Peer Worker The Buttery Limited


Peer Worker: Murwillumbah, Mullumbimby, Lismore and Woodburn 


Enjoy six weeks paid annual leave pro rata with generous NFP salary packaging options 

Be rewarded by the life-changing outcomes your work is supporting



About the role: As a Peer Worker with us, you will get to provide immediate trauma-informed and person-centred care to participants experiencing distress who present to the drop in Safe Haven hub.


The Buttery’s Safe Havens provide a safe space for the community to walk in and connect with a team of people in a comfortable and approachable environment. Based in Lismore, Woodburn, Mullumbimby and Murwillumbah, we offer support and connection and someone to talk to at the time of need. To ensure they receive follow-up support, participants will be offered information or a link with psychological, psychosocial and other community supports, depending on their needs.


Safe Havens aim to:

  • Provide immediate, personalised and compassionate care
  • Connect people to support services to address the underlying factors in their distress
  • Reduce pressure on hospital emergency departments
  • Reduce self-harm, suicide attempts and deaths by suicide.


Hours and location: Safe Havens are open from 12-6pm seven days a week so capacity to work some weekends is required. The role is 35 hours per week and worked over 5 days with time for paperwork and training when havens are not open to the public. This peer worker position will require flexibility to work across all four havens.


About you: Selection criteria:

  1. Certificate IV in Mental Health or Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work or higher tertiary qualifications
  2. A current Driver’s Licence is required. A COVID vaccination, satisfactory current Criminal Record Check and Working with Children Check is mandatory prior to commencement. 
  3. At least one year’s experience as a peer worker.
  4. A personal experience of recovery from suicidality/mental health condition(s), with the capacity to briefly outline the steps you took towards recovery and how you remain active in your recovery.
  5. An understanding of trauma-informed care and strategies for suicide prevention. 
  6. Established networks and relationships with a with a range of referral services across the local community.
  7. Capacity to work some weekends and current opening hours (12-6pm).
  8. Demonstrated proficiency using the Microsoft suite, a variety of databases and video conferencing tools such as Zoom/Teams.


What’s in it for you: 

The Buttery supports its staff with generous work conditions and benefits – whether its ways to make money go further, a great work culture, recognition of First Nations Peoples, or opportunities to develop skills. The Buttery’s reward package includes: 

  • Flexible working solutions to support work-life balance. We offer the potential to scale your hours up or down over time. 
  • Six weeks paid annual leave (pro rata) is provided to spend more time on holiday. 
  • Internal opportunities to transfer and work in other programs.  
  • Training and development opportunities. 
  • Access to external clinical supervision for direct service staff. 
  • 24/7 Employee Assistance Program includes access to an online wellbeing platform and financial and legal advice, free to staff and their immediate family. 
  • Salary sacrifice benefits allow a 6-12% increase in take home pay. Staff receive an ATO-approved incentive and can access 15,899 of tax-free salary to pay a mortgage, rent, loan, credit card or school fees. 
  • A $2,650 meal and accommodation card. 
  • The ability to package computer, phone, or novated vehicle lease costs. 


Find out more: For a position description, see

For any other queries, please contact [email protected]

This role is remunerated with a rate of $32.21ph (SCHCDS Level 2) with access to salary packaging to potentially increase your take home pay by another 5k). The role is funded to June 2024 with potential for extension.


How to apply: Please email your resume and cover letter addressing the selection criteria above to [email protected]

In your cover letter, please note which role you are interested in and use each of the selection criteria above as a heading and write a brief paragraph under each one addressing it. Unfortunately, applications that do not address the selection criteria will not be considered. 


Applications close: 9am on Friday 1st September. We will be processing applications every few days so we encourage you to apply at your earliest convenience so you don’t miss out!


About us: The Buttery is a not-for-profit charitable organisation established in 1973.Through residential and community-based programs, we specialise in the treatment of alcohol and other drug misuse and mental health concerns. Our programs are evidence-based, best-practice and informed by the latest research into addiction treatment. We never stop believing in change for the better, and we work constantly to improve the lives of the people we support. 


The Buttery recognises the benefits that diversity and inclusion bring, and encourages people from all backgrounds, abilities and identities to apply to our vacancies. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and CALD and LGBTIQA+ community members are encouraged to apply.