Are you currently studying social work, psychology, alcohol and other drugs (AOD), counselling, youth work or another relevant qualification? Do you have an interest in working in the AOD sector and a passion for working with people affected by alcohol and drug issues to achieve their goals?

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We are currently working on the application process and hope to be ready to take applications early May 2023. Please check back periodically or sign up to the mail list below to be notified of when applications are open.

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About student placement

Odyssey House Victoria (OHV) offers a variety of student placements that are challenging and rewarding. A placement with OHV can offer you a valuable introduction to work in the AOD sector through a structured and meaningful experience. Depending on your qualification and your goals, you may work with groups including children and families, young people or people with complex histories of long-term alcohol and drug use.

At OHV, we are committed to providing student placements that benefit students, our organisation and most importantly, the people we work with. You will be on the ground doing varied work that directly impacts people with alcohol and drug issues.

We have a strong culture with staff, students and volunteers committed to our core values of love, trust, respect, honesty and concern. We are always looking for dedicated, team-minded and empathetic people who are open to learning new skills and ways of working.


  • Placements are all clinically focused, and high school work experience students are not eligible.
  • Eligible qualifications vary by program and site. For more information on relevant qualifications see individual tabs below.
  • OHV accepts placement students from business and administration disciplines on an ad hoc basis. If you are a business or admin student looking to complete a placement or a professional project, please email to find out more.
  • Generally, preference will be given to students who are required to complete a placement as part of their qualification.
  • Students will need to complete a Police Check and a Working with Children Check before commencing their placement. Any student placement offer is conditional until proof of these checks is provided.
  • Applications that do not follow the correct process will not be considered, so please read the below section carefully.