Occupational Therapist (Ed Support Level 1-Range 3)

Job posted: 15/05/2024
Applications close: 28/05/2024 (Midnight)
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Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Southern Metropolitan

Job type: Full time / From 15/07/2024 - 19/12/2025

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Education and Training

Reference: 1415778

Reference: 1415778

Occupation: Education and Training

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Southern Metropolitan

Selection Criteria

Please respond to each of the following key selection criteria. Graduates are encouraged to use examples from their study and placements.

KSC1: A knowledge of the use and application of a wide range of interventions to assist children with a physical disability to participate in school-based activities; including play, sensory regulation, social and emotional regulation, alternative access for learning, fine-motor and life skills.

KSC2: An understanding and commitment to using adaptive equipment to support participation and engagement across the school environment. 

KSC3. Demonstrated exemplary communication and interpersonal skills when working with students, families, colleagues, and other professionals. 

KSC4. Demonstrated capacity to work effectively in collaboration with therapy and teaching teams to devise programs that establish and extend a student¿s functional skills in a range of contexts.


KSC5. Highly developed organisational skills with a demonstrated ability to work independently, utilise effective time management strategies, establish priorities and meet deadlines.


We pride ourselves on our ongoing commitment to learning and teamwork. This position offers:

  • Paediatric occupational therapy experience.
  • Ongoing clinical supervision from senior Occupational Therapist.
  • All therapy delivered within a group-based model alongside teachers.
  • Provision of therapy to students in real, authentic environments such as in the yard, mealtimes, in the classroom and in the community.
  • Weekly therapy specific peer-peer learning program (professional development, case studies, peer reviewing articles).
  •           Opportunities to learn Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) (e.g. PODD, Key Word Sign/Auslan, electronic communication devices).
  •         Continuity of care (the same caseload across the whole school year).

As part of the Nepean School team, you will be working closely with the Teaching staff, Education support staff and Therapy staff to provide regular class-based occupational therapy sessions to our students. These sessions have a focus on access to learning, and may include aspects of handwriting, fine motor skills, play, sensory regulation, social and emotional regulation, alternative access to technology, movement, community skills and independence with life skills. 


  • work with students and their teams to assess students¿ access to their learning and create functional goals.
  • support students to understand and identify strategies to regulate their sensory and emotional systems. 
  • use your knowledge of assistive technology to prescribe therapeutic equipment such as postural supports, wheelchairs, mounting and adaptive equipment.
  • learn about other therapy disciplines, apply them to your practice, and share your knowledge with your team.
  • participate in Student Support Groups and other planning meetings to share your expertise.
  • Increase students daily independence with life skills and support with meal time equipment set-up and skill development

Who May Apply

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

EEO AND OHS Commitment

Applicants seeking part-time employment are encouraged to apply for this position. Should you be successful, you will be given the opportunity to negotiate your preferred time fraction as part of the recruitment process.

The Department of Education (the department) 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. It is our policy to provide reasonable adjustments for persons with a disability (see Workplace adjustment guidelines).

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants can contact Brett West, Yamatji man, in the Koorie Outcomes Division to talk about the recruitment process, the department and supports for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in the department. Mobile: 0477 726 801 or email on: brett.west@education.vic.gov.au

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:


DE Values

The department's employees commit to upholding the department's Values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. The department'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 department values is available at:


Other Information

 Successful applicant will have:

  •         Recognised tertiary qualification in Occupational Therapy
  •         Current AHPRA registration and WWCC
  •        Strong teamwork skills (ability to work with a variety of allied health and teaching disciplines)
  •         Strong verbal and written communication skills
  •         A keen and proactive attitude to life-long learning
  •        An emphasis on continuity of care

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

Location Profile

The passionate and supportive occupational therapy team at Nepean School are looking for a new member to join our team. You may be a graduate or experienced clinician; the most important thing is that you are willing to learn and share your knowledge! The position is full time, 5 days per week, during school terms.

Nepean School is a government school for students aged 5-18 years and caters for students who have a physical disability and/or significant health impairment. We are passionate about education and learning opportunities for everyone, regardless of challenges they may face. Our students engage with therapy in the classroom as part of their education program.

As a member of our team, you can gain exposure to a broad range of paediatric conditions including cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, epilepsy, hypermobility disorders, autism spectrum disorder and a variety of genetic conditions. You will also develop skills suitable for working in a variety of special needs areas.

At Nepean School we strongly believe that the best outcomes arise from teamwork, and that is reflected in our commitment to working in a transdisciplinary team. Nepean School has an extensive therapy team, made up of experienced physiotherapists, occupational therapists, music therapists, and speech pathologists. We work closely within our transdisciplinary team, consisting of therapists, teachers, education support staff, psychologists, nurses, families, and of course, the students themselves. We work together to design and implement engaging learning and therapeutic programs to support our students and their families to reach their goals.

Occupational Therapist (Ed Support Level 1-Range 3)

Job type:

Full time / From 15/07/2024 - 19/12/2025

Job classification:

Ed Support Level 1-Range 3


Alicia Ritter | 97869111

Occupational Therapist (Ed Support Level 1-Range 3)