Is this you?

You’re passionate about working with at-risk and vulnerable young people with AOD concerns and are familiar with family-focussed approaches to case management when it comes to working with young people. You've got at least 1+ years' experience up your sleeve and the relevant qualifications to back it up.

You know the importance of providing effective interventions, client advocacy and implementing the principles of harm minimisation when developing treatment plans and supporting substance misuse, housing breakdowns, mental health & relationship challenges.

Ideally, you’ll come with tertiary qualifications in Social Work, Youth Work, Community Development, or similar disciplines complimented with AOD qualifications.

You’re bendy
You know not every day will be the same, you can switch from providing support, to advocating for service access, to writing up case notes 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 may not be the captain of this team (…yet) but when we are in thick of it, we play off each-other’s strengths and have each-others back #1YP

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, not just their immediate situation because you understand that everyone has different needs, and that is okay.

You care

Our frontline warriors and change makers are all 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 working within our Youth Outreach Team to empower young people with AOD issues and will be based out of our HQ in Glenroy when you're not doing outreach across Melbourne’s Northwest.

Here are some of things you could expect to be doing in your first month:

  • Managing a caseload that focusses on engaging service users in structured and semi-structured counselling sessions.
  • Supporting service users to reduce their level of substance use, reduce their high-risk behaviours and experience of AOD related harm.
  • Working with service users to improve their physical and mental health, including emotional and psychological wellbeing.
  • Ensuring some of our services’ most vulnerable service users are linked with the appropriate services to address their needs and barriers to health and housing outcomes.
  • Engaging service users to improve their health literacy and capacity to better understand and manage their own health and wellbeing.
  • Integrating care with the existing service system to enhance service coordination and collaboration.
  • Conducting supported referrals across a range of domains.
  • Undertaking professional develop to grow within your professional self.

For more information on the role, check out the success profile (position description)

A bit about us:

We are an independent, registered charity providing front line support to young people and individuals experiencing disadvantage, unemployment, homelessness, alcohol and other drug issues. We also help those looking to re-engage with learning and employment. 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.

Last year, our highly skilled multi-disciplinary team provided 15,288 face-to-face contacts to people via The Living Room, supported 1,243 young people through our employment and training programs, and dispensed 1.3+ million safe injecting kits through our harm reduction programs. 

We have the ability to provide a complete wrap around, judgement free service with a strong focus on respect, service users-centred care and harm prevention. The impact we seek enables each person to lead longer lives, have improved health, meaningful employment and a greater sense of belonging, safety and security through a holistic model of care.

We operate out of two flagship sites (on the iconic Hosier Lane and in vibrant Glenroy) and are growing to deliver services across 15 more outreach locations across Victoria.  

Our culture is casual yet professional and high energy. We encourage flexibility for your work/life balance. Our team is serious about their work but doesn’t take themselves too seriously. 

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.

  • Working across Melbourne’s North West Regions
  • Free specialty coffee at the office
  • Access to generous salary packaging
  • Access to meals & entertainment benefits and novated leasing (if desired)
  • 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 or travel while working,


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

The Youth AOD Outreach Worker position is paid under the SCHADS Award (Level 4).

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. 

Please note is a requirement of all Youth Projects positions that the successful applicant holds a valid Working with Children’s Check, Police Check and is vaccinated for COVID-19.


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.