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AOD Counsellor – Work Part-Time, Earn Full Time (Thurs to Monday shifts)

Apply now Job no: 981508
Work type: Fixed Term (Full Time), Fixed Term (Part Time)
Location: NSW
Categories: Community Services, Health Services - Psychologists & Counselling

  • Fixed Term FT Contract – Until June 2018 (Possible extension, depending on funding)
  • NFP Salary Packaging Available
  • Coffs Harbour Location

About Mission Australia

Mission Australia is a Christian community service organisation with a nationwide team of over 2,900 that helps people to regain their independence. 

We reduce homelessness and strengthen communities through homelessness initiatives and affordable housing, early learning and youth services, family support, and employment and skills development. 

About the role

Junaa Buwa! is our Centre for Youth Well Being providing holistic live-in drug and alcohol rehabilitation for up to four months for up to eight young people aged from 13 to 18 years with a variety of recreational and life skills programs supporting the reduction of offending behaviours. Our team are passionate about delivering the best possible care and assistance to our young clients on their journey.

This role will be to support clients 13-18 years of age and other staff in the provision of AOD and generalist counselling, in particular the provision of counselling services to address AOD and offending behaviours and other related issues within a residential rehabilitation service framework. (A copy of the position description is provided below).

This role will be FT, from Thursday – Monday. Weekend work will be 4 hours to 5 hours per shift with shift loading.


  • Facilitate client assessment and provide recommendations
  • Provide client AOD and generalist counselling to individual, group and family counselling
  • Provide lapse and relapse prevention, planning and support
  • Monitor and support client progress
  • Develop realistic and supportive client behavioural management plans

Qualifications & experience

  • Tertiary level counselling qualifications
  • 3 years’ experience in the youth and AOD sectors
  • Current driver’s licence
  • Ability to coordinate, facilitate and participate in group and one-on-one counselling sessions
  • Senior First Aid Certificate

As part of our Employment screening process you will be required to undertake a National criminal history check.

In addition there is a requirement to possess a current Working with Children check or apply if you do not already hold one. It is unlawful for prohibited persons to apply for work with children, and, as such, prohibited persons cannot apply for this role.


  • Not for Profit Salary Packaging benefits which reduces your taxable income (details via Advantage)
  • Discounted health care with Medibank Private
  • Purchase additional annual leave
  • Discounted childcare rates of up to 15% at participating Centres (conditions apply)
  • Employee discounts with hotels, travel insurance, and major retailers: Coles, Harvey Norman, Apple, Dell & many more
  • Free, confidential counselling service
  • Volunteering opportunities

Click "APPLY NOW" noting applications close 25th of March 2018.

For further information regarding working with us visit Working for Mission Australia.

Download File AOD Counsellors TFT 2018 - Coffs Harbour.docx

Mission Australia is dedicated to increasing opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Learn about our Reconciliation Action Plan


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