Education Assistant, Special Needs

$28.59 - $33.09 hourly
  • Western Australia Government - Education
  • Gosnells WA 6110, Australia
  • 20 Jul, 2021

Job Description

Independent Public School - South Metropolitan Education Region
Gosnells Primary School
Education Assistant - Special Needs
Level 2/3, $28.59 - $33.09 per hour (EA (Gov) GA 2021)
Advertised Vacancy Number: IPS/SS692233

This is a permanent full-time position commencing Term 4, 2021

Gosnells Primary School (PS) is seeking an organised and dedicated Education Assistant - Special Needs to join their friendly team.

As an Education Assistant – Special Needs, you will use your excellent interpersonal and communication skills to collaborate with teachers and other colleagues to create an inclusive education program that accommodates the needs of students. The successful applicant will use initiative to support the delivery of planned education programs, using their understanding of differentiation and intervention strategies to assist students in accessing the curriculum.

This position is in the Specialist Learning Program for Students with ASD. The successful applicant will ideally have knowledge and experience working with children with ASD and the complex supports required to assist them to engage productively in a mainstream learning environment. Applicants who are able to work as part of a close knit team to identify, monitor, and improve student outcomes will be viewed favourably.

We are an Independent Public School catering for students from Kindergarten to Year 6. We have an ethos of working together, caring for others, developing positive community involvement, taking pride in our achievements and maximising the educational opportunities for all children.

Our students are provided with opportunities across all learning areas, including specialist instruction in the areas of Physical Education, Science, Performing Arts, Indonesian, and Digital Technologies. Talented students have additional opportunities to participate in the Primary Extension and Challenge and School of Instrumental Music programs in Years 5 & 6.

We foster a school culture based on the understanding that positive behaviours need to be taught and supported. Our clear behaviour expectations 'Be Safe', 'Be Responsible', 'Be Respectful' and 'Be Better' provide a positive learning environment that assists students to achieve improved academic and behaviour outcomes as a result of increased engagement with learning.

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 (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 (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 Gosnells Primary School can be found by visiting Schools Online .

Additional information about Independent Public Schools is also available here

For further job related information

Please contact Alison Wade, Program Coordinator, by telephoning (08) 9234 6350 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 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 three (3) 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.


Employees will be required to:

  • Obtain a current Department of Education Criminal Record Clearance prior to commencement of employment
  • Obtain or hold a current Working with Children Check
  • Provide evidence of eligibility to work in Australia for the term of the vacancy

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 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 Wednesday, 28 July 2021




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WORK TYPE: Permanent - Full Time
FTE: 1.0
LOCATION: Gosnells
CLOSING DATE: 2021-07-28 4:30 PM