Expression of Interest

NSW Peer Workforce Network Committee

Are you a peer worker working in the mental health sector (including public, CMO, private sectors) and interested in being part of an innovative working network group to develop practices and process to support and enhance the NSW Peer Workforce?

Being is looking to bring together a core group of peer workers (up to 10) currently employed in either public, CMO or private sector in mental health, to advise us in developing practices and processes to support and develop a peer workforce network in NSW in 2018 and 2019. Some of the key areas identified to work towards include:

  • Developing a trainee and mentoring program for new and emerging peer workers;
  • Assisting in creating pathways for people who want to get into peer work;
  • Developing peer supervision practices for all peer workers across NSW;
  • Addressing the ongoing training needs of peer workers, which complement the Cert IV Mental Health Peer Work qualification;
  • Developing opportunities to create a NSW Peer Workforce Forum/Conference to include all peer workers across NSW;
  • Developing a Peer Worker Network across NSW;
  • Other areas identified by the committee.

If you are interested, please read the following information which outlines the selection criteria for the position, as well the values of Being. To apply to be a committee member, please answer the questions below the APPLICATION subheading, and email your responses to Emma at

Applications close on 29th January. Unfortunately applications received after this date will not be accepted.


Please ensure you meet the selection criteria below:

  • Lived/living experience of mental and emotional distress;
  • Currently working as a peer worker in mental health, in paid peer work either in the public, CMO or private sector
  • Previous experience of committee work In your role as a peer worker, and the ability to demonstrate this through the attached questionnaire;
  • Personal values which align with the principles and values of peer work and Being
  • Willingness to commit to a two year membership throughout 2018-19
  • The ability to attend bi-monthly at the Collective Purpose offices in Woolloomooloo, Sydney
  • The ability to undertake some out-of-session work as required
  • Approval from your organisation/line manager to commit to attending meetings and the term of membership.

Please note: whilst we welcome people from rural and remote areas, we are unable to cover the cost of attendance at all meetings. Teleconference facilities will be made available for those in rural and remote areas.




Our Vision

BEING’s vision is for all people with a lived experience of mental and emotional distress to participate as valued citizens in the communities they choose.

Our Purpose

BEING’s purpose is to ensure that mental health consumer views are heard by policy makers, service providers and the community, through promoting consumer participation in relevant policy making and service development decisions.

Our Values

The lived/living  experience of people with mental and emotional distress is fundamental to all that BEING does and our work is underpinned by a commitment to upholding international human rights.

BEING holds the following values:

  • Respect and dignity for all to enable inclusion
  • Social justice and equity to ensure participation
  • Belief in recovery to make it possible for every individual to recover
  • Integrity to ensure transparency and accountability
  • Fidelity to ensure the legitimate representation of the views of consumers

Our Guiding Principles

  • Principles of recovery underpin all our work
  • Recognition of the importance of a holistic approach
  • Collaboration and team work
  • Flexibility, responsiveness and innovation
  • Consultative and participatory processes that have consumers at the centre
  • Promoting equity and positive images to address discrimination and prejudice
  • Accessible and approachable for all
  • Promoting professionalism and quality practice




Do you fulfil the selection criteria above?

☐ Yes        ☐ No


Your Details


Position held:


Workplace address:

Work email:

Contact phone number:

Do you have approval from your organisation to attend and committee to these committee’s?

☐ Yes        ☐ No



Your Skills & Experience

Please keep your responses to each question under 200 words.

  • Tell us why you would like part of developing the NSW Peer Workforce Committee, and how you believe you can contribute to shaping the future of the NSW Peer Workforce Network?
  • Please outline current committees you are involved with in your role as a peer worker
  • Provide an example of a time you brought an idea to a previous committee as part of your role as a peer worker – what was the idea, and why did you choose to present it to the committee?
  • How have you advocated for your ideas to be heard and your voice shared at previous committees?
  • What ideas would you like to advocate for on this committee, and why do you think they’re important the development of this committee and the NSW Peer Workforce Network in 2018 and 2019?