Recovery Program Worker – Solid Steps

Posted 4 weeks ago

Recovery Program Worker – Solid Steps

Permanent full-time 76 hours per fortnight

Location: Casuarina Prison

About Us

Palmerston Association is a leading and respected not for profit provider of alcohol and other drug services. We have a rich and proud history of providing support through a range of services including counselling, groups, residential rehabilitation, and educational initiatives.

About the role

The new Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Recovery and Rehabilitation Unit, located within Casuarina prison supports participants to develop and achieve their individual recovery plans through the Solid Steps AOD Recovery Program.

Palmerston Association and Wungening Aboriginal Corporation are the partners working closely with the Department of Justice to provide a community within the unit which facilitates a recovery focused, culturally responsive and safe program for participants. We are offering opportunities to Recovery Program Workers (Support Workers) who want to be part of a meaningful and unique program which makes a difference in the lives of individuals and the community.

Our Recovery Program teams will be supported by our Senior Recovery Educators to provide group and individual program activities in accordance with the service model. They provide guidance and support to participants in pursuit and achievement of program and individual goals through maintaining a positive, culturally safe presence.

Pay Level is equivalent to Level 4 – Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010.

About you

Our team of Recovery Program Workers will have;

  • Demonstrated capacity to work responsibly in accordance with service policy and procedures
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively and support with a range of people from culturally and linguistically (CALD) diverse backgrounds, in particular Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Proven experience in group facilitation
  • Proven experience in the delivery of one on one support sessions
  • Ability to maintain case notes and records
  • Comprehension of supporting individuals with complex and co-occurring needs

To see the FULL Selection Criteria, please see the link below to the JDF on our website.

JDF – Recovery Program Worker – Solid Steps October 2023 (1)


  • Excellent salary packaging options, receive up to $15,900 plus additional salary packaging of up to $2,650 for meal and entertainment expenses
  • 2 days life and wellness leave (pro rata)
  • 6 weeks paid parental leave after 12 months continuous service
  • Partial access to long service leave after 5 years continuous service
  • Flexible, family orientated working conditions
  • Annual leave loading of 17.5% for award-based staff
  • Opportunities to join and get involved in various working groups such as the Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group (RAP), Rainbow Community Initiative Committee, Environmental Working Group and the Disability Access Inclusion Policy Working Group.
  • 2 days paid and 8 days unpaid cultural leave for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff
  • Aboriginal Staff Forum for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff to connect and collaborate

To apply

If this sounds like the role for you then click on the apply button on Seek! Alternatively, you can submit your application at one of our branches.

In your application please ensure that you:

  • Submit your resume
  • Submit your cover letter addressing the selection criteria as outlined in the JDF
  • Complete all application questions

Closing date: Friday 8th March 2024.

Shortlisting will commencing straightaway, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

The successful candidate must possess a National Police Clearance that was obtained within 3 months, and a valid WA Working with Children Check.

For further information on the position please contact Kate Moore on 0402 760 969 or email

We seek and welcome diversity and a breadth of experience and backgrounds in our teams. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and people who identify as LGBTIQ+ are encouraged to apply.

Palmerston is currently preparing for accreditation for Rainbow Tick as part of our ongoing commitment to delivering safe and inclusive services for LGBTQI+ people.

If you would like to have a yarn on what it’s like to work at Palmerston as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander employee at Palmerston please contact our Executive Manager, Cultural Lead – Rohan Collard via email

Apply Online