Lived Experience Peer Cadet Program

Are you enrolled or wanting to study the Certificate IV Mental Health Peer Work?
Are you self-reflective, curious, and willing to learn?

Keen to use your lived experience in mental health to help others? Applications are open for the Peer Cadet Program at ermha365.
What is the Lived Experience Peer Cadet Program?

The Lived Experience Peer Cadet Program is an employment opportunity for people with lived/living experience undertaking the Cert IV in Mental Health Peer Work, to enter paid employment across participating Victorian non-government community mental health services.

What does the program involve?

Peer Cadets will develop knowledge, skills, and confidence in a structured and supported environment. Throughout their employment cadets will receive supervision and training that is discipline specific. Opportunities for learning include (but are not limited to): shadowing telehealth, outreach, one-to-one support, attending group programs, team meetings, internal core training, reflective practice (peer and non-peer), Community of Practice, and supervision.

2024 – 2025 Peer Cadet Program update

We are offering three cadetships, to be employed three days per week (one day is a paid study day), paid part-time over a 10 month program. Potential teams for placement include Barwon PARC, Carer Support, and Commonwealth Psychosocial Support (CPS).

Who can apply?

To be eligible, applicants must be already undertaking the Cert IV in Mental Health Peer Work, or be enrolled to begin at the commencement of the Cadetship period. Applicants currently studying other courses (eg. Cert IV Mental Health) are not eligible.

The selection criteria for Peer Cadet roles at ermha365 will be available shortly in the Peer Cadet position description (link available soon).


Positions are available based in Geelong and Dandenong South.

How to apply

Please click below to apply though the Department of Health portal (link available soon):

The terms and conditions of the role will be listed in the position description (coming soon). If you have any further questions not addressed here or on the Department of Health webpage, or for further expression of interest, please contact:

Emma Noske, Project Lead – Peer Cadet Program
Phone: 1300 376 421

The Lived Experience Peer Cadet Program is funded by the Victorian Government.