Teacher Aide - Special Education

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Lake Gardens VIC 3355, Australia
  • 20 Jun, 2022

Job Description

Job ID:  1283744
Location:  Ballarat Specialist School [Multiple Location Campus]
Department:  Ballarat Specialist School 
Role Type:  Teacher Aide
Subjects/Duties:  View Subject/Duties
Full/Part Time:  Part-Time
Ongoing/Fixed Term:  Fixed Term
Classification:  Ed Support Level 1-Range 1
Apply By:  30/06/2022
Other Information:  
Begin Date:  18/07/2022
End Date:  20/12/2022
Hours:  30.40
Contact Name:  Roger Bush
Phone:  (03) 5334 1302


Ballarat Specialist School caters for students aged from 3 and 18 years who have a diagnosed intellectual disability ranging from mild to profound. The school population is drawn from the city of Ballarat and within a 30km radius of the school location.

Ballarat Specialist School is a dual-campus K-12 school organised around four stages of learning - Early Learning (Ages 3-7), Junior School (Ages 8-11), Middle School (Ages 11-15) and Senior School (Ages 16-18).

Our Early Learning to Middle School students are accommodated on our main Gillies Street Campus. Our Senior School students are located at our 8.09 hectare FARM Campus in Norman Street. Our current enrolment is approximately 500 students.

Our school's mission is "Achieving Personal Success Together". We strive to enable our students and staff to reach their full potential in a safe, stimulating and flexible learning environment. Our educational programs provide a balanced and personalised curriculum where student achievement is acknowledged and celebrated.

Our specialist programs include: Music, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Physical Education (PE), Health, Design Technology, Horticulture and Hospitality.

The Educational Residential Program (ERU) and the Transition to Community Living FARM units are aimed at developing home and community living skills for all our students. The school also operates two cafés open to the public.

The Special Treats Café is located at our Gillies St. campus and the FARM Café is located at our Norman street FARM campus. Through these enterprises we are able to offer our students pathways to future employment.

Individual Learning Programs (ILP’s) are implemented by classroom Teachers and Education Assistants and supported by a team of Allied Health Professionals in the areas of Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy.

A Psychologist, Student Welfare Officers and a School Nurse are available to support staff, students and parents.

Ballarat Specialist School currently employs 4 Principal Class Officers, 56 Teachers and 134 Education Support staff members, with more than 60 additional staff employed casually.

Selection Criteria

KSC 1: Capacity and experience to undertake routine support tasks across a range of functions in one or more work areas within a special school environment.

KSC 2: Demonstrated capacity to communicate effectively with members of the school community including students and the capacity to provide support and/or attendant care to students where necessary.

KSC 3: Demonstrated proficiency in the use of office systems, software or technical equipment as relevant to the position.

KSC 4: Capacity to work cooperatively with a range of people including teachers, education support staff, students and parents.

KSC 5: A commitment to professional learning and growth.


The Role of the Education Support Staff at Ballarat Specialist School:

Be acquainted with and effectively carry out the responsibilities of the position as set out in the relevant position description.

Seek feedback on performance and continue to improve knowledge and skills.

Act in a professional manner with colleagues, students and parents/carers as appropriate.

Promote a safe and supportive school environment.

Assist with the toileting, meals, lifting and administration of medication for students requiring special care.

Undertake training and provide support in managing challenging behaviours.

Provide medical intervention procedures as required.

Assist with the supervision of students in playgrounds, at the bus port, during camps and excursions, during other activities such as sports, therapies, life skills training etc.

Adhere to school protocols and our staff code of conduct.

Participate in team meetings.

Assist in the identification of professional development needs.


  • Responsibilities Of Education Support Staff At Ballarat Specialist School:
  • Maintain a child safe environment at all times.
  • Provide routine support for teachers.
  • Communicate with teachers about routine matters.
  • Assist teachers with communication with parents about routine matters.
  • Provide basic physical and emotional care for students such as toileting, meals and lifting.
  • Communicate with student/s about comprehension of basic tasks and information.
  • Address immediate behaviour issues relating to specific students within a classroom setting.
  • Assist with coordination and planning of student routines.
  • Be accountable for performance of allocated tasks.

Responsibilities of this position may include, but are not limited by, the following duties:

Physical assistance tasks

  • Pushing students in wheelchairs, transferring and hoisting students.
  • Transferring students between school activities both on and off school grounds.
  • Transferring students to and from buses.
  • Physical support for students participating in swimming, sporting and therapy activities.
  • Personal care and communication tasks
  • Maintaining personal hygiene of students.
  • Toileting and personal care.
  • Dressing and undressing support.
  • Mealtime assistance.
  • Supporting student communication including using specialised equipment and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ACC) systems.

Classroom and school support tasks

  • Assisting in the maintenance of a clean and inviting classroom and school environment.
  • Ensuring equipment is clean and well maintained.
  • Preparing educational materials and equipment as directed.
    Setting up and packing down equipment for classroom and playground activities.

Who May Apply

Individuals with the aptitude, experience and/or qualifications to fulfill the specific requirements of the position.