Education Assistant – Special Needs

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Department of Education
Norseman, Australia

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Education Assistant - Special Needs

Job ID: 10075
Job Views: 18
Location: Bunbury
Post Code: 6230
Category: Education & Training
Employment Type: Part-time, Casual
Posted: 04/04/2024


Cooinda Primary School is seeking to establish a pool of Education Assistant - Special Needs for appointments to permanent and fixed term, full-time and part-time vacancies which may arise during the 2024 school year and up to the end of Term 1, 2025 Appointments can be made from the pool at any time for commencements within the 2024 school year, up to the end of Term 1, 2025.

Suitable applicants with excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to collaborate as part of a team to create and maintain a supportive and inclusive educational program are highly regarded. The Education Assistant - Special Needs will assist the classroom teacher in the delivery of planned education programs. They will, when required, provide feedback on education and therapy programs, assist with formulation of educational plans and participate in the evaluation process relating to the achievement of goals.

Cooinda PS values and celebrates diversity. As the first school in WA to have a name other than the relevant suburb or street name, the name 'Cooinda' was chosen. It is the Noongar word that tells of a 'happy meeting place' and our school continues to build its philosophy around enabling all students to find successful pathways to ongoing learning. Our school proudly continues to acknowledge and welcome the contributions of the local Aboriginal people and the broader multicultural contributions of all families.

The cultural diversity of our school continues to be a distinctive attribute in our community, enhancing the development of our staff and students as whole and contributing to Australia's multi-cultural community. We have over 30 languages or dialects other than English represented in our school families.

Job Requirements:

To be suitable for this role, you will need to demonstrate the following work related requirements (selection criteria):

  • good written and oral communication skills, including the ability to interact with students with special needs, parents and teaching professionals on the provision of educational programs, and to assist teachers in understanding students where necessary.
  • good interpersonal skills, including the ability to work as part of a team in the evaluation of educational programs, including special education and therapy programs where these have been implemented.
  • good organisational skills that will assist in the delivery and development of effective education programs to students and subsequent feedback to teaching professionals or psychologists.
  • ability to assist teachers or therapists in implementing educational programs, including special education and, should this be a requirement of the position, occupational and/or physiotherapy programs.
  • knowledge of health and physical disabilities in students and adolescents.
  • ability to assist with general health and well-being of students

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 Cooinda Primary School can be found by visiting Home - Cooinda Primary School or Schools Online

Additional information about Independent Public Schools is also available here.

For further job related information

You are encouraged to contact Shirley Fletcher, Principal for further information about this employment opportunity, including information about living and working in East Bunbury by telephoning (08) 9724 3000 or emailing

During the school holiday period, please contact Anne Fletcher on 0408 954 792

How to Apply:

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 four (4) page statement addressing the Work Related Requirements (selection criteria), in context of the role and business needs of the school
  • A CV of up to two (2) pages outlining your employment history and professional learning summary relevant to this position
  • The contact details for two (2) work related referees who can attest to the claims made in your written application, preferably 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.

Eligibility and training requirements

Employees will be required to:

  • provide evidence of eligibility to work in Australia for the term of the vacancy;
  • consent to a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check and obtain a current Screening Clearance Number issued by the Department of Education’s Screening Unit prior to commencement of employment;
  • obtain or hold a current Working with Children Check;
  • complete the Department’s induction program within three months of commencement;
  • complete the Department’s training in Accountable and Ethical Decision-Making within six months of appointment and every three years thereafter;
  • complete the Department’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural awareness online course within 3 months of commencement;
  • complete any training specific to this role required by Departmental policy.

The Department applies a four (4) day breach period to this selection process.

Applications must be submitted before 4.30pm (WST) on Friday, 3 May 2024



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