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School Psychologist

Government of Western Australia - Northam, WA

Education, Childcare & Training
Source: uWorkin


Department of Education

Student Support Services - Statewide Services

School Of Special Education Needs: Behaviour and Engagement (Wheatbelt Engagement Centre - Northam)

School Psychologist


Level 1 - SPS Y2, $77,052 - $126,689 per annum (SEA GA 2019)

Advertised Vacancy Number: DOE666933

This is a nine (9) month fixed term, full-time position commencing Term 2 2021, with possible extension and/or permanency

The School of Special Educational Needs: Behaviour and Engagement (SSEN: Behaviour and Engagement) is seeking to appoint a school psychologist to join a dynamic and motivated team at the Wheatbelt Engagement Centre, located in Northam and servicing the Wheatbelt Education Region, commencing as soon as possible.

The Wheatbelt Education Region of Western Australia covers an area larger than the size of Tasmania and contains the major centres of Northam, Narrogin, Merredin, Katanning and Moora. It extends from Wundowie and Boddington in the west to Southern Cross and Newdegate in the east, Dalwallinu in the north and Broomehill in the south. The economy is largely based on agriculture. The 70 public schools in the region enrol approximately 10,000 students and include 42 Primary Schools, 20 District High Schools, four Senior High Schools, one K-12 College, two campuses of the WA College of Agriculture and one Education Support Centre. The 70 schools are incorporated into six networks of schools.

Part of Statewide Support Services, the SSEN: Behaviour and Engagement provides support for students with extreme, complex and challenging behaviours and consists of 13 engagement centres across the state and a small, specialised learning academy in Midland. Administration of the school is based at the Statewide Services Centre, Padbury. It is a multi-tiered service and includes a focus on professional learning for teachers to develop skills and knowledge in effective instructional practice and behaviour management.

The SSEN: Behaviour and Engagement School Psychologist will develop, implement and report on individual interventions for Kindergarten to Year 12 students and support schools to maintain safe and supportive learning environments. You will confidently provide psychological assessment and consultancy services to school and engagement centre staff and establish and maintain effective working relationships to improve student behaviour and engagement. Collaboration with other school psychologists, lead school psychologists and other specialist teams within and external to the Department will be a key feature of the role, in order to assist with the integration and coordination of relevant student support services.

As the successful applicant, you will have well developed interpersonal and communication skills and experience in the area of student behaviour and engagement. As this position requires the ability to work independently as a psychologist you will ideally possess general registration with the Psychology Board of Australia. The successful applicant will need to be prepared to travel within the region, including overnight stays. It is also desirable for the successful applicant to obtain/hold and maintain a current Western Australian drivers licence.

This selection process will initially be used to fill the above vacancy. Applicants assessed as suitable during this selection process may be considered for other similar vacancies that occur throughout our school for up to 12 months following this initial appointment. This includes circumstances where this position becomes subsequently vacant should the successful applicant decline or vacate the advertised position.

To be suitable for this role, you will need to demonstrate the following work related requirements: * Ability to implement school psychology services and programs in an educational environment to maximise student learning outcomes;

  • Knowledge of the implementation and evaluation of a variety of psychological approaches appropriate for individual, group and system-level intervention;
  • High level written and oral communication skills, demonstrating the capacity to produce correspondence, reports and case notes, and interview and training (facilitation) skills;
  • Interpersonal skills, which demonstrate an ability to function in a self-directed way, and as a member of an interdisciplinary team, working with a range of clients across the lifespan, Departmental personnel and interagency partners across a variety of contexts;
  • Ability to apply analytical and conceptual skills to issues identification, risk assessment and analysis, intervention and evaluation.
Applications will be assessed against these work related requirements (selection criteria) of the position. The business needs of the school may also be considered. It is therefore recommended that you consider all information contained in the advertisement and any other related information before applying for the vacancy.

The Department is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and persons from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply.

Further information about SSEN: Behaviour and Engagement can be found by visiting or

Additional information about Independent Public Schools is also available

For further job related information:

Please contact Linda Keeling, Lead School Psychologist, by telephoning 0409 116 785 or emailing

Application Instructions

All applications are submitted online. Select “Apply for Job”, at either the top or bottom of this screen and follow the instructions on your screen.

Your application should include:
  • A statement of up to five (5) pages addressing the Work Related Requirements (selection criteria), in context of the role and business needs of the school
  • A CV outlining your employment history and professional learning summary relevant to this position
  • The contact details for two (2) work related referees (one being your current line manager)
It is recommended you have these documents completed and ready to attach before selecting “Apply for Job”.

You are asked to complete an online application form and attach your documentation, please allow enough time to complete this process as applications cannot be accepted after the closing date and time.

After you have submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming lodgement. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please telephone (08) 9264 4127

If you are having difficulty submitting your online application, please telephone (08) 9264 8666 for assistance.


Employees will be required to:
  • provide evidence of eligibility to work in Australia for the term of the vacancy;
  • obtain a current Department of Education Criminal Record Clearance prior to commencement of employment; and
  • obtain or hold a current Working with Children Check; and
  • hold an appropriate degree or equivalent qualification which entitles provisional or general registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA); and
  • hold a recognised qualification in teaching (minimum one year); or
  • have undertaken a minimum placement of 40 days in the school education sector as part of higher degree studies in psychology;
  • hold an appropriate degree or equivalent qualification which entitles general registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) and have worked a minimum of three years full-time (or equivalent part-time) as a school psychologist (or equivalent position).
Information about registration with the Psychology Board of Australia can be obtained by calling 1300 419 495 or by visiting . Please see the Department’s Careers website for the support provided to graduate school psychologists undertaking provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.


Employees will be required to:
  • complete the Department’s induction program within three months of commencement;
  • complete any training specific to this role required by Departmental policy; and
  • complete the Department’s training in Accountable and Ethical Decision-Making within six months of appointment.
The Department applies a four (4) day breach period to this selection process.

Applications must be submitted before 4.30pm (WST) on Monday, 3 May 2021



Government of Western Australia