AOD Peer Case Worker: The Buttery

About the role

Make use of your lived experience of drug or alcohol dependence to support others in their recovery journey. Reporting to the Program Coordinators, the full time male AOD Peer Case Worker’s role involves guiding and supporting residents through the treatment program and ensuring the community functions well. The role operates during general office hours and is 35 hours per week. It is based at the Binna Burra site about 5 minutes from Bangalow.

The Buttery is committed to gender equity principles. We aim to maintain a direct support staffing base that is generally balanced in terms of gender to meet the needs of residents. Therefore, under Section 28 of the Anti- Discrimination Act, The Buttery considers that identifying as a male is a genuine occupational requirement of this particular role.

The Buttery’s Residential Therapeutic Community (TC) and Maintenance to Abstinence (MTA) program are long-term rehabilitation programs for adults who are dependent on drugs, alcohol or both. The programs are evidence-based, best-practice and informed by the latest research into addiction treatment. Residents and staff participate in the management and operation of the community, contributing to a psychologically and physically safe learning environment where change can occur. The programs emphasise total abstinence from the addictive behaviour as a condition that fosters recovery and allows the development of a new way of life.

About you: Selection criteria:

  1. Tertiary qualifications in AOD, social work, psychology, mental health or community services
  2. Experience of the Therapeutic Community recovery model and psychosocial rehabilitation with the ability to apply ‘Community as Method’
  3. Minimum of two years in recovery
  4. Demonstrated experience coordinating care for persons with complex support needs including in particular AOD support needs co-occurring with mental health issues and other issues such as homelessness, trauma, contact with the criminal justice system and family and cultural separation
  5. Experience in delivering education and training programs to individuals and groups
  6. Demonstrated proficiency using the Microsoft suite, a variety of databases and video conferencing applications

A current and valid manual Driver’s Licence is required. A satisfactory current Criminal Record Check, Working with Children Check and First Aid Certificate is mandatory prior to commencement.

 About us: We are a not-for-profit, charitable mental health organisation and drug and alcohol rehab. Through residential and community-based programs, we specialise in the treatment of alcohol and other drug misuse, problem gambling and mental health issues. With us, you will

  • Work within a friendly and professional team.  Our Clinical team is comprised of leaders in the field of recovery and mental health and includes both Masters level clinicians and lived experience counsellors.
  • Be provided with ongoing support, supervision and development opportunities
  • Have access to five weeks annual leave pro rata

Find out more: For a position description, see https://www.buttery.org.au/employment-opportunities

For any other queries, please contact recruitment@buttery.org.au

This role is remunerated between $33-35ph depending on qualifications and experience, with access to salary packaging to increase your take home pay.

There may be requirements to work from home or adjust hours to meet needs during the pandemic. The successful applicant is expected to abide by all safety protocols and wear PPE.

 How to apply Please email your resume and cover letter addressing the selection criteria above to recruitment@buttery.org.au

In your cover letter, please use each of the six selection criteria above as a heading and write a brief paragraph under each one addressing it. Unfortunately, applications that do not address the selection criteria will not be considered.

 Applications close 12th November 2020

 The Buttery recognises the benefits that diversity and inclusion bring, and encourages people from all backgrounds, abilities and identities to apply to our vacanciesAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and CALD and LGBTIQA community members are encouraged to apply.


WHOS (WE HELP OURSELVES) – Southern NSW Region

An exciting opportunity exists to be part of a new and dynamic range of services WHOS NSW is opening to service the Southern Region of New South Wales.

In collaboration with Southern NSW Local Health District, NSW Ministry of Health and the local community stakeholders WHOS will be establishing residential and non-residential services operating from its Goulburn premises expected to open January 2021.

Expressions of Interest are sought for the following positions:

  • Manager
  • Assistant Manager
  • Administration Support Officer
  • Registered Nurse
  • Community Service Workers
  • Day Program Worker
  • Day Program Worker (Mobile Service)

Further information can be found here.

If you are interested in expressing your interest in being part of this exciting new initiative for one of the above positions please indicate this by forwarding your relevant information for your targeted role to gerard.byrne@whos.com.au or you can seek further information at the same email address.


Hope Community Services
Therapeutic Community Manager

Hope Community Services is looking for a Therapeutic Community Manager to play a pivotal role in leading and empowering the operations of the innovative Hope Springs Community Farm. While this is a permanent position, consideration would be given to a secondment arrangement for the right applicant.

Further information about Hope Community Services can be found here.

The position description can be found here.

Further details can be obtained from the JDF via talenting website or contact Rhonda McFadden on 08 6244 3222 or 0421 259 128.