Job Details
  • Reference380418B_1631587504
  • LocationHobart, Hobart, Tasmania
  • SalaryAU$51 - AU$54 per hour + + Super
  • Job TypeContract
  • Posted10 days ago
  • ConsultantVedangi More

Open Arms, a well-regarded government organization, provide an essential service by supporting our defense personnel and their families in a time of need. Possessing a large portfolio of sites across Australia, they are currently seeking a Community and Peer Advisor to join their team in Hobart for a in initial 12-month contract, with the genuine opportunity to extend.

The role of Community and Peer Advisor requires someone with lived experience of mental health issues and Australian Defense Force (ADF) service, as either an ex-ADF member or partner/carer of a current or ex-ADF member (spouse, ex-partner or widow/widower). The position entails using one's lived experience to respectfully support and educate clients, consumers and stakeholders about strengths-based, recovery-oriented practices and community support services.
The Community and Peer Advisor will work collaboratively within a regional Community Engagement Team to provide direct support to Open Arms clients. The position will also work with key internal and external stakeholders to influence a recovery approach to service delivery for veterans and serving ADF members and their families, and in doing so foster wellbeing.

In accordance with the principles of workplace diversity, Work Health and Safety, participative work practices, APS values and APS Employment Principles:

  • In line with Open Arms policy and procedures, provide personalised peer support services to current and former ADF members and their families
  • Where appropriate, share knowledge gained through one's relevant lived experience and recovery to promote awareness, understanding and service improvement.
  • Role model behaviours which promote mental health recovery and wellness for the purpose of client, community, and stakeholder education and engagement.
  • Co-facilitate relevant group programs.
  • Work effectively and cooperatively as a member of the Community Engagement Team
  • Represent Open Arms and the peer workforce to strengthen the organisation's public profile, in order to further enhance Open Arms' responsiveness and reach.
  • Work with key internal and external stakeholders to influence a recovery approach to service delivery for veteran, current ADF and their families.
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of Open Arms' Clinical Practice and Governance policies and Accreditation.
  • Participate in Open Arms program evaluation and research activities, strategic direction and quality improvement, particularly in relation to community engagement activities.
  • Support participative workplace practices in line with policies of WHS, Workplace Diversity and the Australian Public Service values, Employment Principles and the APS Code of Conduct.
  • Collaborate with Community and Peer Advisors and Community Engagement Coordinators both locally and nationally, including participating in and contributing to a peer work Community of Practice.
  • Participate in regular supervision, training, case conferencing and case review meetings.


  • Lived experience of mental health issues and ADF service, as either an ex-ADF member or partner/carer of a current serving or ex-ADF member (spouse, ex-partner or widow/widower).
  • To respectfully and effectively utilise this experience to promote a recovery focused approach to support others
  • Willingness to undertake relevant training and professional development, including completion of certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work
  • Qualifications must be that of a mental health professional.
  • Qualified health professionals must have current registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Agency (AHPRA).
  • Mental health accredited social workers must be registered with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).
  • Working with Children (WWC) and/or Vulnerable People Checks/Clearance must be obtained prior to commencing in the position.


  • Experience supporting veterans and/or their family members and promoting recovery orientated behaviours
  • Experience in casework or other human services delivery

Suited to an applicant with demonstrated experience working within the field of mental health, you will possess a relevant qualification, preferably as a clinical psychologist or psychologist, be industry passionate and pride yourself on delivering a high level of service.

For more information, contact Vedangi More on 0469889351 or simply apply online with your updated CV and a cover letter up to a 1000 words.

Applications close 24/09/21 at 12pm.