Senior AOD Counsellor, Drug and Alcohol Treatment Court (DATC), County Court of Victoria


• The County Court of Victoria is seeking a Senior AOD Counsellor to lead the AOD counselling team within the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Court

• VPS Grade 5 – new role

• Fixed term to June 2023 (Pilot program)

• Diverse role that includes direct client work, provision of specialist advice to the Court and practice leadership for small team of AOD counsellors

• CBD location, with a multidisciplinary team

• Provide AOD interventions to high-risk clients with a range of complex needs and contribute to the DATC Pilot development

• Deliver harm reduction and AOD group programs on site
Job Details
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Department: Court Services Victoria
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/CC0350
Closing Date: 02-Oct-2022
Salary Range: $103,920 - $125,735
Job Duration: to June 2023
Attachments: CC0350 PD - Senior AOD Counsellor CCV DATC.pdf (PDF, 281KB)


CC0350 Senior AOD Counsellor CCV DATC Candidate Application Form.docx (Word, 59KB)


Contact: Adrian Papworth, A/Operations Manager, DATC
P:0484 367 319 E:Adrian.Papworth@courts.vic.gov.au

Position Details

About us

The County Court of Victoria is established pursuant to the County Court Act 1958. It has original and appellate jurisdiction and is the principal trial court in the State of Victoria. The Court h ears over 11,000 criminal, common law and commercial cases each year. The County Court has unlimited monetary jurisdiction in common law and commercial matters. In its criminal jurisdiction, the Court hears all indictable offences except treason, murder and related offences.

There are a total of 70 Judges of the Court and over 200 staff, including judicial support staff. The County Court regularly conducts circuit sittings at 12 circuit courts situated in major centres throughout regional Victoria.

The County Court is committed to continuous improvement in accordance with the International Framework for Court Excellence. The Court's vision is to be a leader in court excellence, delivering the highest standard of justice to the community and inspiring public confidence in the rule of law.

About the role

This is an incredible opportunity for a senior clinician to lead the delivery of AOD services in this new and innovative therapeutic justice program.

Reporting to the Operations Manager, the Senior AOD Counsellor is responsible for leading the delivery of AOD counselling services within the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Court (DATC) in the County Court of Victoria (CCV).

The CCV DATC pilot program sits alongside the Magistrates' Court of Victoria's (MCV) Drug Court Expansion projects. The CCV DATC pilot and the MCV expansion projects are governed, managed, and executed through an integrated and multi-jurisdictional approach to enable efficient use of resources.

About you

  • You will have specialist AOD knowledge, high level counselling skills and experience in supervision and leadership.
  • You will exhibit demonstrated experience in providing counselling interventions to people with AOD dependencies and criminogenic needs
  • Your ability to work within a multidisciplinary team, including Judicial Officers, will ensure your success in this role.

How to apply

To apply, please click the ‘Apply Now' button, ensuring you include the following documents in your application:

  • resume 
  • a short covering letter
  • completed application form (see file attachment)

For further information on the position, please see the attached position description. 

Other Information:

Court Services Victoria (CSV) is the employer of staff at all Victorian courts and tribunals, the Judicial College of Victoria, and the Judicial Commission of Victoria. CSV offers a wide range of legal and non-legal career options as well as attractive employee benefits.

Employees of Court Services Victoria are required to comply with any applicable government pandemic order, as well as any policy implemented by Court Services Victoria, in relation to mandatory vaccinations against COVID-19.  It is a condition of any offer of employment that applicants for vacant roles with Court Services Victoria agree to comply with any applicable pandemic order or policy regarding mandatory vaccinations.

CSV is committed to building a diverse workforce, inclusive culture, providing a safe and respectful workplace and has zero tolerance for violence against women. We strongly encourage people of all abilities to apply, particularly people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, and those who may experience diversity or disability related barriers in securing employment.


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