Education Assistant - Special Needs

$28.59 - $33.09 hourly
  • Western Australia Government - Education
  • Dowerin WA 6461, Australia
  • 09 Apr, 2021

Job Description

Department of Education
Independent Public School - Wheatbelt Education Region
Dowerin District High School
Education Assistant - Special Needs
Pool Ref IPS/SS678341
Level 2/3, $28.59 - $33.09 per hour (EA (Gov) GA 2021)
Advertised Vacancy Number IPS/SS678341
Appointment Pool

Are you a Special Needs EA who is keen to make a difference?

Dowerin District High School (DHS) is seeking to establish a pool of Education Assistants – Special Needs 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 1, 2022 Appointments can be made from the pool at any time for commencements within the 2021 school year, up to the end of Term 1, 2022.

Education Assistants – Special Needs (EASNs) may work in any class from Kindergarten to Year 10 utilising their skills and knowledge to support individuals and small groups as well as assisting the teacher with whole class activities. EASNs will have a sound knowledge of working with children that have special needs, and be expected to assist teachers in the design, delivery and assessment of planned education programs. They will work with the teachers to create an effective, engaging and inclusive environment based on high expectations, best practice, early intervention and integrated use of information and communication technology (ICT) for learning. EASNs will be expected to have, or being working towards, a relevant Certificate III.

Suitable applicants will be collaborative and work effectively within a team environment. They will utilise their strong written and oral communication skills to enable the implementation of individual or small group programs, as well as have the ability to support the general health and well-being of students. Suitable applicants will use their initiative to assist with the preparation and maintenance of the learning environment.

An Independent Public School since 2013, Dowerin DHS is also a Regional Teacher Development School for Mathematics and STEM. Enthusiastic and capable staff members at Dowerin DHS make admirable use of excellent resources and strong community links to deliver an engaging and varied curriculum in a supportive and safe environment. Classes are well equipped with Interactive whiteboards, 1:1 computers and a bank of iPads available to complement learning. The grounds of the school provide an excellent space for learning and play. Small classes, excellent behaviour and a supportive community make this a great place to work and live.

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

  • Good written and verbal 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 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 Dowerin District High School can be found by visiting or Schools Online.

Additional information about Independent Public Schools is also available here.

For further job related information:
You are encouraged to contact Barbara Garner, Principal, for further information about this employment opportunity, including information about living and working in Dowerin, by telephoning (08) 9631 1030 or emailing

During the school holiday period you can contact Barbara Garner on 0429 825 061.

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 two (2) 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 (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; and
  • 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 Tuesday, 20 April 2021




  • applicant resource - how to write a cv and covering letter nov18.pdf
  • applicant resource - information for applicants mar2020.pdf
  • published jdf - generic - educatoin assistant - special needs) - schools - l2 - aug 2017.pdf

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WORK TYPE: Permanent - Part Time, Permanent - Full Time, Fixed Term - Part Time, Fixed Term - Full Time
FTE: 0.1-1.0
CLOSING DATE: 2021-04-20 4:30 PM