiritual beliefs or lived experience.

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