Workforce Development

Workforce development and training opportunities for people working in the alcohol and other drug sector in Western Australia.

Upcoming Training and Workforce Development Opportunities

North Metro TAFE - Certificate IV Alcohol and Other Drugs

This qualification offers the opportunity to begin or enhance your career in the AOD sector; to supplement your existing qualification with a specialist Certificate, and/or; to formalise your existing experience in the Community Sector working with issues surrounding AOD use. The course covers all core AOD knowledge and skills from completing assessments to providing interventions.

On Campus study - NEW to TAFE in WA: Applications for full time study, at the Midland campus, in 2nd semester 2020 will be open from Wednesday 6th May 2020. Please complete and submit your full time application via our website. On campus study occurs in a supportive environment and is a great opportunity for students who want face to face time with lecturers, and interaction with fellow learners.

Employer Based Training: Employer-based training is a flexible self-paced training program offered to individuals currently working in a job role related to the qualification. Employer-based training allows you to attain a qualification without taking time off work to attend classes.

Online Study: Online study is completed over 18 months and is suited to self-motivated students who do not yet work in the sector and who have commitments that prevent them from studying on campus.

Fees: The Cert IV AOD is included in the 'Lower fees, local skills' initiative and the fees are half price until the end of 2021.

Queries and applications: Queries and applications can be sent via the North Metro TAFE website.


360edge - Navigating complexity - 2 day masterclass online workshop.
Part 1 - Wednesday 30 September 2020, 9am-4.30pm (AEST)
Part 2 -Thursday 1 October 2020, 9am-4.30pm (AEST)
Earlybird $490 until 18 September 2020 |  Standard $640 after 18 September 2020

Explore what you need to know about common mental health conditions and what works in alcohol and other drug treatment with the most up to date evidence. Adapt and expand your understanding of comorbidity and build knowledge, confidence and skills in responding effectively to assist your clients.

Book your ticket for 360edge Navigating Complexity at TryBooking.


NCETA Webinar Series - New insights on the AOD workforce - the AOD National Workforce Survey 2019-2020
Presented by Dr Natalie Skinner, NCETA
Wednesday 14 October 2020
12noon - 1pm AWST (1.30pm - 2.30pm ACST)

The National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) is hosting this free webinar. The webinar will cover: Who is in the AOD workforce? How well qualified are they? What are the top professional development needs? What’s happening with worker wellbeing? Did you know that 93% of Australia’s AOD workforce find their work meaningful and that 81% are satisfied with their jobs?

For more information and to register, please visit NCETA Webinar Series.


360edge -  Superskills for supervisors.
Thursday 12 November    9am - 4:30pm (AEST)
Earlybird $290 until 5 November 2020 |  Standard $350 after 5 November 2020

Are you a supervisor in the AOD sector or want to become one? Have you found yourself supervising others with no training on how to do supervision effectively? Join this one day online workshop and walk away with confidence. The key to great supervision is practice improvement.

Book your ticket for 360edge Superskills for Supervisors at TryBooking.


Murdoch University - Free Training: Family-based intervention for youth alcohol and other drug use and co-occurring mental health issues in Western Australia  

Presented by Professor Andrew Lewis, Director of Clinical Psychology at Murdoch University and accredited BEST trainer
Thursday 26 and Friday 27 November 2020
Murdoch University South Street campus

 Murdoch University is offering free Behaviour Exchange and Systems Therapy (BEST) facilitator training for clinicians across Western Australia.

BEST is an evidence-based, 8-week, multi-family group program for parents and their young persons (12-24yo) with substance use and/or mental health issues. Previously implemented and evaluated in Victoria, BEST was effective in engaging at-risk youth who initially refused services, reducing their substance use, problem behaviours and mental health symptoms, as well as improving family functioning.

Trained facilitators will gain accreditation through a two-day workshop and supervision in implementing the program in your service. This project is funded by the WA Department of Justice.

For more information, please download  pdf Introduction to the BEST Implementation Project (238 KB)  or contact the Murdoch Research Team on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Australian Government - COVID-19 Infection Control Training

This 30-minute online training module is for health care workers in all settings. It covers the fundamentals of infection prevention and control for COVID-19.

Access the online COVID-19 Infection Control Training. More information is also available in the Australian Government Department of Health information sheet Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for health care and residential care workers.


Make Smoking History - Smoking Cessation Brief Advice Online Training

The online courses will help staff make conversations about smoking, using the 3-step brief advice model, a regular part of their interactions with clients or patients. It will also increase their knowledge of best practice tobacco dependence treatment, and what services and resources are available to support clients or patients to reduce and quit smoking.

Everyone who works directly with clients or patients should undertake this training.

Visit Make Smoking History for more details.


SMART Recovery Australia - Online SMART Recovery Facilitator Training

Learn how to run an online SMART Recovery meeting by completing this six-hour interactive e-learning course. Part 2 of the training is a live and interactive two-hour video conference workshop that will run through simulated meeting scenarios and get you comfortable with facilitating online support groups.

Register at SMART Recovery Australia.


Wild Butterfly Documentary Screenings

Nine years in the making, set in WA and meticulously researched. Wild Butterfly is a dramatized documentary that explores the trauma of childhood sexual violence and its relationship to ongoing mental health issues and drug use. It uncovers the hidden story behind a family’s tragic circumstances and opens our eyes to the impacts of social injustices and prejudices that could befall anyone. 

View the Wild Butterfly trailer, find out how to host your own Wild Butterfly screening.


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WANADA provides information about training and workforce development through our e-newsletter FYI.


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