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Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Alcohol and Drugs Worker

Alcohol and Drugs Workers provide services to clients in relation to alcohol and other drug issues. Your work includes counselling, referral, advocacy, and education and health promotion services. You would have specialist knowledge, skills and abilities, especially in regard to laws affecting clients, the range of services available to them and health issues related to alcohol and drug use and misuse.

Summary of Training

Core Units (16 required)

  • Provide systems advocacy services
  • Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
  • Assess needs of client with alcohol and other drugs issues
  • Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues
  • Develop strategies for relapse prevention management and harm minimisation
  • Provide advanced interventions to meet the needs of clients with alcohol and other drug issues
  • Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans
  • Assess co-existing needs
  • Establish and manage client relationships
  • Work with diverse people
  • Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
  • Work effectively in trauma informed care
  • Research and apply evidence to practice
  • Collaborate in professional practice
  • Reflect on and improve own professional practice
  • Provide first aid

Elective Units (6 required)

  • Work with clients who are intoxicated
  • Provide needle and syringe services
  • Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs
  • Work within a structure counselling framework
  • Meet statutory and organisation information requirements
  • Work collaboratively with the care network and other services

Please note that this Job & Training Description provides an example of the selection of non-core units. Alternative combinations of units may be selected and in some cases prerequisite units may need to be completed. For advice contact Apprenticeship Network providers or an approved Registered Training Organisation.

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Alcohol & Other Drugs

IICertificate II
IIICertificate III
IVCertificate IV
AdAdvanced Diploma

This occupation fits generally with these groupings

Industry Group
Health, Care & Community Services

Work Type
Helping & Advising

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Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this overall industry in the past two years. Commencements in 2016: 11120

Source: NCVER Apprentice and trainee collection, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Wage

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Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Growth

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Source: Department of Employment, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

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Source: Department of Employment, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

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Source: Department of Employment, 2017. AATIS analysis.

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Availability Information and More Details

Alcohol and Drugs Worker - CHC53215
NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

36 mths 48 mths 24 mths 48 mths
Part Time
Commencements 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 30
ASbA
Classification T * T T
Availability of Australian Apprenticeships and Nominal Duration (in months)

A = identified by the State or Territory as an Apprenticeship

T = identified by the State or Territory as a Traineeship

* = An approved qualification in Tasmania is available as an Apprenticeship/Traineeship.

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Commencements

Commencement data source: National Apprentices and Trainees collection (June 2017 estimates), NCVER rounded estimates for the 2016 calendar year. Qualifications with no recorded commencements may not appear. This data is for general information purposes only.

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ANZSCO Classification: 411712

Note: This is an indicative Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) classification for this occupation, provided as a guide only. Apprenticeship Network providers should refer to DET guidelines regarding ANZSCO codes.

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