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Youth AOD Outreach Worker

Youth Projects

Is this you?

You’re passionate about working with at-risk and vulnerable young people with AOD concerns and are familiar with family-focussed approaches to case management when it comes to working with young people. You've got at least 1+ years' experience up your sleeve and the relevant qualifications to back it up.

You know the importance of providing effective interventions, client advocacy and implementing the principles of harm minimisation when developing treatment plans and supporting substance misuse, housing breakdowns, mental health & relationship challenges.

Ideally, you’ll come with tertiary qualifications in Social Work, Youth Work, Community Development, or similar disciplines complimented with AOD qualifications.

You’re bendy

You know not every day will be the same, you can switch from providing support, to advocating for service access, to writing up case notes in the blink of an eye. Changing lives is your passion but you still embrace rolling up your sleeves and mucking in to get the job done. You may not be the captain of this team (…yet) but when we are in thick of it, we play off each-other’s strengths and have each-others back #1YP.

You see the person

You’re full of creative ways to meet our service users where they are at and believe that engagement shouldn’t be a one size fits all model. You always see the person, not just their immediate situation because you understand that everyone has different needs, and that is okay.

You care

Our frontline warriors and change makers are all here because we genuinely want to break the cycle of disadvantage, and we want you to want that too!

A bit about the role:

You will be working within our Youth Outreach Team to empower young people with AOD issues and will be based out of our HQ in Glenroy when you're not doing outreach across Melbourne’s Northwest.

Here are some of things you could expect to be doing in your first month:

  • Managing a caseload that focusses on engaging service users in structured and semi-structured counselling sessions.
  • Supporting service users to reduce their level of substance use, reduce their high-risk behaviours and experience of AOD related harm.
  • Working with service users to improve their physical and mental health, including emotional and psychological wellbeing.
  • Ensuring some of our services’ most vulnerable service users are linked with the appropriate services to address their needs and barriers to health and housing outcomes.
  • Engaging service users to improve their health literacy and capacity to better understand and manage their own health and wellbeing.
  • Integrating care with the existing service system to enhance service coordination and collaboration.
  • Conducting supported referrals across a range of domains.
  • Undertaking professional develop to grow within your professional self.

For more information on the position and to download the position description, visit our website.

A bit about us:

We are an independent, registered charity providing front line support to young people and individuals experiencing disadvantage, unemployment, homelessness, alcohol and other drug issues. We also help those looking to re-engage with learning and employment. We recognise the complex and varying needs of the people we work with and go above and beyond, 365 days a year, to provide pathways out of poverty.

We have the ability to provide a complete wrap around, judgement free service with a strong focus on respect, service users-centred care and harm prevention. The impact we seek enables each person to lead longer lives, have improved health, meaningful employment and a greater sense of belonging, safety and security through a holistic model of care.

Our culture is casual yet professional and high energy. We encourage flexibility for your work/life balance. Our team is serious about their work but doesn’t take themselves too seriously.

Why should you work with us?

Every day you spend working with us, you’re making a difference. The stronger our frontline warrior, the bigger our impact of breaking the cycle of disadvantage. We think that’s a pretty great perk, but we don’t stop there… here are some of the others:

  • Working across Melbourne’s North West Regions
  • Free specialty coffee at the office
  • Access to generous salary packaging
  • Access to meals & entertainment benefits and novated leasing (if desired)
  • Flexible work environment
  • Uncapped Employee Assistance Program
  • 17.5% Annual Leave Loading
  • Plus, additional paid leave including; wellbeing, family violence, study and an extra 5 personal days we also provide flexibility to take extra unpaid leave or travel while working


We’re a non-profit organisation that fills from a full cup but not a full pocket. In order to attract strong talent, we pay competitively and remunerate based on your skills and experience and are determined to make this the best job you'll ever have.

The Youth AOD Outreach Worker position is paid under the SCHADS Award (Level 4).

For more info on this role and the work we do at Youth Projects click here.

Think you have what it takes and want to join the team at Youth Projects? Send through a cover letter and your resume by clicking Apply Now.

Recruitment for this position will be undertaken as applications are received. The position will be filled when a successful candidate has been selected.

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