Is this you?  

You are a compassionate and outcomes driven health professional and have a background in AOD, health, dual diagnosis or social work. As our Dual Diagnosis Counsellor you will be working with some of Melbourne’s most vulnerable adults experiencing homelessness and disadvantage - and this fuels your fire! You understand the importance of empowering service users to positively engage in their physical and mental health and are passionate about strengths, and therapeutic-based interventions to support positive change.  

You will be a specialist in your area, but when we are in thick of it, you know the importance of playing off each-other’s strengths and having each-others back #1YP.

You’re bendy 
You know that not every day will be the same. You can switch from providing support to a service user, to mentoring your team mates, to reporting on impact to your manager in the blink of an eye. Changing lives is your passion, but you still embrace rolling up your sleeves and mucking in to get the job done.  

You see the person  
You’re full of creative ways to meet our service users where they are at and believe that engagement shouldn’t be a one-size-fits-all-model. You always see the person (and not just their immediate situation) because you understand that everyone has different needs, and that is okay.  

You care

Our frontline warriors and changemakers at Youth Projects are here because we genuinely want to break the cycle of disadvantage, and we want you to want that too! 

A bit about the role

You will be providing Dual Diagnosis counselling and time-limited care co-ordination to our services users at The Living Room, located on Melbourne’s iconic Hosier Lane. It is a unique service combining health, drop-in support, and social connectedness.  

If you worked here this past month here are some things you might have been involved in: 

  • Conducted high-quality and comprehensive assessments for service users  
  • Celebrated with our services users when they have had a win (no matter how big or small) 
  • Conducted therapeutic counselling sessions for service users 
  • Advocated and fought for the support an individual actually needs with other providers and government departments  
  • Undertook reflective practice and professional development with your diverse team 
  • Worked collaboratively with The Living Room care team to provide holistic response to service users 
  • Completed monthly reporting to help us measure our impact 
  • Built and nurtured partnerships with key AOD, acute mental health, housing, Aboriginal, legal and family violence services 
  • Developed Goal Directed Care Plans in conjunction with nursing and general practice staff
  • Recorded case notes and the outcomes of your sessions  
  • Implemented initiatives to better support service user engagement  

A bit about us

The Living Room is a specialist AOD primary health service, the team works with people aged 18+ to provide free healthcare and support to improve the physical, mental and social well-being of individuals who are, or at risk of experiencing homelessness. 

The only service of its kind in Melbourne, focuses on the social determinants of health to look beyond disease or illness, to see a person's overall situation. Our multi-disciplinary team works with individuals to identify goals and focus on harm minimisation, self-determination, and empowerment. 

We are a non-judgemental service with a strong focus on respect, client centred care and harm prevention. We work with clients on a personalised, tailored basis to address highly complex issues faced by people experiencing multiple and complex needs. 

Youth Projects is an independent, registered charity providing front line support to young people and individuals experiencing disadvantage, unemployment, homelessness, alcohol and other drug issues. We recognise the complex and varying needs of the people we work with and go above and beyond, 365 days a year, to provide pathways out of poverty. 

Why should you work with us?  

Every day you spend working with us, you’re making a difference. The stronger our frontline warrior, the bigger our impact of breaking the cycle of disadvantage. We think that’s a pretty great perk, but we don’t stop there… here are some of the others; 

  • You’re in the heart of Melbourne and a 5-minute walk from Flinders St Station  
  • Access to generous salary packaging 
  • Access to meals & entertainment benefits and novated leasing (if desired) 
  • Supervision every fortnight and access to external clinical supervision 
  • Flexible work environment 
  • Uncapped Employee Assistance Program 
  • 17.5% Annual Leave Loading 
  • Plus, additional paid leave including wellbeing, family violence, study and an extra 5 personal days we also provide flexibility to take extra unpaid leave. 


We’re a non-profit organisation that fills from a full cup but not a full pocketIn order to attract strong talent, we pay competitively, remunerate based on your skills and experience and, are determined to make this the best job you'll ever have 

This position is paid under the SCHCADS Award.

Think you have what it takes and want to join the team at Youth Projects? Send through a cover letter and your resume to [email protected].  

Recruitment for this position will be undertaken as applications are received. The position will be filled when a successful candidate has been selected. 


Our commitment to diversity 

At Youth Projects, we value diversity and believe that a range of backgrounds brings a variety of ideas, perspectives and experiences that will enhance our effectiveness. We promote a workplace that actively seeks to include, welcome and value unique contributions and encourage applications from candidates with a disability, culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and indigenous candidates 

Safety screening 

Youth Projects has a zero tolerance for child abuse and is committed to the provision of a child-safe organisation. All Youth Projects staff must undergo Police and Working with Children Checks.