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AOD Residential Youth Worker

Apply now Job no: 986286
Work type: Max Term (Full Time)
Location: WA
Categories: Community Services

  • Make a meaningful difference to the lives of Australians in need
  • Located in East Perth | Drug and Alcohol Youth Service
  • Residential Service supporting Young People aged 12-21
  • Rotating Roster with paid penalty rates


About Us

Mission Australia is a non-denominational Christian charity that has been helping vulnerable Australians move towards independence for more than 160 years.

Every day we support people nationwide by combatting homelessness, assisting disadvantaged families and children, addressing mental health issues, fighting substance dependencies and much more. We are generously supported by our funders, partners and tens of thousands of everyday Australians, who make the work of our tireless volunteers and staff possible.

Mission Australia is committed to keeping children and young people safe with zero tolerance of harm or abuse, and expect all our employees and volunteers to reflect this commitment. 


Your Opportunity

Mission Australia is growing, and we are seeking full-time Residential Youth Workers with an alcohol and drug (AOD) focus to support the Drug and Alcohol Youth Service (DAYS) Withdrawal & Respite Unit. This is a unique opportunity to work in the only Youth AOD residential rehabilitation program in WA.

This role will attract engaging Youth Workers who have a passion for working with young people in rehabilitation; with a strong track record in complex mental health needs and Alcohol and Drug Work.

They will be able to point to their skills and previous experience to contribute to positive outcomes for young people aged 12 to 21 who are seeking support from alcohol and other drugs. The young person would have access to clinical treatment, and our Residential Youth Workers would support the progress of the young person to achieve their treatment goals.  They must have a Degree in Social Welfare or Diploma in Community Services or a minimum of three years' experience in the AOD, Youth or Mental Health sector.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • Induct clients into the service.
  • Develop relationships with young people adhering to boundaries of care practice.
  • Support client to progress towards achieving their AOD treatment goals.
  • Monitor clients mental health and wellbeing and address and report complex mental health needs
  • Collaborate with the team in the care and management of young people who exhibit challenging behaviour.
  • Facilitate educational groups and recreational activities.
  • Assist in administering medications.

To be successful in this role, you will need to have availability to work days, weekends and nights on a rotational basis.


Requirements for Success

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • A degree in Social Welfare or Diploma in Community Services or a minimum of three years' experience in the AOD, Youth or Mental Health sector.
  • Demonstrated experience providing support and crisis intervention.
  • Strong knowledge of mental health needs and AOD rehabilitation
  • Strong knowledge of behaviour management and capacity to set boundaries and limits in a residential setting.
  • An understanding of trauma-informed practice.
  • The ability to work collaboratively as part of a team to provide positive outcomes.
  • Demonstrated professional approach to maintaining professional boundaries.

Before starting work with us, you will need to undertake a national police history check, qualifications and referee checks, and have a clearance to work with children/vulnerable people.


Culture & Benefits  

A career with Mission Australia will offer you rewarding experiences to make a difference to the lives of Australians in need. We have an innovative and supportive culture guided by our values of compassion, integrity, respect, perseverance and celebration.

To ensure our employees feel valued, empowered and celebrated, we provide a range of employee benefits including:

  • NFP salary packaging benefits reducing taxable income (details via Advantage)
  • Penalty rates will be paid for afternoon, evening and weekend shifts.
  • Free, confidential counselling services via our EAP.
  • Discounted health care with Medibank Private.


Diversity & Inclusion

Mission Australia is an inclusive employer. We celebrate our diversity and strive to reflect contemporary Australian society and all the communities in which we work, to better serve our clients. We welcome and encourage applications from women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people, People with Disability, Sexually and Gender Diverse people, people with lived experience of adversity and from people of all ages.

As such, if you require any adjustments to submit your application, we invite you to get in touch via email


Next Steps

To be considered for this opportunity, please click 'apply'. For more information, feel free to click here to view the position description. For further information regarding working with us, visit Working for Mission Australia.

Please send through your application as soon as possible as shortlisting will commence before the closing date.

Advertised: W. Australia Standard Time
Application close: W. Australia Standard Time

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Founding Purpose - 'Inspired by Jesus Christ, Mission Australia exists to meet human need and to spread the knowledge of the love of God'