AOD Practitioner

At the Department of Justice and Community Safety, we’re looking for people who want to make a difference. People who take pride in their work. People who get things done. People who are committed to making Victoria a safer place.

We embrace diversity and strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. We’re all about recruiting the best people, regardless of gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or cultural background. If you think you can do the job and would be a good fit for our department, we’d love to hear from you.

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Prison and Corrective Services
Classification: VPSG3
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/AODJAN23
Closing Date: 06-Feb-2023
Salary Range: $72,751 - $88,336
Job Duration: 28 months
Attachments: AOD Practitioner Position Description.docx (Word, 542KB)

Contact: Tal Grunberg on 0409 280 153

Position Details

  • Great opportunity to join Forensic Intervention Services
  • Make a positive difference in keeping our community safe
  • Attractive salary between $72,751 - $88,336 + superannuation

If you're looking to challenge yourself, join a multidisciplinary team and build your reputation in an exciting field, you'll love the work at Forensic Intervention Services (FIS).

About the Business Unit

Corrections Victoria is part of the Department of Justice and Community Safety (the Department) and is responsible for the operation of Victoria's adult corrections system, public and privately operated prisons, and a transitional centre. It ensures that people held in prison are safely and securely contained and aims to rehabilitate people by addressing the underlying causes of offending behaviour.

As a division of Corrections Victoria, Forensic Intervention Services is a specialist program area within Offender Services that provides people who offend (our service users) in custody and in the community with evidence-based offence-specific screening, assessment and interventions to support their rehabilitation.  In doing so, Forensic Intervention Services is a critical component of the Department's strategy to reduce reoffending and contribute to community safety.

About the Role

AOD Practitioners provide a range of services for people who meet eligibility for criminogenic AOD services, including screenings, assessments, intervention programs, and related tasks, in line with service requirements. The AOD Practitioners support the clinical team in the delivery of criminogenic alcohol and other drug (AOD) services state wide, including screenings, assessments, intervention programs, and related tasks, in line with service requirements.

The role will include opportunities to contribute to ongoing research and training on the assessment and treatment of relevant service users.

This role may require travel and the delivery of after-hours services.

Some of your duties may include:

  • Facilitate/co-facilitate clinical intervention programs for people who offend, as required.
  • Administration of assessment tools where required.
  • Complete comprehensive case notes in a timely fashion using the departments information systems.
  • Complete treatment plans, treatment reports, and risk assessment reports for internal and external stakeholders.

About You

As our ideal candidate, you will be able to show:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of/understanding of the link between AOD use and offending.
  • Experience working with Forensic AOD and/or dual diagnosis clients.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills delivering individual and/or group work interventions including ability to manage group dynamics and behaviour.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in addition to strong administrative and documentation skills.


  • Minimum qualification in Certificate or Diploma IV AOD, Community Services, or
  • A relevant qualification in social work, a related human services discipline, criminal justice or criminology with work experience in related field (desirable). 
  • A current Victorian driver's licence is required.

This is a unique group you won't get access to anywhere else which is why we need practitioners who are not only driven by complexity but have optimism for change.

How We Support and Reward You

Our work can be demanding so we offer comprehensive training and support.

  • A specialised induction program for new client-facing staff (including foundation, theory, and mentored on-the-job training)
  • Exposure to national and international experts in forensic work.
  • Mental health and wellbeing care - essential debriefing for the first 12 months for new forensic practitioners.
  • Supervision by senior clinical staff with support on a day-to-day basis.
  • Ongoing professional development including research program and study leave opportunities.
  • Relocation allowances for eligible candidates.

How to Apply

Click the Apply button on this advertisement. Applications should include a resume and covering letter. 

The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening. 

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.

Covid Information:The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment that is safe and without risk to the health of its employees consistent with the department's obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic). Therefore, there is a requirement that all DJCS employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to undertake duties outside of their homes. Prior to starting employment with the department you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19. Acceptable evidence includes:

  1. COVID-19 digital certificate (available via your myGov account)
  2. Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account)

If you consider that you are unable to be vaccinated against COVID-19, please contact Tal Grunberg on

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