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Alcohol and Other Drug Counsellor - Ceduna

Life Without Barriers (National)

Make a difference in the lives of people and support their recovery from alcohol and other drug misuse working in a regional community.

About the Organisation

Every day, Life Without Barriers provides support and care to children and young people, as we work collaboratively with families, carers, and communities, to ensure they have the environment they deserve to grow. With a focus on ensuring safety and respect, this is an opportunity to make a positive and meaningful difference in these young lives and help pave a brighter future.

Life Without Barriers is a leading social purpose, not for profit organisation of 8,000 employees working in more than 500 communities across Australia. We support children, young people and families, people with disability, older people and people with mental illness. We work with people who are homeless and refugees and asylum seekers.   
We want to employ people who reflect the diversity of our clients to ensure we can support each client's individual needs and wants. We encourage people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background and people with disability to apply.

About the role

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for qualified Alcohol & Other Drug Counsellor to join Life Without Barriers’ specialist drug and alcohol treatment program, with the position based in Ceduna. This full-time role will be available until June 30th 2023.

The AOD Counsellor will provides 1:1 and group support options which aim to reduce AOD related harms to individuals. The counsellor conducts assessments and provides a range of counselling interventions to assist clients to change harmful behaviours and increase their capacity to effectively manage the problems they are experiencing associated with AOD use and promote recovery.

A minimum qualification of Cert IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs is required. You will also require a current Driver Licence and a current DHS/DCSI Working with Children clearance.

Skills & Experience

  • Diploma/Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs or equivalent
  • Demonstrated experience in counselling individuals using a range of intervention techniques
  • Demonstrated knowledge of a range of therapeutic approaches to support individuals with substance abuse problems
  • Demonstrated interpersonal/communication skills, including verbal, written and negotiation
  • Demonstrated ability to work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds with specific reference to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective networks and relationships
  • Ability to work independently and within a regional multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to use initiative and think laterally and strategically as well as well-developed problem solving skills

Successful candidates will be required to clear probity checks including National Criminal History Record Check and Working with Children Check (where relevant to the role). 


  • Work within a team passionate about facilitating positive changes for people
  • Life Without Barriers is one of Australia's largest not-for-profit organisations operating throughout Australia.
  • Monthly RDO (full time roles) and great salary packaging benefits
  • Ongoing training, support and career opportunities

Please note: To be considered for and appointed to a position at Life Without Barriers, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or hold a valid medical exemption certificate. You will be required to provide evidence of your vaccination status during the recruitment process.

How to Apply

Include your resume and covering letter in one document, click ‘Apply’ and follow the prompts.

For any enquiries including persons with disability that require adjustments, contact recruitment@lwb.org.au using the subject line: Alcohol and Other Drug Counsellor - Ceduna enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as applications are continuously reviewed prior to the closing date; and as such the closing date is subject to change without notice. 

We are dedicated to playing our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and bring continuity of care and support to our clients. If you are successful, we will discuss with you an alternative to a face-to-face interview.

Life Without Barriers supports the Royal Commission into violence, abuse, neglect, and exploitation of people with disability. We believe people with disability need to be heard and for these experiences to influence how support services like ours are delivered. View our statement (https://bit.ly/2GzZGWA)

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