Australia’s Alcohol and Other Drug Workforce: National Survey Results 2019-2020
Aug 14, 2020
The National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) has published “Australia’s Alcohol and Other Drug Workforce: National Survey Results 2019-20.” This report provides the outcomes of a survey of just over 1500 AOD workers from across Australia, including 274 workers from Queensland. The report highlighted a number of key findings, including that the majority of the AOD workforce (65%) reported a lived experience of AOD issues (68% reporting a family member with an AOD issue, and 50% reporting personal experience). Despite the high prevalence of people with lived experience working in the AOD sector, 37% of respondents reported not disclosing this in their workplace with 61% saying that there was no need to, while 33% cited concerns with privacy and 28% reporting concerns regarding stigma. Overall, job satisfaction in the AOD sector was high with 81% of workers reporting they were satisfied in their job, and 74% reporting that they were satisfied working in the AOD sector.