Guidance Counsellor/Psychologist

$96,469 - $119,173 yearly
  • Townsville Catholic Education Office
  • St Teresa's College, Abergowrie, Abergowrie QLD, Australia
  • 23 Jun, 2021
Full time - Fixed Term Student Services

Job Description

Position: Guidance Counsellor/Psychologist
Commencing Date: 
Term 3, 2021
Salary Range:
 $96,469 - $119,173 per annum pending experience

Classification: Full Time, Fixed Term Contract
Closing Date: Sunday, 18 July 2021

St Teresa's College, Abergowrie has a strong commitment to the education of indigenous students as well as the provision of outstanding academic, sporting and cultural opportunities within a caring, yet challenging, environment. Abergowrie is approximately 40 North west of Ingham in the Herbert River Valley. The Herbert River district is a vibrant community offering a relaxed lifestyle with sporting, arts and cultural opportunities and close proximity to many of North Queensland's beautiful beaches including easy access to the heritage listed Hinchinbrook Island. 

About the role

Townsville Catholic Education is offering a dynamic and challenging opportunity for a Guidance Counsellor/Psychologist. The successful applicant will be a member of the pastoral and student support team, assisting the Secondary School (Years 7 to 12) to provide the most appropriate educational and boarding experience for their students. Flexible hours of duty will enable the school and boarding context to be provided with the necessary supports they require. A particular emphasis will be to work collaboratively with the school community to promote and foster the achievement, participation and development of all students. This role will be a Full Time position on a 2 year, Fixed Term Contract.  

Provisional Psychologists are encouraged to apply.  

Key accountabilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Advocate, provide counselling, psychoeducational assessment and individual student support recommendations and advice to students, teachers and parents concerning educational, behavioural, mental health and family issues.
  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team and facilitate effective working relationships and partnerships with parents, school staff and external support agencies in order to provide a comprehensive support, case management and referral service that optimises students’ access and engagement in educational programs.
  • Conduct activities such as student observation and psychoeducational assessment in order to determine the nature of student learning difficulties, disability, developmental levels or psychological and emotional status in order to make recommendations for educational adjustments and interventions.
  • Assist schools in the implementation of student protection, behaviour support policies and risk management processes that may involve the development of individualised student plans. Monitor and review the implementation of the student plans together with the classroom teacher and other stakeholders.
  • Balance the ethical issues of privacy and confidentiality for each student with the appropriateness of sharing information with others, and maintain a comprehensive and professional record keeping system that complies with policy and legal requirements of parental and legal access to official records.
  • Participate in relevant professional development, and prepare and implement professional and personal skill development programs and in-services for teachers, school officers and parents. Participate in regular professional supervision sessions.
  • Provide leadership and specialised support in response to student protection issues, critical incidents and emergencies, including the development and implementation of stress management, grief management and behaviour management programs for students (individuals and small groups).
  • Maintain the standards that are established by the professional body with which the Guidance Counsellor is affiliated.

What we offer

  • Competitive Salary Range: $96,469 - $119,173 per annum pending experience
  • 4 Weeks' Annual Leave at 17.5% leave loading
  • Salary packaging options 
  • Modern facilities, equipment and resources
  • Superannuation up to 12.75% employer contribution (in a co-contribution arrangement)
  • Access to long service leave after 7 years of continuous service
  • 14 Weeks’ paid parental leave
  • Deferred Salary Scheme
  • Corporate health insurance 
  • Induction, professional development and learning opportunities
  • Wellbeing programs and initiatives

Please see Position Description for more information. 

How to apply

  • Complete the application form
  • Attach a written cover letter addressing the skills, attributes and experiences to support the 8 key accountabilities of the role identified in the position description
  • Attach your current resume including contact details (phone and email) of two professional referees

View other vacancies here.

Applications Close 5pm Sunday, 18 July 2021

To find out more about the Region visit:

Hinchinbrook Shire Council

Broadwater National Park


Not Applicable

School Type


Job Closing Date

18 Jul, 2021