Student Engagement - Social Worker

$64,531 - $102,397 yearly
  • ACT Government - Department of Education
  • ACT, Australia
  • 12 Oct, 2021
Full time - Fixed Term Student Services Other

Job Description

Full-time Temporary with a Possibility of Permanency

Closes: 26 October 2021
Classification: Health Professional Level 1/2/3
Salary: $64,531 - $102,397 (up to $107,476 on achieving a personal upgrade) plus superannuation
Position No: 37338, several
Directorate: Education
Contact Officer: Amie Corrigan on or (02) 6205 1310

Details: Social Workers – Health Professionals Level 1/2/3

  • Better conditions, Better lifestyle – Be a Health Professional in Canberra
  • Work in high performing inter-professional teams and with experienced colleagues
  • Highly Valued, Family Friendly, Supportive of Work-Life Balance

Join ACT Education as a Social Worker and enjoy a career making a difference within our Education system for students. The Directorate’s 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. We are now expanding our team again and have positions for suitably qualified Health Professionals with a range of years of experience. Full and part-time positions are available and will be offered on 12-month temporary basis, with the possibility of permanency. Positions are available at Health Professional 1, 2 and 3 levels and with opportunities to work as part of a centralised support team or directly in schools.

The Future of Education strategic plan, highlights the need for high performing Allied Health teams with its core 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 part of the continued growth of Allied Health School Support Services

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

  • The ACT Education Directorate offers career and promotion opportunities for Health Professionals that can meet your professional needs and preferences. Roles are available in the Schools, Allied Health Student Engagement Teams, Flexible Education, and Targeted Support.
  • 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.

The Roles

Apart from the improved lifestyle that comes from living in Canberra, the world’s most liveable city, your Allied Health career will also benefit from a move to the ACT Education Directorate. As a highly valued part of the Student Engagement and School teams you will have the opportunity to contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of programs and interventions which support schools assist students participate in school according to their unique abilities. Your role may include delivering teacher training, strengthening school capacity, developing support programs and best practice adjustments and intervention for students who have a range of learning difficulties and disabilities. You will have opportunities to develop your clinical skills with a range of student needs within mainstream and specialist school teams as well as the Allied Health Student Engagement Team.

Be rewarded now and into your future

The current Health Professionals Enterprise Agreement continues to support Health Professionals in providing high-quality services in our Education Directorate. The Agreement includes a range of excellent work and leave conditions including flexible working arrangements and attractive renumeration and superannuation conditions as well as the availability of additional purchased leave and other salary sacrifice options.

Even more benefits to working for us

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.

Generous Relocation Reimbursement

For those relocating to Canberra for these Health Professional positions a generous reimbursement, of up to $12,000 for singles/couples and $2000 per dependant, is offered for relocation expenses. Relocation expenses will be reimbursed to the successful applicant in accordance with Clause C18 of the Health Professional Enterprise Agreement 2018-2021

Your skills and experience

  • Qualifications as a Social Worker with demonstrated ability to work with all students, including those with disability, learning difficulties, complex needs and/or trauma background.
    Outstanding interpersonal skills.
  • Proven capacity to work as part of a team and the ability to use own initiative and to work independently and with supervision (appropriate to your career progression).
  • 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 Social Work.
  • Current professional registration: Social worker membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers or eligibility for membership.
  • Current drivers licence essential, including access to a private vehicle for work purposes.
  • Prior to commencing in this role, a current registration issued under the working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011 will be required. For further information on Working with Vulnerable People registration refer to:

Note: This is a temporary position available for a period of 12 months with the possibility of permanency. A merit pool will be established from this selection process and may be used to fill similar vacancies over the next 12 months. Placements will be offered on the basis of organisational/profession need, Health Professional Level of available vacancy and applicants’ availability. Full time and part time hours will be considered. Applicants may be selected on application and referee reports only.

***Relocation allowances may be available for suitable candidates in accordance with C18 – Reimbursement of Reasonable Relocation Expenses, ACT Public Sector Health Professional Enterprise Agreement 2018 -2021.

How to Apply:


If you are interested in making a difference to the outcomes of our children and young people, we encourage you to submit an application. To enable us to assess your merit, your application should include your:

Current curriculum vitae

Your curriculum vitae is your introduction to the selection committee and includes personal details, professional experience, and qualifications. It may also contain a list of publications, presentations, awards or honours, affiliations with professional associations and community interests relevant to the capabilities. The format may be chronological and/or functional. A chronological Resumé starts with your most recent experience. A functional curriculum vitae concentrates on what has been achieved, rather than the positions held. Focus on relevant achievements rather than merely describing the duties of positions held.

Individual response to the Selection Criteria

In four pages or less your Statement of Claims against the selection criteria should summarise how your skills, personal qualities and experiences would enable you to fulfil the responsibilities of the position. It is in your interests to present your application in a way that demonstrates significant outcomes associated with each of the criteria, as well as the capabilities and behaviours that underpin them.

Two Referees

Provide two referees with a thorough knowledge of your work performance and outlook. Ensure that one of the referees is your current or immediate past supervisor. Referees may be contacted at any time during the selection process, and the panel may request a written or verbal referee report. It may also be necessary to go to additional referees. Referees will not be contacted without your knowledge

Applications should be submitted via the Apply Now button below.


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Job Closing Date

26 Oct, 2021