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Collaboration • Knowledge • Leadership

Lived Experience Peer Cadet Program


Thank you for your interest in the Peer Cadet Program.

Expressions of Interest for the 2024 intake have closed.

For further enquiries or interest in the program, please contact the Department of Health at



What is the Peer Cadet Program?

The Lived Experience Peer Cadet Program was created in response to the Royal Commission's recommendation to increase the number of entry points into the lived/living experience workforce (LLEW) and provide a supportive and structured environment for learning. The program offers an opportunity for people with lived/living experience to enter paid employment while undertaking Certificate IV Mental Health Peer Work within a participating community mental health organisation.

What does the Peer Cadet Program entail?

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

The program offers a paid part time cadetship over 8 -12 months (Dependant on organisation)

Peer Cadets will develop knowledge, skills, and confidence in a structured and supported environment. Throughout their employment cadets will receive supervision, training, and reflective practice opportunities that are discipline specific.
To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled to begin within the Cadetship Period or already undertaking the Cert IV in Mental Health Peer Work and meet the selection criteria defined by participating organisations. Other qualifications and/or recognised prior learning are not eligible for this program.
Eating Disorders Victoria Only: Individual Selection Criteria
For consumers: This position requires consumers to be recovered. 
For carers: This position requires that carers must have supported someone who has recovered.
As per Eating Disorders Victoria Lived Experience Framework:  A recovered person is someone who has been free of physical, psychological and behavioural symptoms of their eating disorder for a minimum of two years.
There are multiple sites from participating organisations across metro and regional Victoria.

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


Click here to register for updates on 2024 Peer Cadet Program 

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