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Volunteer advocate, campaigner – Addiction Recovery nonprofit

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Organisation : SMART Recovery Australia

Location : Sydney

Time required : To be negotiated

Duration of project : Ongoing

Sector : Drug, Alcohol & Addiction

Posted on : 8 Aug, 2019

About the role

The mission 

SMART Recovery Australia requires a volunteer campaigner or political advocate to assist us develop a crucial campaign aimed at government. This will focus on the following critical issues:

  • The importance of investment in mutual aid in the service systems for people with addictive problematic behaviours 
  • Addiction being seen as a health issue, not a legal or criminal problem 
  • The role of government in the de-stigmatisation of addiction 
  • Drug law reform. 


The organisation

SMART Recovery Australia coordinates nearly 350 weekly meetings where over 2,000 Australians with any form of addictive behaviour seek help to recover. Meetings are free and accessible – they are held in-person or online. They are run in the community as well as residential facilities, therapeutic communities and/or prisons as an important component of the spectrum of care. 


SMART Recovery started in the USA in 1994 after people sought an alternative to the 12 Step Model. There are now around 3,000 meetings across 23 different countries.


The program 


For people suffering from  addictive behaviours


SMART Recovery is a mutual-aid and strengths-based program where trained facilitators, often peers, lead group discussions that assist people struggling with addictive behaviours. It is practical and solution focused, using evidence based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Motivational Interviewing tools and techniques to help people achieve their recovery goals. Group participants help themselves and each other. The SMART Recovery approach incorporates a Four-Point Program that focuses on harm minimisation, empowerment of individuals, and the development of practical skills to improve individuals’ abilities to manage cravings and promote a balanced lifestyle. 


For family and friends


SMART Recovery Australia also provides education and support for families and friends of people with addictive behaviours through its new program Be SMART. This program helps families and friends develop more effective coping strategies and find a greater sense of fulfilment in their own lives by shifting the focus away from the person with the problem behaviour and back to the person who provides the support 


The type of person that is wanted:



  • Effective communications and negotiation skills
  • Political science or other relevant degree 
  • Skills or experience lobbying government for social change 
  • Project management skills 
  • Commitment to harm reduction principles, social justice and human rights.



  • Knowledge of the health, mental health and alcohol and other drugs fields
  • Experience in the non-profit sector 
  • Work with or for members of parliament



Woolloomooloo, Sydney. Near public transport in an attractive share office location.


Required commitment to be negotiated.


Immediate start. 


About the organisation

Organisation name : SMART Recovery Australia
Not for Profit : Yes

How to apply for this role

Position Description : Volunteer Advocate PD - July 19 v2

For details concerning this role , please contact

Ryan McGlaughlin

Phone : 02 9373 5100

Email :

Please quote in application: Volunteer advocate, campaigner - Addiction Recovery nonprofit via Pro Bono Australia.


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