Support Officer Speech and Language

$89,047 - $97,994 yearly
  • Western Australia Government - Education
  • Perth WA, Australia
  • 03 Sep, 2021

Job Description

Independent Public School - North Metropolitan Education Region
West Coast Language Development Centre
Support Officer Speech and Language
Pool Ref IPS/SS703085
Level 5, $89,047 - $97,994 per annum (PSCA 2019)
Advertised Vacancy Number IPS/SS703085
Appointment Pool

The West Coast Language Development Centre (LDC) is seeking to establish a pool of Support Officers Speech and Language for appointments to permanent and fixed term, full-time and part-time vacancies which may arise during the 2021 school year and up to the end of Term 4, 2022.

Appointments can be made from the pool at any time for commencements within the 2021 school year, up to the end of Term 4, 2022

The Support Officer – Speech & Language works as a part of a collaborative team in the Outreach Service.

The successful applicant will be responsible for providing consultancy and professional learning in the area of speech, language and early literacy development, supporting policy and procedures for the identification, referral and educational planning for students with speech and language needs.

Suitable applicants need to demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team as well as have highly developed independent skills.

The role is about capacity building and this involves mentoring and modelling at the individual through to group level.

Applicants need to have highly developed oral and written communication skills, including the ability to present professional learning to groups.

Applicants also need to be analytical and demonstrate the ability to interpret data that is then linked to suggested intervention.

In this position you will be expected to provide services within the North Metropolitan and Midwest Educational regions, which may involve a significant amount of travel.

The West Coast LDC is a specialist facility that caters for students with identified a Developmental Language Disorder (DLD). The centre has an intensive, early intervention student program for children from K to Year 1.

The service also has an outreach program that works across mainstream schools. The centre is highly innovative and utilises and drives research into what works best for students.

Staff are highly collaborative with many involved in the development of innovative programs.

The West Coast LDC is a centre of excellence that provides specialist early direct intervention (for students), outreach (for schools and networks) and research and development services in the area of speech, language and associated literacy.

The synergism and cohesion among service delivery, teaching and research leads to changes in classroom practice as knowledge increases, 'best practices' are identified, and service needs are recognised within the centre and across mainstream schools.

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

  • Knowledge and understanding of issues relating to speech and/or language and learning outcomes.
  • Ability to develop, implement, monitor and review the delivery of professional support in language and literacy development.
  • Negotiation, consultation and interpersonal skills with proven ability in working collaboratively and maintaining effective working relationships with a range of people across settings.
  • Highly developed written and oral communication skills, including effective facilitation skills and the ability to prepare professional tools.
  • Well-developed research, conceptual and analytical skills, including the ability to identify issues, devise plans and apply strategies to address them.

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 West Coast Language Development Centre 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 Deborah Silverlock, Deputy Principal on (08) 94629580 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 to six (5 to 6) page statement 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 three (3) 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:

  • Hold a recognised qualification in teaching and/or professional qualifications in a relevant area (e.g. Speech Pathology);
  • Obtain a current Department of Education Criminal Record Clearance prior to commencement of employment; and
  • Obtain or hold a current Working with Children Check.
  • Provide evidence of eligibility to work in Australia for the term of the vacancy


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 Friday, 24 September 2021




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WORK TYPE: Permanent - Part Time, Permanent - Full Time, Fixed Term - Full Time, Fixed Term - Part Time
FTE: 1.0
CLOSING DATE: 2021-09-24 4:30 PM