Community and Peer Advisor First People Recruitment Solutions


About the Department

A federal agency charged with the responsibility of delivering government programs for war veterans, members of the Australian Defence Force, members of the Australian Federal Police, and their dependants.

About the Role

The role of Community and Peer Advisor requires someone with lived experience of mental health issues and Australian Defence Force (ADF) service, as either an ex-ADF member or partner/carer of a current or ex-ADF member (spouse, ex-partner or widow/widower). The position entails using one’s lived experience to respectfully support and educate clients, consumers and stakeholders about strengths-based, recovery-oriented practices and community support services.

The Community and Peer Advisor will work collaboratively within a regional Community Engagement Team to provide direct support to Open Arms clients. The position will also work with key internal and external stakeholders to influence a recovery approach to service delivery for veterans and serving ADF members and their families, and in doing so foster wellbeing.


  • Provide individual and personalised peer support services to current and former ADF members and their families in accordance with Open Arms policies and procedures. Collaboratively identify client goals and develop an individualise Action Plan to identify strengths and measure progress.
  • Apply lived-experience and knowledge of veterans’ and families’ to foster and sustain strong rapport with clients, acknowledging the expertise a client has and the guidance they can bring to their own life and mental wellbeing.
  • Collaborate with team members to co-facilitate relevant group programs; represent Open Arms in the veteran community; and build networks by working with key internal and external stakeholders to influence a recovery approach to service delivery for veterans, current ADF members, and their families.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Lived experience of mental health issues and ADF service, as either an ex-ADF member or partner/carer of a current serving or ex-ADF member (spouse, ex-partner or widow/widower).
  • The ability to respectfully and effectively utilise this experience to promote a recovery focused approach to support others.
  • Willingness to undertake relevant training and professional development, including completion of certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work.

What’s on offer.

The successful candidate will notionally be offered a hourly rate contract thru to 30th June 2024, at the APS5 level. This position is based in Canberra.

As this role is with the Federal Government, only Australian citizens that hold a baseline clearance or a willingness to obtain, will be considered for this vacancy.

How to Apply

Click APPLY or contact Kandice | Consultant Talent Acquisition on 0448 974 777 for for a confidential discussion.

Please submit applications in Word format only by COB Tuesday 5th September 2023.

FIRST PEOPLE Recruitment Solutions is a 100% Indigenous owned agency providing contingent contracts, fixed term contracts and permanent recruitment solutions to Government and Corporate Australia.

Our Head Office is based in Canberra with a national reach to all the states and territories, regional and remote areas of Australia.

FIRST PEOPLE Recruitment Solutions encourage applications from Indigenous Australians and Non-Indigenous Australians together with people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

FIRST PEOPLE Recruitment Solutions acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and recognizes their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respect to them and their cultures; and to elders both past, present and emerging.



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