Speech Language Pathologists

$66,988 - $99,687 yearly
  • ACT Government - Department of Education
  • Dickson ACT, Australia
  • 14/01/2021
Full time - Permanent Other

Job Description

Full-time Permanent

Closes: 31 January 2021

Classification: Health Professional Level 2/3
Salary: $66,988 - $99,687 (up to $104,631 on achieving a personal upgrade) plus superannuation
Position No: 38928, several
Directorate: Education
Contact Officer: Tania Piper on tania.piper@ed.act.edu.au or 0466 852 573

Details: Speech Language Pathologists -

  • Better conditions, Better lifestyle – Be a Speech Language Pathologist in Canberra
  • Work in a strong inter-professional team and with experienced speech pathology colleagues
  • Highly Valued, Family Friendly, Supportive of Work-Life Balance

Join ACT Education as a Speech Language Pathologist and enjoy a career making a difference within our Education system for students with additional speech, language, communication and/or mealtime needs. We are continuing to build our team and have positions suitable for speech pathologists with a range of years of experience. Permanent and temporary full and part-time positions are available.

Speech Language Pathologists – Network Student Engagement Teams

As a Speech Language Pathologist in the ACT Education Directorate you will help in developing and delivering teacher training, support programs and best practice adjustments and intervention for students who have a range of learning difficulties and disabilities.

Apart from the improved lifestyle that comes from living in Canberra, the world’s most liveable city, your speech pathology career will also benefit from a move to the ACT Education Directorate.

Be part of the continued growth of Allied Health School Support Services

Our Directorates’ Allied Health Team (including speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists, and social workers) has continued to grow over recent years which shows how much our work is valued by our school communities and our Directorate.

The ACT has a landmark strategic plan for the next decade in ACT Education and we’d like you to be a part of it. We call it the Future of Education and at its core are the following key principles:

  • Recognising that our allied health professionals’ partner with teachers, school leaders and families to reorientate schools as multi-service environments.
  • Supports for learning and wellbeing are available and provided to students.
  • Empowering professionals, teachers, and school leaders to meet the learning needs of all students.

Be rewarded now and into your future

The current Health Professionals Enterprise Agreement continues to support speech pathologists in providing high-quality services in our Education Directorate. The Agreement includes a range of excellent work and leave conditions including flex time arrangements and attractive renumeration.

Outside of the school support role there are even more benefits to moving your speech pathology career to Canberra.

  • 2.7 % salary increase over the remainder of the current EA
  • Employer superannuation contributions of 11.5 %
  • An additional employer superannuation contribution of a further 1% when you contribute 3% or more
  • Availability of additional purchased leave and other salary sacrifice options
  • Flexible working arrangements to suit personal circumstances, for example, flexible start and finish times
  • Annual leave loading of 17.5% of your hourly rate for annual leave accrued
  • 18 weeks paid birth leave for eligible employees

Even more benefits to working for us

With Canberra being one of the fastest growing areas in Australia the ACT needs more speech language pathologists now and into the future. This growth presents more opportunities to speech language pathologists within our unique Directorate:

  • Within the ACT Education Directorate, there are other career and promotion opportunities for Speech Language Pathologists without needing to move outside the Directorate to find them. For example, at level and senior school-based roles as well as senior roles in other work areas e.g. complex case management.
  • Negotiate your hours and days of work
  • You can use school holiday periods for flex, leave, all important caseload catchup time, for connecting with the wider allied health team and for professional learning.
  • You can drive from one end of town to the other in 40 minutes.
  • Canberra is 90 minutes from the snow, 90 minutes to the Coast, a 3-hour drive to Sydney and a short flight to most eastern seaboard and southern major capital cities.
  • Relocation expenses can be considered for successful applicants

Your skills and experience

Qualifications and demonstrated experience as a speech pathologist working with students with disability, learning difficulties, complex needs and/or trauma background. If you are an early career Speech Pathologist these opportunities may also interest you as we have opportunities for you to tailor and monitor programs run by Allied Health Assistants, to conduct direct therapy with our highest priority students and to develop your areas of interest through mentoring and support from experienced SLPs.

Demonstrated ability to develop and implement inclusive and evidence-based speech, language, communication and/or mealtime supports to engage and improve educational outcomes for a diverse range of students.

Proven capacity to work as part of a team and the ability to use own initiative and to work independently.

Consistently model and demonstrate the ACT Government Respect, Equity and Diversity Framework and lead safe work practices that are in accordance with Cultural Integrity and the Directorate’s Work Health and Safety policies, procedures and roles and responsibilities.

Eligibility/Other Requirements:

  • Tertiary qualifications in Speech Pathology.
  • Eligibility for membership with Speech Pathology Australia


  • Prior to commencing this role, a current registration issued under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011 is required. For further information on Working with Vulnerable People registration refer to - https://www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au/app/answers/detail/a_id/1804.


  • Current drivers licence essential including access to a private vehicle.

Note: There are several permanent, and temporary with the possibility extension and/or permanency positions available. Positions will be filled at either the HPO2 or HPO3 level, dependent on the skills and experience of the successful applicant. Part-time hours will be considered, and the full-time salary noted above will be pro-rata. Positions are based in Canberra, but relocation costs can be reimbursed in accordance with the Health Professionals Enterprise Agreement 2018-2021. An order of merit will be established from this selection process and may be used to fill future identical vacancies over the next 12 months. Selection may be based on application and referee reports only. For further information regarding this position applicants are encouraged to phone the Contact Officer. Applications would be assessed on a fortnightly basis and interviews offered accordingly.

Flexibility During Uncertain Times:

  • Interview appointments are flexible and can be conducted virtually.
  • Your commencement date can be negotiated to account for border restrictions or relocation timelines.

How to Apply: Please provide your curriculum vitae and response to the Selection Criteria. Responses to the Selection Criteria should be a maximum of four pages font size 11.

Applications should be submitted via the Apply Now button below.


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