School Counselling Service 2023 Psychology Graduate scholarships

$73,737 - $130,921 yearly
  • NSW Department of Education
  • NSW, Australia
  • 27 Jul, 2022
Full time - Permanent Student Services Administrative and other Support Services

Job Description

Organisation / Entity: Education
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Job reference number: 00008YOM
Work type: Full-Time
Total remuneration package: Package valued up to $130,921. Base salary ranges from $73,737 - $117,060* plus leave loading and employer's contribution to superannuation. Base salary rates above the minimum are available dependent on professional experience. *Note there is no automatic progression to $117,060 - Band 3. Access to Band 3 is available once a school psychologist has progressed through all salary bands and upon successful application for Advanced Certification level against the NSW School Counselling Service PPF.
Contact: 02 7814 2988 - Vicki Melitas
Closing date: 25/09/2022 - 11:59 PM


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School Counselling Service 2023 Psychology Graduate scholarships

Have you considered a career as a school psychologist? Join the NSW Department of Education School Counselling Service.

If you are looking for a rewarding psychology graduate role, where you’ll hit the ground running and where your skills will make a positive impact on the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people, then this opportunity is for you.

Don’t miss out! Applications for the 2023 Psychology Graduate Scholarship Program are now open.

This exciting opportunity will support you to complete a Master of Professional Psychology and become a registered psychologist working within the NSW Department of Education

NSW School Counselling Service

Find out more about the NSW School Counselling Service by watching the video and reading the information below

As a School Psychologist, you will work for Australia’s largest provider of public education and one of the largest employers of psychologists in NSW.

This is a chance to develop and use your skills to make a real difference in the lives of children and young people when it matters most.

As active members of a school community, you will provide counselling and psychological assessment of students that complement and enhance the work of teachers to strengthen student learning and wellbeing outcomes.

As part of the NSW school counselling service you will work with students from Preschool to Year 12 across a range of metropolitan, rural and remote locations

Agency overview

The NSW Department of Education serves the community by providing world-class education for students of all ages. We ensure young children get the best start in life by supporting and regulating the early childhood education sector.

We are the largest provider of public education in Australia with responsibility for delivering high-quality public education to two-thirds of the NSW student population. We are committed to fostering vibrant, sustainable and high-performing vocational and higher education sectors.

We are responsible for enacting NSW Government policy, driving improvement in education, and overseeing policy, funding and compliance issues relating to non-government schools.

We respect and value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as First Peoples of Australia.

The Scholarship offers you:

up to $30,000 tuition allowance for full-time, full fee-paying students
appointment allowance up to $6,000 for rural scholarships and $2,000 for metropolitan scholarships

$1,500 textbook and incidentals allowance

supervised practicum placements in schools, and
ongoing professional support to complete your registration as a Psychologist.

On graduation you receive employment as a school psychologist in NSW public schools complete with a supervised internship as a provisional psychologist.

You will have:

met the requirements for and submitted an application to undertake the Master of Professional Psychology (School Psychology) program at either the University of Wollongong or Charles Sturt University

a willingness to work in areas of identified need - refer to Work Locations Nomination Form

NSW Working with Children Check clearance or be able to obtain a NSW WWCC
Australian citizenship, permanent residency or New Zealand citizenship
NSW driver's licence or ability to obtain

Please Note: All Department of Education employees working in an SSP are required to be vaccinated as outlined at Vaccination requirements for school sites (

The successful candidate for this position will be required to confirm vaccination status prior to the department finalising their appointment and entry on duty. Find the department’s latest advice on COVID-19 (coronavirus) at

About the NSW Department of Education
The Department of Education is the largest provider of public education in Australia with responsibility for delivering high-quality public education to two-thirds of the NSW student population. We welcome applications from all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTQIA+ community, veterans, refugees and people with disability.

If we can make some adjustments to our recruitment/interview process to better enable you to shine, please contact the Diversity and Inclusion Team ( or visit NSW Department of Education Diversity and Inclusion

School psychologists:

  • apply psychological expertise to enhance and support the cognitive, emotional, social, physical and spiritual wellbeing of students
  • support the school leadership team to build and sustain a strong culture of wellbeing
  • provide counselling using evidence-based interventions to improve the wellbeing of students
  • undertake cognitive, emotional and behavioural assessment to contribute to the development of appropriate school-based support for students work collaboratively with learning and support teams, parents and carers and other agencies to
  • enhance learning and wellbeing outcomes for students 
    respond as part of a team to assist schools experiencing emergencies.

As a school psychologist within the NSW Department of Education, you will:

enjoy variety by working with a diverse range of children and young people
opportunities to work across the lifespan with both primary and high school aged students

work as part of a team with dedicated professional supervision and support to gain and maintain your registration as a psychologist

access a comprehensive range of professional psychological resources
have continuing professional development and opportunities for promotion in one of the largest employers in NSW

receive 4 weeks annual leave, and additional flex leave each year


School psychologists earn a competitive salary as shown in the salary bands below current as at 1/1/2022. An additional 10.5% is paid in the form of employer contribution to superannuation.

  • Band 1.0 $73,737 (internship)
  • Band 2.0 $88,935
  • Band 2.1 $96,531
  • Band 2.2 $100,336
  • Band 2.3 $109,978

Note: Additional benefits may be available to interns and employees working in identified rural NSW locations. More information is available at Rural and remote incentive package - Rural and remote incentive package

Hours of work and leave

Full-time School, Psychologists are covered under the Government Sector Employment Act 2013 (GSE Act), and work 35 hours a week.  This equates to 7 1/2 hours each day with the expectation of a 30-minute lunch break.

As this is a non-teaching award, School Psychologists receive four weeks annual leave and, where permitted to work flexible hours, may be eligible to take flex leave. Part-time employees are entitled to recreation leave on a pro rata basis. Given the operations of schools, the most likely times that a School Psychologist will seek to take recreation leave will be during the student vacation periods.

Full-time staff are also entitled to sick leave, extended leave, and family and community services leave, in line with the Crown Employees (Public Service Conditions of Employment) Award 2009.

For more information about the Psychology Graduate Scholarships Program, please contact

Vicki Melitas
Psychology Service Development Coordinator
Telephone: (02) 7814 2988


Please ensure all relevant items listed under APPLICATION PROCESS AND DOCUMENTATION below are completed, with proof of identity documents certified, before you lodge your application.


For more information and to submit your application for your 2023 Psychology Graduate scholarships, visit our careers page today.

Applications close at 11:59pm, Sunday 25 September 2022.

Applications must be lodged electronically. No paper-based application will be accepted.



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Job Closing Date

25 Sep, 2022