Youth AOD Outreach Worker

Youth Outreach · Glenroy, Victoria
Department Youth Outreach
Employment Type Full-Time
Compensation $77,500

A bit about the role:

The Youth AOD Outreach role is responsible for delivering a comprehensive range of individual counselling and case management support services to young people in the Northwest region experiencing a range of issues such as: substance use and misuse, housing breakdown, mental health & relationship issues. Working within a social model of health, the position operates within a
case management and brief intervention model to conduct assessments, provide direct interventions, undertake structured and semi-structured counselling sessions and conduct supported referrals across a range of domains.
This position provides an exciting opportunity for people with an AOD, social work or health background to create evidence-based responses through the development of committed and
multidisciplinary program responses.

You will be part of our Youth Outreach Team, empowering young people with AOD issues and will usually be based out of our HQ in Glenroy, but outreach may take you to other spots across Melbourne’s northwest.   

Site Location: This role will be based at our Youth Hub in Glenroy with outreach across Northwest Melbourne.  



A bit about you:

You’re passionate about working with at-risk and vulnerable young people with AOD concerns and are familiar with using a ffamily-focused approach to case management.

You’ll hold a qualification in Social Work, Youth Work, Community Development, or similar disciplines have completed AOD units of competency. and have at least 1-year of experience in the field. 

You know the importance of providing effective interventions, client advocacy and implementing the principles of harm minimisation when developing treatment plans and supporting young people with substance misuse, housing breakdown, mental health & relationship challenges. 

You’re full of creative ways to meet our service users where they are at and believe that engagement shouldn’t be a one size fits all model. You always see the person, not just their immediate situation because you understand that everyone has different needs, and that is okay.

You are bendy and you know not every day will be the same, you can switch from providing support, to advocating for service access, to writing up case notes in the blink of an eye. Changing lives is your passion but you still embrace rolling up your sleeves and mucking in to get the job done.



A bit about us:

We are an independent, registered charity providing front line support to young people and people experiencing homelessness to open up pathways out of poverty and homelessness - breaking the cycle of disadvantage. Our focus is on respect, client-centred care, and harm prevention so people can lead longer lives, have improved health, meaningful employment, and a greater sense of belonging, safety, and security through our holistic model of care.  

In 2021 alone, this is (some) of what we got up to:  

  • Over 8,000 people accessed our services  
  • Welcomed 16,431 visits to The Living Room  
  • 80% of the young people we supported landed sustainable employment or education outcomes 
  • More than 150,000 coffees were sold through our social enterprise cafes with $73K profit re-directed into homelessness and youth services 
  • Experienced 130,000+ contacts through our harm minimisation programs 

You can read more in our Impact Report or you’ll find us right across Naarm/Melbourne with our main hubs located in Glenroy, Sunshine, Werribee, Melton and on Hosier Lane in the heart of the city. 



Why should you work with us?   

We’re a casual and flexible, yet professional and high energy workplace. We encourage flexibility for a healthy work/life balance and although we are very serious about our work, we are very chill when it comes time to wind down. Every day you spend working with us, you’re making a difference. Although they're pretty great perks, we don’t just stop there… here are some of the others: 

  • Free, locally roasted coffee at the office  
  • A portion of your income as tax-free through generous salary packaging benefits 
  • PLUS additional tax-free salary packaging on meals & entertainment expenses 
  • Flexible work environment & flexibility to take extra unpaid leave for travel while working 
  • 17.5% Annual Leave Loading  
  • Uncapped Employee Assistance Program 
  • Additional paid leave for caregiving, wellbeing, family violence, study PLUS an extra 5 personal leave days 



Sounds like you'd vibe at Youth Projects?

👉 Send through your resume + a cover letter addressing the key requirements by clicking "Apply for this Job"


Recruitment for this position will be undertaken as applications are received and only successful applicants will be notified.

Please note is a requirement of all Youth Projects positions that the successful applicant holds a valid Working with Children’s Check, Police Check and is vaccinated for Covid-19.





Our commitment to diversity 

At Youth Projects, we value diversity and believe that a range of backgrounds brings a variety of ideas, perspectives and experiences that will enhance our effectiveness. We promote a workplace that actively seeks to include, welcome and value unique contributions and encourage applications from candidates with a disability, culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and indigenous candidates 


Safety screening 

Youth Projects has a zero tolerance for child abuse and is committed to the provision of a child-safe organisation. All Youth Projects staff must undergo Police and Working with Children Checks.

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  • Location
    Glenroy, Victoria
  • Department
    Youth Outreach
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Compensation
    $77,500