Occupational Therapist

Job posted: 22/11/2022
Applications close: 05/12/2022 (Midnight)
7 days remaining

7 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Western Metropolitan

Job type: Full time / From 27/01/2023

Organisation: Education and Training

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Education and Training

Reference: 1317189

Reference: 1317189

Occupation: Education and Training

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Western Metropolitan

Selection Criteria

SC1 Recognised qualification in Occupational Therapy, current AHPRA registration and current Working with Children Check.

SC2 An understanding of a variety of Occupational Therapy interventions and a capacity to implement these with children aged 5-18 years old with a wide range of disabilities (including but not limited to ID, ASD, CP, Down Syndrome).

SC3 Demonstrated capacity to work within a collaborative professional team and contribute to the achievements of the team, as well as working independently.

SC4 Demonstrated ability to use initiative, reflective practice and prioritisation to plan and manage caseload.

SC5 Excellent interpersonal skills along with written and verbal communication skills.

SC6 An ability to build rapport and therapeutic relationships with students of varying disabilities, cultural backgrounds and experiences.


The Occupational Therapist will be part of our dynamic Allied Health team and will fulfill important specialist support services at Tarneit Rise Primary School. It is expected that they will be competent in the provision of occupational therapy services and provide a high level of customer service to all members of the school community. It is important that they operate in a consistent, professional, courteous and efficient manner at all times.

The Occupational Therapist will be responsible for the administration and implementation of the occupational therapy program at Tarneit Rise Primary School. They will support and empower teaching staff to plan and implement successful individual learning programs for students wih the aim of maximising the student’s capacity to independently participate in a variety of activities across the school day. Confidentiality is a vital component of this position.

Range 5 is distinguished by broader management responsibility, particularly in the areas of finance, human resource and other support functions.  Range 5 is responsible for managing a range of functions under a wide range of conditions, subject to the size and complexity of school operations. 

Objectives will, generally, be clearly defined; guidelines will be broad and day-to-day direction minimal.  Management responsibility extends to ensuring appropriate support levels are maintained across the school.  Range 5 generally provides key support and timely advice to the leadership team and school council and liaises with the general school community, the Department and other government agencies and service providers.

Specialised professional roles will carry a high level of independence and accountability where suitable scope is provided to achieve objectives.

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.



  • Under direction from the Disability Inclusion Assistant Principal and in collaboration with teachers and parents in the school communities, design, develop and implement Occupational Therapy services for students in classrooms, individual and group setting.
  • Collaboratively work with other allied health staff.
  • Provide a service utilising specialist knowledge of specific therapies, programs and case management strategies in the education setting.
  • Provide occupational therapy consultancy to teachers including support in the development of individual educational programs and classroom management.
  • Develop and maintain links with community resources and agencies.
  • Maintain appropriate records and provide written and oral reports as required.
  • Recommend appropriate equipment according to students needs and liaise with external agencies as appropriate.
  • Liaise with and educate parents, care givers and staff on student progress and specific therapies and/or equipment.
  • Liaise with external health professionals involved with the care of each child as necessary.
  • Assess and write appropriate reports for the Disability inclusion profiles as required.
  • Conduct oneself in line with all school and departmental policies and procedures, as well as those outlined by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (APHRA) and OT Australia.

General Expectations

  • Peruse the DET mail for updated material/advice regarding policy, procedure and guidelines changes
  • Comply with policies and procedures
  • Commit to upholding DET’s Values of Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights in accordance with the Code of Conduct for Victorian Public Sector Employees and Public Administration Act 2004
  • Maintain a healthy and safe working environment in accordance with DET OH&S requirements.
  • Promote the safety and wellbeing of all students, and demonstrate commitment to protecting students from abuse or harm at Tarneit Rise Primary School, in accordance with legal obligations including child safe standards.
  • Liaise with the Principal  to undertake relevant staff professional development and training.
  • Undertake other duties relevant to the field of responsibility as requested by the Principal 

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

Other Information

Please ensure that your application includes:

  • a resume including relevant experience as well as personal details (name, address and contact numbers, business and home)
  • a section addressing the selection criteria and the requirements for application under the Who May Apply section
  • names and contact numbers (telephone and email if possible) of two referees

Please note that the selection panel may seek additional referees beyond those you name. Consistent with policy, we shall advise you if we will take this action.

Conditions of Employment

  • All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.
  • Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.
  • A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction and support programs provided.
  • Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department's Human Resources website at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/default.aspx

For positions in special settings, a person is not eligible for employment unless they meet the vaccination requirements on commencement in the position.

Location Profile

Tarneit Rise Primary School is a strong, inclusive community that proudly celebrates our diversity and multiculturalism and we are recruiting!

Instructional coaching is offered to all new staff. Our facilities are state of the art, our children are gorgeous, our curriculum is rigorous, and our leadership is strong. We are not looking for teachers who know everything; we are looking for reflective practitioners (of any level of experiences) who are curious about their practice and who want to make a difference in the world.

Our community works together to ensure every child has a positive, happy and rewarding school experience. Families and teachers are genuine partners in the learning process, ensuring our children strive to achieve their personal best and show kindness towards others.

The school attracts and retains a dynamic, caring and innovative staff who work hard to provide a range of high quality learning opportunities to stimulate and challenge each child. This is done within a collaborative culture, creating a strong sense of community spirit and high expectations.

Enrolments for 2022 are currently 1600.


Creating citizens for the future: compassionate, curious and strong.


We empower all students to achieve personal goals, experiencing high quality education and the best community for learning. This will ensure all learners have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become lifelong learners, shaping the world around them and believing that, with effort, great things can be achieved.


Tarneit Rise Primary School recognises the importance of the partnership between the school and families to support student learning, engagement and wellbeing. We share a commitment to, and a responsibility for, ensuring inclusive, safe and engaging environments for children to learn and grow.  

Our values are: Respect, Responsibility, Kindness, and Growth



At Tarneit Rise Primary School, we invest heavily in our people because we believe no single asset or resource matters more in achieving our vision

Occupational Therapist

Job type:

Full time / From 27/01/2023

Job classification:

Not provided


Nadia Bettio | 037002 6580

Occupational Therapist