Education Assistant, Special Needs

$31.50 - $33.09 hourly
  • Western Australia Government - Education
  • Cannington WA, Australia
  • 13 Sep, 2021
Full time - Permanent Teaching Aides & Special Needs

Job Description

Independent Public School - South Metropolitan Education Region
Cannington Community Education Support Centre
Education Assistant - Special Needs
Pool Ref IPS/SS701577
Level 3, $31.50 - $33.09 per hour (EA (Gov) GA 2021)
Advertised Vacancy Number IPS/SS701577
Appointment Pool

Are you committed to achieving excellence?

Cannington Community Education Support Centre (ESC) is seeking to establish an Education Assistants – Special Needs pool for appointments to permanent and fixed term, full-time and part-time vacancies which may arise during the 2022 school year.

Appointments can be made from the pool at any time for commencements within the 2022 school year.

Cannington Community ESC’s motto is 'Learning for Life' and it reflects our belief that learning occurs throughout life and that our students require specialised functional curriculum to adequately prepare them. Our school caters for over 120 secondary aged students from Years 7 to 12.

All students enrolled at the school have high educational needs due to intellectual disability, sensory impairments, Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or complex physical impairments.

We are immensely proud of our reputation, growing partnerships with the local community and our students who persistently and enthusiastically work hard to achieve their personal, academic and career goals.

As a level 3 Special Needs Education Assistant at Cannington Community ESC, you will be responsible for assisting teachers with preparing resources and programs that meet the learning needs of students and to help enable them to reach their individual goals.

You will be required to provide effective feedback when required on education and therapy programs and participate in the evaluation process relating to the achievement of student’s individual goals.

As part of your role, you will also be required to assist with the general health and wellbeing of students.

Suitable applicants will work with limited supervision or autonomously and ideally have skills in working with students using: Positive Behaviour Support strategies, Applied Behaviour Analysis, and ASDAN. You will be required to support students in the workplace, in the community on leisure and recreation programs and in the classroom.

A well-developed skill in the use of information technology (IT) would be highly desirable.

It is desirable for suitable applicants to have experience working with students with special needs and to have an extensive knowledge in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems including but not limited to PODD books, keys word sign and digital speech programs.

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

  • Effective written and oral communication skills, including report writing and the ability to effectively interact with students with special needs, and liaise with parents, teachers and community members and assist teachers in understanding students where necessary.
  • Effective interpersonal skills with the ability to contribute to a professional team and provide advice and evaluation in the development of the education program, including special education and therapy programs where they have been implemented.
  • The ability to assist professionals in the implementation and evaluation of education programs, including special education and, if required, occupational and/or physiotherapy programs.
  • Knowledge and understanding of health and physical disabilities in students and adolescents.
  • Effective organisational skills that will assist in the delivery of effective education programs and subsequent feedback and evaluation to teachers or psychologists.

The ability to assist with the general health and wellbeing 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 Cannington Community Education Support 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 Jessica Bates, Deputy Principal, by telephoning (08) 9351 2480 or emailing

During the school holiday period, please contact Jessica Bates on 0436 620 905.

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 who can attest to the claims made in your written application, preferably 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;
  • Obtain or hold a current Working with Children Check; and
  • 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 Accountability 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 Monday, 11 October 2021




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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
LOCATION: Cannington
CLOSING DATE: 2021-10-11 4:30 PM


Special Needs

School Type


Job Closing Date

11 Oct, 2021