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Alcohol and Other Drugs Worker

Discover how to become an alcohol and other drugs worker in the community services sector. Discover information on salary, growth, stability and occupational expectations.

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The current average salary of an Alcohol and Other Drugs Worker is $78,200 - 104,200 annually


What does an Alcohol and Other Drugs Worker do?

Alcohol and other drugs workers might undertake tasks such as providing support, information and advice to clients about alcohol and other drugs, as well as mental health and addictions. 

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What skills do you need to be an Alcohol and Other Drugs Worker?

Alcohol and other drugs workers might interview and assess clients about the nature and extent of their difficulties with alcohol and other drugs.

  • Referring their clients to alcohol and other drugs agencies to provide additional help
  • ​Counselling and supporting their clients on managing issues with alcohol and other drugs
  • Talking with community groups, other stakeholders, government bodies and private clients about promoting awareness of drugs issues
  • Supporting the families of clients, and providing education about dealing with drug related issues
  • Assessing community need and resources for health, drug and alcohol management, employment, and other services
  • Putting together submissions for funding and resources

How to become an Alcohol and Other Drugs Worker 

If you're interested in becoming an Alcohol and Other Drugs Worker, studying a CHC43215 - Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs is the relevant qualification needed to work in the field. It's also beneficial to have experience through a Drug and Alcohol volunteer program.

If you're keen to advance your career in the alcohol and other drugs field, it's encouraged to pursue higher level qualifications in counselling, mental health or psychology. 

Alcohol and other drugs worker quick facts

Working as an alcohol and other drugs worker can be a fulfilling role. Find out more about what you can expect in the profession here.

Employment for Alcohol and Other Drugs Workers is expected to grow strongly in the next five years. From 62,200 in 2020 to 73,300 by 2025. 

  • Average Hours Worked
    41 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 40 hours.
  • Main Industries
    Health care and social assistance; community services, public administration and safety; and other services
  • Job Growth
    Expected to grow strongly in the next five years. From 62,200 in 2020 to 73,300 by 2025.

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from and the Australian Government's - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.

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