Community and Peer Advisor



Australian Capital TerritorySydney

Job Type


Job Ref

Date Posted

Fri, 29th January 2021

The Community and Peer Advisor will work collaboratively within a regional Community Engagement Team to provide direct support to clients.

The position of Community and Peer Advisor requires someone with lived experience of mental illness and Australian Defence Force (ADF) service. The position entails using one’s lived experience to respectfully support and educate consumers and stakeholders about recovery oriented practices and community support services. It entails working collaboratively with key internal and external stakeholders so as to enhance ability to identify and respond to the needs of vulnerable and at risk veterans, current and former defence force members and/or their families. This role takes a strengths-based, recovery approach to supporting vulnerable and/or at risk consumers to foster wellbeing. The position incorporates the development and maintenance of community relationships and the provision of direct support to individuals and/or their families.

  • 2 year fixed term contract
  • $54ph + Super
  • Sydney, NSW


  • Identify as being a person with lived experience of mental illness and ADF service for the purpose of community education.
  • Role model behaviours which promote recovery and wellness for the purpose of community education and consumer engagement
  • Provide personalised support services to veterans, current and former ADF members and their families through the development of individualised strength-based assessments and plans, collaboration with others in the client’s life (including relevant service providers) and advocacy and referral (i.e., case coordination).
  • Work systemically with key internal and external stakeholders to influence a recovery approach to service delivery for vulnerable or at risk veteran and defence force communities and families. This includes the development of a shared knowledge base that assists with informing appropriate practice and referral pathways for service access.
  • Co-facilitation of relevant group programs for service consumers and providers.
  • Participation in program evaluation and research activities, contributing to project management activities that implement strategic direction and quality improvement recommendations, and provide feedback for ongoing development of clinical policies and procedures, particularly in relation to community engagement and development activities.
  • Undertaking relevant training and professional development, including participation in regular supervision, case conferencing and case review meetings.
  • Participating in internal and external meetings as directed. Where appropriate, share knowledge gained through one’s relevant lived experience and recovery during team meetings to promote awareness and understanding.
  • Working effectively and cooperatively as a member of the Care Coordination team.
  • Applying the principles of cooperative and safe work practices consistent with APS Values and the Department’s mission, vision, approach and values.


  • Lived experience of mental illness and Australian Defence Force service (for example, ex-ADF member who has been a consumer of mental health services). Ability to respectfully and effectively utilise this experience to promote a recovery focused approach and to mentor or support others.
  • Eligibility and a willingness to obtain a Working with Children Check
  • Current Driver’s License
  • Willingness to undertake relevant training and professional development, including completion of certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work
  • Background preference of a Royal Australian Air Force or Navy Veteran
  • Experience in casework or other human services delivery

All applicants must be an Australian Citizen

If the role sounds right for you then click “APPLY NOW” or please call Holly Gilson on 02 9003 4907 or for more information

Please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

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