Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer

$31.50 - $33.09 hourly
  • Western Australia Government - Education
  • Carnamah WA 6517, Australia
  • 22 Apr, 2021

Job Description

Department of Education
Independent Public School - Mid West Education Region
Carnamah District High School
Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer
Level 3, $31.50 - $33.09 per hour (EA (Gov) GA 2021)
Advertised Vacancy Number: IPS/SS678749

This is a permanent part-time (0.4FTE) position commencing Term 3, 2021

Carnamah District High School (DHS) is seeking to appoint an Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer (AIEO) to join their friendly and supportive team.

As the AIEO, your role will be to assist teachers in delivering planned education programs and to foster a supportive and inclusive learning environment. You will be required to work with students in small groups and individually in order to improve their literacy and numeracy skills. You will also be expected to assist with the school’s social and emotional learning programs.

We are seeking a dedicated and enthusiastic AIEO who will be able to engage students in different programs and connect with families. You will act as a liaison between the community and school to develop an educational program relevant to both educational and cultural needs, and support Indigenous students, particularly those at risk, through mentoring, pastoral care and home visits to encourage attendance, participation and achievement at school. The successful applicant will ideally possess some computer skills, as well as excellent communication skills. You will ideally have a high level of cultural awareness and be a strong team player.

Carnamah DHS offers a quality educational programme to students from Kindergarten to Year 12. Carnamah is situated 300 kilometres north of Perth, and 185 kilometres south-east of Geraldton, within the Midwest Education Region. Our robust early childhood programmes create an ideal start for students and our vocational education programme offers strong incentives to complete Year 11 and 12 at Carnamah DHS. We offer well supported, small classes to ensure student needs are individually catered for.

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:

  • good written and oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively interact with students, teachers, parents, community members and professional staff on the provision and development of educational programs.
  • good interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact on a range of levels in a variety of settings and with different audiences, including community members, teaching and other professionals.
  • ability to contribute to a school-level team and to provide multi-cultural direction in the development of the educational program, development of language resources, and evaluation of education and behaviour management programs.
  • ability to effectively assist teachers in implementing educational and behaviour management programs.
  • good organisational skills that will assist in the delivery of effective education programs to students.
  • ability to assist with the general health and well-being of students.

Applications will be assessed against these work related requirements 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 Carnamah District High School can be found by visiting www.carnamahdhs.wa.edu.au or Schools Online.

Additional information about Independent Public Schools is also available here.

For further job related information:
You are encouraged to contact Dee Poultney, Manger Corporate Services, for further information about this employment opportunity, including information about living and working in Carnamah, by telephoning (08) 9951 1266 or emailing Deirdre.Poultney@education.wa.edu.au.

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 up to two (2) pages, addressing the Work Related Requirements, in context of the role and business needs of the school.
  • A CV of up to three (3) pages 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.


  • Pursuant of Section 50(d) of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984, the occupant of this position must be of Aboriginal descent.

An applicant may provide a confirmation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent through the completion of a Verification of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Heritage form, attached. (Applicants currently employed as AIEOs are excluded.)

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.

Education Assistants working with Kindergarten students may be required to have, or be actively working towards, a Certificate lll in Education Support (or approved equivalent) in order to meet the educator-to-student ratio outlined in the National Quality Standard for Early Childhood Education and Care.

Approved equivalent qualifications are published by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority.

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 Accountability 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 Friday, 21 May 2021




  • aieo handbook august 2015.pdf
  • applicant resource - how to write a cv and covering letter nov18.pdf
  • applicant resource - information for applicants mar2020.pdf
  • published jdf - generic - aboriginal and islander education officer - schools - l3 - sep 2017.pdf
  • verification of aboriginal and or torres strait islander heritage form.pdf

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WORK TYPE: Permanent - Part Time
FTE: 0.4
LOCATION: Carnamah
CLOSING DATE: 2021-05-21 4:30 PM