NSW Government

Employment Type: Permanent Full Time
Position Classification: Counsellor Level 1
Remuneration: $70,944 – $82,899 Per Annum + 11% Super + Salary Packaging
Hours Per Week: 38
Requisition ID: REQ462908

Applications Close: Thursday, 8th February 2024

Drug and Alcohol Counsellor


About the role:

  • Located at Tamworth Community Health Centre, this position involves offering counselling services to individuals referred to the Drug and Alcohol Service, with a specific focus on addressing and assisting clients dealing with substance use issues.
  • Our Counselling team at present comprises only one counsellor, forming a compact group dedicated to providing support and assistance.
  • Guided by Senior Counsellors and an extensive multidisciplinary team, receive comprehensive orientation from the Clinical Supervisor for effective support and integration.
  • Enhance your skills with monthly opportunities for online education, Clinical Reviews, and Drug and Alcohol Education, fostering continuous learning and improvement.
  • An eligibility list will be created for future permanent full or part time and temporary full or part time vacancies.

About the location:

  • Nestled in the heart of New England, Tamworth beckons with its inviting country charm. Whether you’re considering a move, savour year-round stellar food, and wine in this vibrant community, known for its warm hospitality.
  • Come work with us and enjoy our friendly city, which offers a broad range of experiences from sport and lifestyle, art and culture, music and entertainment, cafes and restaurants and weekend adventures.
  • Find out more about Tamworth here:


  • Four weeks annual leave
  • Up to 12 allocated days off each year
  • Superannuation contributions 11%

– Up to $9k for living expenses + $2.6k meal & entertainment + Novated leasing. * Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for staff and family members

  • Opportunity to work and collaborate with a range of non-clinical and clinical professionals


  • Must hold a degree in Social Work, Psychology, Nursing, Counselling or other qualification deemed equivalent by the employer, which provides eligibility or membership of the relevant professional association and full registration through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA),

where applicable. * Eligible to drive in NSW and the ability and willingness to travel for work purposes which may involve driving long distances.

About you:

Our ideal candidate will possess the following attributes:

  • Demonstrate exceptional organisational skills, ethical conduct, establish clear boundaries, and uphold strict confidentiality standard
  • Collaborative team member with a friendly demeanour, promoting inclusivity, and demonstrating a non-judgmental approach towards others

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For role related queries or questions contact Patricia Skelton on Patricia.Skelton@health.nsw.gov.au

Information for Applicants:

  • Applicants will be assessed against the essential requirements and selection criteria contained within the position description (link below). For assistance addressing selection criteria visit:
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. * This is a Category A position. Recommended applicants will be reviewed for compliance with NSW Health policy directive
for Category A positions prior to offer. All new employees must agree to comply with the requirements outlined in the policy. * All NSW Health workers are required to have completed a primary course of a COVID-19 vaccine which has been approved or recognised by the Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA). New applicants must have completed the vaccination course prior to commencement with NSW Health or provide an approved medical contraindication certificate (AIR Immunisation History Statement) certifying the worker cannot have any approved COVID-19 vaccines available in NSW.

  • To be eligible for permanent employment in this position you must be an Australian Citizen, or a permanent resident of Australia, or a New Zealand citizen with a current New Zealand Passport. Employment of a temporary visa holder may only occur if no suitable local candidate is identified for the position; in this instance, you may only be offered employment in line with the conditions and expiry date of your visa.
  • We are unable to accommodate visa sponsorship for applicants requiring a visa for this position.
  • Acceptable proof of COVID-19 vaccination is the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) Immunisation History Statement (IHS), or AIR COVID-19 Digital Certificate, or AIR COVID-19 and Influenza IHS. Booster doses are highly recommended for all health care workers who have completed the primary course of COVID-19 vaccinations.
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