About BDAC

Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative provides a range of health, wellbeing and family and community services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members on Dja Dja Wurrung Country.  

The Position

The Male Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Support worker will be required to provide confidential addictions education and support to individuals, families and the community, and responsible for promoting healthy lifestyles and healthy choices.

They will deliver an appropriate range of drug and alcohol treatment programs to meet legislative requirements and health service agreements negotiated with the Department of Human Services.  

What we are offering

  • Competitive salary (commensurate with skills and qualifications)
  • Full Time, 38 hours per week (Mon- Fri)
  • 2 Year Contract (extension possible)
  • Access to Salary Packaging
  • 10.0% Superannuation

Key Responsibilities

• Advocacy and Referral for Clients
• Complete episodes of care with clients
• Maintain a client load of up to 25 clients including a caseload of forensic clients
• Accept referrals from individuals, families and agencies in the community
• Ensure that you are available to support the clients with these appointments if requested
• Ensure that the support agencies are supporting the needs of the client
• Work with the Wellbeing Team Leader and the Wellbeing team to identify clients who fall through service gaps and are hardest to engage
• Ensure legislation, standards and guidelines are being followed and Maintain strict confidentiality guidelines regarding all clients, conversations and referrals.
• Advocate and refer clients to relevant support services
• Liaison with key stakeholders and professional networking
• Ensure effective ongoing liaison with partner agencies, key stakeholders, services and personnel
• Participate on relevant interagency working committees
• Conduct case conferencing when required with other agencies
• Promote Wellbeing Programs and BDAC to relevant external agencies and key stakeholders
• Be available for external consultation regarding Wellbeing Services and BDAC services

Key Selection Criteria 

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• Ability to effectively and efficiently plan and organise own workloads
• An ability to manage stressful situations
• Demonstrated negotiation and advocacy skills
• Knowledge of the causes and effects of drugs and alcohol, and addictions on individuals, families and communities
• Understanding of crisis management and the ability to deal with life threatening situations including the prevention of suicide
• Understanding of Indigenous culture
• Understanding of all relevant legislation, policies and practices


Your Skills, Qualifications and Experience
• Qualifications in Alcohol and Drug or equivalent (AOD skills set)
• Extensive knowledge of local service providers and referral pathways
• Forensic client experience - Preferred
• Experience within the AOD or Mental Health Sector

    How to Apply

    If this role sounds like the perfect opportunity for you, then please apply by providing your CV, and a cover letter entailing how you suit the role to [email protected] by 5pm, Wednesday 22nd  of December, 2021.

    Mandatory Requirements

    Should an applicant be the preferred candidate, background checks (Police check, reference check and Working with Children's Check) will be completed prior to the candidate’s employment being confirmed.

    You must also be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to work at BDAC. 

    For more information about this position please see the Position Description available at bdac.com.au, or contact our human resources team on (03) 5442 4947, or send an email through to [email protected]