The Victorian alcohol and other drug treatment services workforce performs a vital role in providing effective, safe and high-quality alcohol and other drug treatment and support services.
The alcohol and other drug treatment sector includes alcohol and other drug workers, nurses, clinical consultants, general practitioners, addiction medicine specialists, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counsellors, peer workers, occupational therapists, researchers, trainers, managers and administrators. Most are multiskilled, tertiary educated and experienced in working with people who have complex needs.
The Victorian Government is committed to supporting the alcohol and other drug sector to address people’s needs and respond to these challenges, particularly those individuals and communities who are most vulnerable and adversely impacted. Responsive and outcomes-focused service requires a workforce that is capable, supported and sustainable.
Building the capability, capacity and sustainability of the workforce to meet the government’s vision for the sector is a complex challenge. It requires a long-term outlook and a whole-of-sector perspective.
Learning and development
Learning and development enhances Victorian alcohol and other drug workers’ competencies, capabilities and practice.
Alcohol and other drug workforce Minimum Qualification Strategy
The Minimum Qualification Strategy aims to ensure that alcohol and other drug workers in Victoria are appropriately trained and competent.
Workforce data and planning
Victorian alcohol and other drug workforce data will be updated by the 2016 Alcohol and Drug Workforce Survey for long-term evidence-based planning.
Workforce development tools and resources
The Rural Workforce Innovation Grant Program provides resources for the alcohol and other drug sector to address challenges and promote best practice.
Reviewed 23 November 2022