About BDAC

BDAC is an ACCO (Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation) registered as a member under the umbrella of VACCHO (Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation) and represented nationally through NACCHO (National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation).

BDAC was founded to represent and provide services to the Dja Dja Wurrung Community (Jaara people) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents living on Dja Dja Wurrung Country.

BDAC has a responsibility to ensure growth of services, development of our Aboriginal community, better and improved health outcomes for our people, improved quality of life and be a lead agency in providing employment and career pathways for Aboriginal people.

The Position

Provide confidential addictions education and support to individuals, families and the community and for promoting healthy lifestyles and healthy choices.

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)
  • Part time (0.06EFT) 
  • 1 year contract (possibility to extend)
  • Access to Salary Packaging 

Some of the 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 inter-agency 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
  • Inform key agencies and other service providers about social and historical factors that may be contributing to negative contacts
    between other agencies and community members
  • Meet regularly with key stakeholders to assist in the development and implementation of initiatives that improve outcomes for Aboriginal people

Ideally the preferred candidate will have the following skills and/or experiences               

  • 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

Preferred / Desired Education, Training and/or Competencies

  • 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

*If you don’t meet these requirements but strongly believe and are able to demonstrate you have the knowledge and capacity to fulfill this role, please contact us

How to Apply

If this role sounds like the role for you then send your CV and a cover letter detailing how you suit the role by the application closing date, at 5pm on the 6th of July 2022.

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] 

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.