School Psychologist

$77,052 - $126,689 yearly
  • Western Australia Government - Education
  • Leederville WA 6007, Australia
  • 22 Jul, 2021

Job Description

North Metropolitan Education Region
School Of Isolated and Distance Education
School Psychologist
Level 1 - SPS Y2, $77,052 - $126,689 per annum (SEA GA 2019)
Advertised Vacancy Number: DOE695962

This is a permanent full-time position commencing Term 3, 2021

Are you an exemplary fully registered Psychologist, looking to make a difference in outcomes for students in regional and remote Western Australia?

Are you excited to be part of the evolution of distance education in Western Australia?

The School of Isolated and Distance Education (SIDE) is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, innovative and fully registered Psychologist to join their team. There is one full-time permanent position available for commencement during Term 3.

SIDE’s Referral Program provides for students who have special circumstances that impact on school attendance/engagement. The Program is coordinated by SIDE’s school psychologists. SIDE’s school psychologists gather information from a number of sources to assess eligibility (the family, the student’s current school, and clinician/specialist) and are then responsible for coordinating an educational program that meets the individual needs of each student.

Our Psychologists work mainly with students who have mental health issues and work one on one with these students and their families. Our vibrant team liaise closely with our partner schools to enable a smooth transition back to school once they are able. They often work closely with students in rural and remote areas to support them in their educational program and assist with their mental/emotional welfare.

The successful applicant needs to be able to work well individually and in a tight team environment. They will possess well developed written and interpersonal communication skills and engage with interagency and cross sectoral partners to achieve desired outcomes. The complex role features case formulation and working with an interesting and diverse multicultural clientele.

SIDE is a recognised leader in distance education in Australia and models best practice in the use of both synchronous (Webex) and asynchronous (Moodle) platforms of instruction. Our practice is both contemporary and constantly evolving, making SIDE an exciting and dynamic place to work.

SIDE has a critical role within the Western Australian education system, supporting system needs and priorities. As a Psychologist with SIDE, you will have the opportunity to reach out and make a difference to students throughout Western Australia.

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):

  • 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.
  • Highly developed 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, Department personnel and inter-agency 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 School of Isolated and Distance Education can be found by visiting or Schools Online

Additional information about Independent Public Schools is also available here

For further job related information:

Please contact Shane Yardley, Deputy Principal, by telephoning (08) 9311 1402 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 five (5) 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.


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
  • obtain or hold a current Working with Children Check
  • 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
  • hold a Graduate Diploma in School Psychology (or equivalent); 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)
  • complete the Department’s induction program within three months of commencement
  • complete any training specific to this role required by Departmental policy
  • complete the Department’s training in Accountable and Ethical Decision-Making within six months of appointment.
  • 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.

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

Applications must be submitted before 4.30pm (WST) on Wednesday, 4 August 2021




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WORK TYPE: Permanent - Full Time
FTE: 1.0
LOCATION: Leederville
CLOSING DATE: 2021-08-04 4:30 PM