Teacher Assistant - Niddrie Autistic School

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Niddrie VIC, Australia
  • 12 Jan, 2022
Part time - Fixed Term Student Services Teaching Aides & Special Needs Administrative and other Support Services

Job Description

Job ID:  1262038
Location:  Niddrie Autistic School
Department:  Niddrie Autistic School
Role Type:  Teacher Aide
Full/Part Time:  Part-Time
Ongoing/Fixed Term:  Fixed Term
Classification:  Ed Support Level 1-Range 1 
Apply By:  23/01/2022
Other Information:  
Begin Date:  07/02/2022
End Date:  18/01/2023
Hours:  31.00
Contact Name:  Paige Davey
Phone:  03 9112 8112
School Website:  www.niddrieautisticschool.vic.edu.au


Location Profile

Niddrie Autistic School is a government school in South West Victoria Region. It was a campus of Western Autistic School, at the start of 2021 the two campuses formally de-amalgamated and became two separate schools.

Niddrie Autistic School has at its foundation a reputation for providing an exemplary education for students with autism from Prep to Year 3.

There is a commitment to excellence, which is communicated, to staff, students and families. Members of staff have high expectations and a belief that every child can learn and achieve.

The school has profound expertise in developing and implementing Individual Educational Plans (IEPs) and in assessing and monitoring the learning of students to ensure the goals in IEPs are achieved.

Niddrie Autistic School is situated 16 kms north of the Central Business District (CBD) in the suburb of Niddrie. The school enroll students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The philosophy of the school is to provide an intensive program for students with autism to build their social communication and sense of self and others which will guide their inclusion and participation through their early years of schooling and beyond.

To support the needs of autistic children and their families, the school provides initial support for each student as he/she moves to their designated neighbourhood mainstream or special school setting.

In 2021 the enrolment was 96 students. Eighty-two percent of these enrolments were boys and 18% of students come from a Language other than English background. The majority of students travel from a wide geographical area and travel to Niddrie by a contract bus service.

In 2021 a DET funded capital works project was completed, the school now has a new state-of- the art building comprising 12 new classrooms and collaborative learning areas. These works were part of the Stage 1 development of a bigger Master Plan for the redevelopment of the whole site.

As Niddrie Autistic School provides an educational program for autistic students from Prep to year 3, ensuring these students make a successful transition to further educational contexts from Year 4 is a vital focus not only of their program while at Niddrie Autistic School but also in the following years.

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with teachers about routine matters relating to the education of autistic students and to support teachers in designated aspects of the classroom program.

Demonstrated ability to:

  • Provide physical care and emotional support for autistic students.
  • Facilitate students engagement with play and learning tasks/programs as directed by class teacher/s.
  • Implement positive behaviour support strategies relating to individual students within classroom, playgrounds and other school environments.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work with students, teachers, parents and the school community in an objective and respectful manner.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work cooperatively with a range of people including leaders, teachers, education support staff, students and parents.
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional learning and growth.


Undertakes routine tasks that are usually carried out under close supervision and direction. Work that carries some degree of independence will generally involve a limited number of tasks performed on a regular basis where priorities are clear, procedures are well established and direction is readily available.

Work has little scope for deviation. Problems can usually be solved by reference to well documented procedures and instructions and clearly established practices. Deviation from established procedures will require reference to others for guidance and direction.

Assistance is readily available when problems arise. An experienced employee at range 1 will exercise limited judgement within clearly defined guidelines and well established practices that relate specifically to the tasks performed.

Does not carry responsibility for the work of others. More experienced employees will provide basic guidance and advice to others relating to tasks within the work area.

An education support class position supports the educational services being provided to students, but must not include duties of teaching as defined in clause 2.6.1 of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic) or its successor.

Supervision of students cannot be required except where it is an integral part of the employee's position or involves supervision of students individually or in small groups, in controlled circumstances, where the responsibility for students remains clearly with a teacher.

Qualification requirements do not operate at range 1. Certification requirements may be required to legally perform specific tasks - e.g. driver's licence, first aid, safe food handling.


  • Assist students on an individual or group basis in specific learning areas.
  • Assist with the communication between students and teachers, particularly the interpretation of instructions.
  • Provide basic physical and emotional care for students.
  • Participate in team meetings.
  • Assist with toileting, meals, lifting, and administration of medication to students requiring special care.
  • Assist with the supervision of pupils in playgrounds, at camps, on excursions, in sporting activities, therapy activities and life skills.
  • Assist in the preparation of student resources and equipment.
  • Prepare basic curriculum support resources.
  • Set up and put away equipment and materials in support of teaching programs.
  • Observe students and draw the attention of the teacher to them where necessary.
  • Participate in the monitoring and evaluation of programs and evaluation of individual student involvement and achievement.
  • Assist with communication between teachers and non-English speaking parents/students.
  • Assist in the translation of documents.
  • Assist students with the preparation and service of meals.
  • Ensure work areas and materials, equipment and appliances are maintained in a clean and ready to use condition.
  • Assist in the preparation of equipment and purchasing of materials and supplies as required.

Who May Apply

Individuals with the aptitude, experience and/or qualifications to fulfill the specific requirements of the position.


Not Applicable

School Type


Job Closing Date

23 Jan, 2022