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Work and development order

Request a work and development order

Work and development orders (WDO) are made by us to allow eligible clients reduce their fines through unpaid work with an approved organisation and through certain courses or treatment. You are an eligible client if you:

  • have a mental illness, intellectual disability or cognitive impairment
  • are homeless
  • have a serious addiction to drugs, alcohol or volatile substances
  • are experiencing financial hardship to satisfy their fines through unpaid work with an approved organisation or through certain courses or treatment.

For information about WDOs and the activities you can do, download the Work and development order factsheet (PDF)

To apply for a WDO you need to find an approved sponsor organisation or health practitioner to support your WDO activity. Your sponsor can lodge your application online.

If you do not meet the eligibility criteria and are applying under exceptional circumstances, you need to fill out a written Work and development order - exceptional circumstances application (PDF). Your sponsor will help you through the application process.

For all enquiries related to WDO client applications and related reporting please contact SDRO on 1300 478 879 (Monday to Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm) or email wdosdro@osr.nsw.gov.au.

Approved WDO organisations

The WDO sponsors below are only able to support the approved activities listed for them in this table.

The sponsor organisations listed have agreed to have their details published. There are other WDO sponsors who are enrolled in the WDO scheme. You may need to call or visit organisations or health practitioners in your local area to see if they are a WDO sponsor or are willing to become one.

If you are unable to locate a suitable supporting organisation, contact our WDO hotline on 1300 478 879.

 

Hunter

Location

Organisation name

Contact person

Phone number

Approved activities

Special requirements

Abermain

The Vines Community Church

WDO Contact

04 1002 8329

  • Voluntary unpaid work

 

Cessnock

Joblink Plus Ltd

WDO Contact

02 4993 6100

  • Drug or alcohol treatment
  • Educational/vocational or life skills course
  • Financial or other counselling
  • Medical or mental health treatment
  • Mentoring program (persons under 25 years)
  • Voluntary unpaid work
  • Must be a Joblink Plus client

Charlestown

Hunter New England Local Health District - Lake Macquarie Community Mental Health Service

WDO Contact

02 4904 9050

  • Medical or mental health treatment

 

Charlestown

Joblink Plus Ltd

WDO Contact

02 4918 4000

  • Drug or alcohol treatment
  • Educational/vocational or life skills course
  • Financial or other counselling
  • Medical or mental health treatment
  • Mentoring program (persons under 25 years)
  • Voluntary unpaid work
  • Must be a Joblink Plus client

Gateshead West

Eastlakes Family Support Service

Coordinator

02 4943 9255

  • Drug or alcohol treatment
  • Educational/vocational or life skills course
  • Financial or other counselling
  • Medical or mental health treatment
  • Mentoring program (persons under 25 years)
  • Voluntary unpaid work
  • Must be client of this service

Gloucester

Bucketts Way Neighbourhood Group

WDO Contact

02 6558 2063

  • Drug or alcohol treatment
  • Educational/vocational or life skills course
  • Financial or other counselling
  • Medical or mental health treatment
  • Voluntary unpaid work

 

Gloucester

CatholicCare

WDO Contact

02 6539 5900

  • Educational/vocational or life skills course
  • Financial or other counselling
  • Medical or mental health treatment
  • Voluntary unpaid work

 

Hamilton

Beyond Now Psychology

Emma Flynn

04 5048 4434

  • Medical or mental health treatment

 

Hamilton

Newcastle & Hunter Counselling & Psychological Services (NHCPS)

HP - Taryn Stubbs
Bookings can be made via Trudy, Tasma or Carol

02 4962 1996

  • Financial or other counselling
  • Mental health

Hunter

Drug and Alcohol Clinical Services - Hunter New England Area Health Services

Intake worker

02 4923 2060

  • Drug or alcohol treatment
  • Medical or mental health treatment
  • Clients must have drug and alcohol problem

Hunter

New Horizons Enterprises Limited

Coordinator

07 5506 4300

  • Educational/vocational or life skills course
  • Financial or other counselling
  • Medical or mental health treatment
  • Mentoring program (persons under 25 years)
  • Voluntary unpaid work

 

Hunter

Oasis Hunter Salvation Army Property Trust

Elise Briggs

02 4969 8066

  • Educational/vocational or life skills course
  • Financial or other counselling
  • Medical or mental health treatment
  • Voluntary unpaid work
  • Clients under 25 years of age
  • There may be a waiting list

Hunter

Wandiyali ATSI Inc

General Manager

02 4957 5900

  • Drug or alcohol treatment
  • Educational/vocational or life skills course
  • Financial or other counselling
  • Medical or mental health treatment
  • Mentoring program (persons under 25 years)
  • Voluntary unpaid work
  • Indigenous participation encouraged

Kurri Kurri

Joblink Plus Ltd

WDO Contact

02 4015 6000

  • Drug or alcohol treatment
  • Educational/vocational or life skills course
  • Financial or other counselling
  • Medical or mental health treatment
  • Mentoring program (persons under 25 years)
  • Voluntary unpaid work
  • Must be a Joblink Plus client

Lake Macquarie

Anglican Diocese of Newcastle

WDO Contact

02 4973 1204

  • Voluntary unpaid work

 

Lake Macquarie

The Salvation Army - Lake Macquarie Recovery Services Centre

WDO Contact

02 4355 8000

  • Drug or alcohol treatment
  • Educational/vocational or life skills course
  • Financial or other counselling
  • Medical or mental health treatment
  • Mentoring program (persons under 25 years)
  • Voluntary unpaid work

 

Lake Macquarie

Samaritan Foundation

Reception

02 4922 1506

  • Drug or alcohol treatment
  • Educational/vocational or life skills course
  • Financial or other counselling
  • Medical or mental health treatment
  • Mentoring program (persons under 25 years)
  • Voluntary unpaid work

 

Maitland

Carrie's Place Women's and Children's Services

Manager

02 4934 2585

  • Drug or alcohol treatment
  • Educational/vocational or life skills course
  • Financial or other counselling
  • Medical or mental health treatment
  • Voluntary unpaid work
  • Women only service
  • Clients over 16 years and experiencing homelessness &/or domestic violence

Maitland

Joblink Plus Ltd

WDO Contact

02 4937 8000

  • Drug or alcohol treatment
  • Educational/vocational or life skills course
  • Financial or other counselling
  • Medical or mental health treatment
  • Mentoring program (persons under 25 years)
  • Voluntary unpaid work
  • Must be a Joblink Plus client

Mayfield

Joblink Plus Ltd

WDO Contact

02 4028 2100

  • Drug or alcohol treatment
  • Educational/vocational or life skills course
  • Financial or other counselling
  • Medical or mental health treatment
  • Mentoring program (persons under 25 years)
  • Voluntary unpaid work
  • Must be a Joblink Plus client

Mayfield West

CatholicCare Social Services Hunter Manning

David Wilson

02 4979 1320

  • Drug or alcohol treatment
  • Educational/vocational or life skills course
  • Financial or other counselling
  • Medical or mental health treatment
  • Mentoring program (persons under 25 years)
  • Voluntary unpaid work
  • Must be a client of the organisation

Metford

Hunter TAFE NSW - Foundation Skills & Pathways Faculty

WDO Contact

02 4930 2948

  • Educational/vocational or life skills course

 

Muswellbrook

Joblink Plus Ltd

WDO Contact

02 6541 8100

  • Drug or alcohol treatment
  • Educational/vocational or life skills course
  • Financial or other counselling
  • Medical or mental health treatment
  • Mentoring program (persons under 25 years)
  • Voluntary unpaid work
  • Must be a Joblink Plus client

Muswellbrook

Mission Australia

WDO Contact

04 0884 7687

  • Educational/vocational or life skills course
  • Financial or other counselling
  • Medical or mental health treatment
  • Mentoring program (persons under 25 years)

 

Muswellbrook

Upper Hunter Homeless Support

WDO Contact

02 6542 5051

  • Drug or alcohol treatment
  • Educational/vocational or life skills course
  • Financial or other counselling
  • Medical or mental health treatment
  • Mentoring program (persons under 25 years)
  • Voluntary unpaid work

 

Muswellbrook

Wanaruah Local Aboriginal Council

CEO

02 6543 1288

  • Drug or alcohol treatment
  • Educational/vocational or life skills course
  • Financial or other counselling
  • Medical or mental health treatment
  • Mentoring program (persons under 25 years)
  • Voluntary unpaid work

 

Nelson Bay

Nelson Bay Allied Health

Wayne Clarke

02 4981 5660

  • Medical or mental health treatment

 

Newcastle

Australian Red Cross - Hunter and Central Coast

Assistant Regional Manager, Jill Findlay

02 4941 3200 (Newcastle)

  • Voluntary unpaid work
  • ATSI and CALD participation encouraged
  • Homeless and financially disadvantaged persons encouraged

Newcastle

Carers NSW - Hunter

WDO Contact

02 9280 4744

  • Educational/vocational or life skills course
  • Financial or other counselling
  • Voluntary unpaid work

 

Newcastle

Hunter Volunteer Centre

Executive Officer

02 4929 4424

  • Voluntary unpaid work

 

Newcastle

Hunterlink Recovery Services

Program Coordinator

02 4929 6625

  • Drug or alcohol treatment
  • Financial or other counselling
  • Medical or mental health treatment
  • Voluntary unpaid work

 

Newcastle

Lifeshapers Family Services (T/as The Soul Café)

Manager

02 4926 1758

  • Voluntary unpaid work
  • Must be a client of this service
  • SMART Recovery

Newcastle

Penrith Skills for Jobs Ltd

Clarice Mathias
Business Development Co-Ordinator

02 9897 5431

  • Educational/vocational or life skills course
  • Mentoring program (persons under 25 yrs)
  • Voluntary unpaid work
  • Clients 20 years and under

Newcastle

Samaritan Foundation

Reception

02 4922 1506

  • Drug or alcohol treatment
  • Educational/vocational or life skills course
  • Financial or other counselling
  • Medical or mental health treatment
  • Mentoring program (persons under 25 years)
  • Voluntary unpaid work

 

Newcastle

The Smith Family

WDO Administrator

02 4032 4703

  • Educational/vocational or life skills course
  • Financial or other counselling

 

Newcastle West

Joblink Plus Ltd

WDO Contact

02 4033 4100

  • Drug or alcohol treatment
  • Educational/vocational or life skills course
  • Financial or other counselling
  • Medical or mental health treatment
  • Mentoring program (persons under 25 years)
  • Voluntary unpaid work
  • Must be a Joblink Plus client

Port Stephens

Port Stephens Family and Neighbourhood Services

Jo Vanderhelm

02 4987 4674

  • Educational/vocational or life skills course
  • Financial or other counselling
  • Voluntary unpaid work

 

Raymond Terrace

Joblink Plus Ltd

WDO Contact

02 4983 3000

  • Drug or alcohol treatment
  • Educational/vocational or life skills course
  • Financial or other counselling
  • Medical or mental health treatment
  • Mentoring program (persons under 25 years)
  • Voluntary unpaid work
  • Must be a Joblink Plus client

Raymond Terrace

Port Stephens Family and Neighbourhood Services

Jo Vanderhelm

02 4987 4674

  • Educational/vocational or life skills course
  • Financial or other counselling
  • Voluntary unpaid work

 

Raymond Terrace

Port Stephens Family Support Service

Sue Pollock

02 4987 4674

  • Educational/vocational or life skills course
  • Financial or other counselling
  • Voluntary unpaid work

 

San Remo

San Remo Neighborhood Centre

WDO Contact

02 4390 7888

  • Educational/vocational or life skills course
  • Financial or other counselling
  • Mentoring program (persons under 25 years)
  • Voluntary unpaid work

 

Scone

Mission Australia

WDO Contact

04 0884 7687

  • Educational/vocational or life skills course
  • Financial or other counselling
  • Medical or mental health treatment
  • Mentoring program (persons under 25 years)

 

Singleton

Mission Australia

WDO Contact

02 6571 5300

  • Educational/vocational or life skills course
  • Financial or other counselling
  • Medical or mental health treatment
  • Mentoring program (persons under 25 years)

 

Singleton

Singleton Neighbourhood Centre

Coordinator

02 6571 2499

  • Drug or alcohol treatment
  • Educational/vocational or life skills course
  • Financial or other counselling
  • Medical or mental health treatment
  • Mentoring program (persons under 25 years)
  • Voluntary unpaid work

 

Telarah

Hunter Trade College

WDO Contact

02 6962 4144

  • Educational/vocational or life skills course
  • Financial or other counselling
  • Medical or mental health treatment
  • Voluntary unpaid work

 

Tighes Hill

Mercy Services

WDO Contact

02 4961 2686

  • Drug or alcohol treatment
  • Medical or mental health treatment
  • Must be a Joblink Plus client

Toronto

Joblink Plus Ltd

WDO Contact

02 4028 7700

  • Drug or alcohol treatment
  • Educational/vocational or life skills course
  • Financial or other counselling
  • Medical or mental health treatment
  • Mentoring program (persons under 25 years)
  • Voluntary unpaid work
  • Must be a Joblink Plus client

Wallsend

Joblink Plus Ltd

WDO Contact

02 4028 4400

  • Drug or alcohol treatment
  • Educational/vocational or life skills course
  • Financial or other counselling
  • Medical or mental health treatment
  • Mentoring program (persons under 25 years)
  • Voluntary unpaid work
  • Must be a Joblink Plus client

Warners Bay

Nova for Women & Children

WDO Contact

02 4023 5620

  • Drug or alcohol treatment
  • Educational/vocational or life skills course
  • Financial or other counselling
  • Medical or mental health treatment
  • Mentoring program (persons under 25 years)
  • Voluntary unpaid work

 

Wickham

Awabakal Newcastle Aboriginal Co-operative Ltd

CEO

02 4940 8103

  • Drug or alcohol treatment

 

Wickham

St Vincent dePaul - Matthew Talbot Homeless Service

WDO Contact

02 4961 1411

  • Drug or alcohol treatment
  • Educational/vocational or life skills course
  • Financial or other counselling
  • Medical or mental health treatment
  • Mentoring program (persons under 25 years)
  • Voluntary unpaid work

 

Last updated: 25 May 2017