Alcohol and Other Drugs Senior Counsellor (500866) Department of Health


Alcohol and Other Drugs Mental Health Services North West 11 Grove Street Ulverstone TAS 7315

Deliver a high quality alcohol and other drug treatment service in accordance with relevant Government Legislation and Regulations, Primary Health Care Principles, Alcohol and Drug Service (ADS) policies, procedures and protocols and relevant professional competencies.

Provide a specialist assessment and treatment service for people with multiple and complex needs, including co-morbid alcohol and other drug and mental health issues, and their families in accordance with discipline specific skills and abilities.

Act as a consultant to other agencies with regard to the support and management of clients with alcohol and other drug needs and promotes community awareness in relation to alcohol and other drugs.

The Role:

  • Provide a specialised, comprehensive, evidence-based clinical assessment, treatment and assertive case-management service to clients, including their families/carers, who have issues with alcohol and/or other drugs and support referral and liaison with relevant service providers.
  • Undertake clinical documentation in line with organisational and professional requirements, including maintaining effective record keeping on clients and produce clear, well presented treatment reports to the ADS Team Leader (North West) as required.
  • Actively support, contribute to and participate in ongoing quality assurance programs, including approved research, incident reporting and evaluation, internal audits, and policy and procedure review, as well as the development, implementation and evaluation of specialised alcohol and other drug psychosocial treatment programs.
  • Consult with professionals and other agencies on the management of clients, and their families/carers, affected by alcohol and or other drugs to optimise service effectiveness.

Note: – Please refer to the Statement of Duties for all the selection criteria of this position to address in your application.

Details of Appointment:

Permanent, full time, day work, position working 76 hours per fortnight, commencing from as soon as possible.

*notwithstanding hours may be negotiated with the successful applicant

  • Applicants should note that, for a period of six months from the date of publication, this selection process may be used to fill subsequent or similar full time and part time vacancies.


Mental Health Services – North West

Base Salary: $96,689 to $114,391 per annum + 10.5% superannuation

  • Please note that access to salaries beyond $105,245 is subject to qualifications and/or application to the personal upgrade scheme 

  • Salary range is in accordance with Allied Health Professionals Public Sector Unions Wages Agreement 2019

In addition, the following allowances calculated on the salaried incremental point may be available:

  • Professional Development Allowance of up to $724 per annum for the ability to accrue fund up to five years
  • Post graduate qualification salary advancement where applicable


Successful applicants will be required to meet the essential criteria:

  • Degree in Social work giving eligibility for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers; or
  • Registered with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia; or
  • Registered with the Psychology Board of Australia

Applicants should note the following criteria are desirable:

  • Holds, or is working towards, a relevant tertiary qualification in the Alcohol and Other Drugs field
  • Current Driver’s Licence

The Head of the State Service has determined that the person nominated for this job is to satisfy a pre‑employment check before taking up the appointment, on promotion or transfer. The following checks are to be conducted:

  1. Conviction checks in the following areas:
    1. crimes of violence
    2. sex related offences
    3. serious drug offences
    4. crimes involving dishonesty
  2. Identification check
  3. Disciplinary action in previous employment check.

Download the Statement of Duties and any Associated Documents

We encourage you to review the Applicant Guide and Statement of Duties, prior to applying for an overview of the duties, program, selection process and selection criteria.

Applicant Guide

How to Apply

Apply Online.  Please click the “Apply now” button on this screen.  This ensures important questions about you are answered. 

You will be prompted to complete a 1-2 page application detailing your experience, skills and knowledge as they relate to the attached Statement of Duties.

Please Note:

  • We do not require a separate statement addressing the selection criteria in the Statement of Duties.
  • All attachments must be in Microsoft Word or PDF format.
  • Referee details are submitted as part of the online application so make sure you have the contact details of two referees before applying.

For More Information

Wendy Edwards
Clinical Nurse Consultant (Team Leader) Alcohol & Drug Service
(03) 6464 3131
[email protected]

To apply for this role, please go to and look for vacancy number 500866.

Applications close:  Sunday 16 October 2022 at 11:55pm

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