Education Assistant, Special Needs

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

Job Description

Independent Public School - Southwest Education Region
Spencer Park Education Support Centre
Education Assistant - Special Needs
Pool Ref IPS/SS701477
Level 3, $31.50 - $33.09 per hour (EA (Gov) GA 2021)
Advertised Vacancy Number IPS/SS701477
Appointment Pool

We are seeking to establish a pool of Education Assistant - Special Needs 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.

As an Education Assistant - Special Needs you will, under teacher direction, assist in the education programs and in promoting a supportive and inclusive learning environment.

The suitable applicants will assist the teacher in the delivery of planned education programs to assist students to reach their full potential through the development of their academic, social, emotional and physical skills.

Competency in the use of a range of technology tools, such as computers and electronic devices is expected.

Also, when required, the Education Assistant – Special Needs will provide feedback on education programs and participate in the evaluation process relating to the achievement of goals.

Spencer Park Education Support Centre's (SPESC's) vision of “Partnerships for Success Learning” places a strong focus on providing Students in the areas of ‘Learning’, ‘Inclusion’ and their ‘Wellbeing. We are situated alongside the Spencer Park Primary School and work closely with them at every opportunity providing inclusivity within the students social and learning programs.

All students show progress and achievement in their learning against their individualised learning plans and programs. Experience and understanding of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), Antecedent, Behaviour and Consequence (ABC) and applying appropriate interventions is highly desirable when working with our students and in management of engagement in learning, challenging behaviours and meeting sensory needs.

With an additional underpinning belief that all behaviour is communication, every student has the right to have a voice and to be heard, SPESC makes this possible through the use of various modes of AAC such as PODD devices, AUSLAN and Key Word Sign.

In supporting students learning to self-regulated emotions and engage in social experiences SPESC employees Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) expectations that supports each student learning to “Be Safe, Be Friendly and to Be Your Best.”

SPESC is one of five support centres in Western Australia to offer a specialised learning program for children in Kindergarten and Pre-primary with Global Developmental Delay (GDD) and Autism (ASD).

Through the Early Intervention Program students work mostly one-on-one in an explicit instruction model designed to prepare children for Year 1 at their local mainstream school.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Spencer Park 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 Sharon Hall, Manager Corporate Services, by telephoning (08) 6821 3042 or emailing

During the school holiday period, please contact Rebecca Wheatley on 0417 179 955

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 maximum four (4) 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 a maximum of four (4) 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; 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

The Department applies a four (4) day breach period to this selection process.

Applications must be submitted before 4.30pm (WST) on Friday, 15 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: Spencer Park
CLOSING DATE: 2021-10-15 4:30 PM


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Job Closing Date

15 Oct, 2021