Defence School Mentor Support

Job posted: 21/06/2022
Applications close: 04/07/2022 (Midnight)
1 day remaining

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Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Southern Metropolitan

Job type: Part time / From 11/07/2022 - 20/12/2023

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Other

Reference: 1284155

Reference: 1284155

Occupation: Other

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Southern Metropolitan

Selection Criteria

Your application for this position should specifically address each of the selection criteria listed below and the work profile above.  Short listing and selection will be based upon responses to these selection criteria and the attached Duty Statements.

SC 1        Demonstrated ability to empathise and work with secondary school aged students.

SC 2        Demonstrate how your appropriate qualifications or relevant experience assists you to support Australian Defence Force students and their families.

SC 3        Demonstrated high level of communication skills both oral and written and the ability  to communicate effectively with a diverse range of people e.g. students, school    principal, school staff, parents, Defence Members and their families.

SC 4        Demonstrated ability to organise own work, set priorities, meet deadlines, work independently and as a team member, and maintain confidentiality.

SC 5        Ability to plan, organise, evaluate and deliver innovative and creative programs, resources and activities relating to mobile families/ students or other vulnerable students in the school community.


Under direction of the Principal or Principal’s nominee:- A DSM provides assistance to Defence children and their families. 

This may include:

  • Support and assist young people from Defence families to integrate into the school community;
  • Create a greater and ongoing awareness within the school community of the needs of students from Defence families;
  • Work with individuals, groups, families and stakeholders to develop, implement and evaluate relevant programs;
  • Promote the participation of students from Defence families in school and community activities;
  • Provide advocacy and negotiation support for these students as required;
  • Provide them with information and appropriate referral to support services;
  • Develop resources and programs to support students from Defence families;
  • Proactively contribute to the school team adhering to school policies and priorities.

It is expected that the successful applicant will be able to demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Initiative and leadership qualities;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Display an inclusive approach to working with young people.

The DSM is not a specifically a teacher or counsellor nor is it intended that the DSM work with one student on a long-term basis.

Student and Family Worker Duty Statement

Young Person

  • Provide pastoral support for students and families.
  • Assist students in developing strategies related to positive mental health 


  • Pastorally support families in need
  • Facilitate students and family involvement with community agencies, programs, sporting facilities and out of school activities. 


Work as part of the Wellbeing Team at Western Port Secondary College to:

  • Provide personal and professional development to staff at the College (including PD related to issues facing Defence Force families).
  • Develop a transition package for use with children of Defence Force families.
  • Identify the needs of students including those from Defence Force families and develop and implement a flexible social skills programs addressing issues such as:
  • School retention
  • Negative peer pressure
  • Conflict resolution and anger management
  • Personal and social development



  • Assist in the exchange of information between the community and the school.
  • Assist with the liaison and communication between parents, teachers, other staff and members of the wider school community.

Who May Apply

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

EEO AND OHS Commitment

The Department of Education and Training is committed to the principles of equal opportunity, and diversity and inclusion for all. We value diversity and inclusion in all forms – gender, religion, ethnicity, LGBTIQ+, disability and neurodiversity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for roles within the Department.  The Department recognises that the provision of family friendly, supportive, safe and harassment free workplaces is essential to high performance and promotes flexible work, diversity and safety across all schools and Department workplaces.

Child Safe Standards

Victorian government schools are child safe environments. Our schools actively promote the safety and wellbeing of all students, and all school staff are committed to protecting students from abuse or harm in the school environment, in accordance with their legal obligations including child safe standards. All schools have a Child Safety Code of Conduct consistent with the Department’s exemplar available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/protect/Pages/childsafestandards.aspx

DET Values

The Department’s employees commit to upholding DET’s Values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. DET’s Values complement each school’s own values and underpin the behaviours the community expects of Victorian public sector employees, including those who work in Victorian Government Schools. Information on the DET values is available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/workm/Pages/Public-Sector-Values.aspx

Location Profile

Western Port Secondary College is a dynamic learning community located in a beautiful rural setting on the Mornington Peninsula. It is a smaller sized secondary school with approximately 680 students.  The College has recently been granted $11.6M for major refurbishments which will include a dedicated wellbeing centre.

The College ethos is based upon the commitment of staff, students and parents working cooperatively to provide the best possible curriculum in a safe and welcoming environment. The College’s Core Values are Community, Achievement, Respect, Engagement (CARE), which are embedded into programs and practices within the College community. Our College places a great emphasis on pastoral care and a very positive approach to student wellbeing. We believe the best environment for students to learn is one that is safe, inclusive, respectful, caring and purposeful, and one where personalised and individual learning programs can be achieved. Each and every student is known and has a place in our school.

The current strategic plan focusses on our core business of Teaching and Learning and Accountability. We have initiated a 21st Century Education approach which ensures our students complete their schooling and leave equipped with the skills and knowledge to be successful in their futures and careers. We have implemented a number of changes so all students are accurately mapped on the Victorian Continuum in all learning areas, and then explicitly taught at the level they are at in order to progress along the continuum. This growth is then measured, recorded and reported on. We have developed similar measures for our senior VCE and VCAL programs. We have shifted from solely relying on Teacher Judgments for assessment and instead using a range of tools to more accurately and independently measure and map students learning growth and academic outcomes. Teachers continue to work hard developing differentiated curriculum and associated assessment. To better facilitate our new approach to Teaching and Learning, we have a dedicated Year 7 Learning Centre and a Year 8 Learning Centre. Our Year 9 Program ‘Project 9’ continues to go from strength to strength providing a stimulating and engaging experiential learning program alongside core subjects.

The College was selected as a Department of Education STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Catalyst school and our specially trained staff are delivering a core STEM program including digital technologies, coding and robotics to Year 7 and 8 students, elective program to year 9 and 10 and a cluster initiative project with students in Grade 5 and 6 from feeder primary schools.

The College is a partner school with the Mitchell Institute on the ‘Entrepreneurial Learning in Schools’ project. The College is recognised for its excellence in pathway provision and is an Alumni member of Beacon, supporting young people in exposure to further education, training and employment.

The College is a Monash University SAM school and provides a program promoting and facilitating tertiary pathways. The VCAL and VET completion rates are now at or close to the state average, with these improving each year over the last 4 years and our retention at school is close to the state mean.

The College has implemented the Southern Youth Commitment policy and is involved in the Youth Partnerships Frankston Mornington Peninsula demonstration site. Through this involvement with the ‘Wrap Around Care’ model, the school has been involved in implementing a number of projects and policies across the College that support vulnerable youth and keep young people retained and engaged in educational pathways. The College is working to reinstate its 5 Star Sustainability Accreditation, receiving numerous environmental awards over the last few years. This supports the work of the student led Environmental Action Group.

Sporting excellence along with a strong focus on extra-curricular activities such as Human Powered Vehicle is another area the College prides itself on. The school also maintains a strong music and performing arts program and regularly holds concerts and productions.

Other Information

A Defence Schools Mentor (DSM) should be a person passionate about the care and support of young people and the families. A DSM could come from a variety of backgrounds including Youthwork, Social Work, Counsellor or people that have a history or passion for of supporting young people and families.

The role of the DSM will be to provide information and support to Australian Defence Force families as well as develop a range of activities for children of Defence members and families to ease the impact of mobility and service-related parental absence.

A small part of this role will be that of a students and wellbeing support worker who will be to support all students of the College and their families. They may provide pastoral support, liaise with wellbeing organisations, develop program and work as part of the College’s Wellbeing Team.

An ES or Education Support Officer at Western Port Secondary College is required to be an active and positive member of a team that works in the best interests of the College Community. They Promote and support the college values of Community, Achievement, Respect and Engagement.

All applicants for school-based positions are required to disclose information regarding criminal convictions for certain offences. Criminal history of any appointee will be checked under the relevant State / Territory legislation.  Other working with children checks as required by State/Territory Education Systems.

Work Environment:

Schools perform a vital role in providing quality educational services to their students to assist them to acquire knowledge and understanding, to pursue special interests, to strive to achieve excellence, and to develop social and vocational skills.  Schools also aim to facilitate and support the participation of parents and carers to enable a smooth transition and rewarding educational experience for young people from Defence families.

Defence School Mentor Support

Job type:

Part time / From 11/07/2022 - 20/12/2023

Job classification:

Not provided


Mathew Bodley | 5979 1577

Defence School Mentor Support