Occupational Therapist - Special Education

Job posted: 23/11/2022
Applications close: 06/12/2022 (Midnight)
8 days remaining

8 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Western Region | Ballarat

Job type: Full time / From 27/01/2023 - 20/12/2023

Organisation: Education and Training

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Education and Training

Reference: 1317583

Reference: 1317583

Occupation: Education and Training

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Western Region | Ballarat

Selection Criteria

  1. Demonstrated knowledge, ability and experience in the provision of occupational therapy services, in the area of pediatrics and developmental disorders.
  2. Demonstrated ability to provide a range of assessments, program planning and implementation of intervention.
  3. Demonstrated ability to evaluate programs and your professional performance and provide evidence of outcomes.
  4. Demonstrated commitment to working collaboratively with children, parents and carers, teachers and assistants, therapists and other professionals and agencies.
  5. Demonstrated ability to work independently, to accept supervision as required, and an ability to seek support and implement recommendations.
  6. Demonstrated experience and willingness to engage in professional development activities, especially related to the range of impairments, intervention and evidenced based practice required to provide a quality service.
  7. Demonstration of high quality verbal and written communication skills.


Under supervision, and in association with the allied health team, provide assessment, treatment and consultative services to students at BSS.

The role of the occupational therapist working in schools is to assist the child towards maximum access to, and participation in, all aspects of the school curriculum.  This includes academic areas and those related to social and play skills and independent living skills. Allied health professionals also support the health and physical needs of the students within this role.

The occupational therapist works with the teacher, other professionals, parents, and the student to assist in establishing an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) to ensure that the child’s needs are met and the therapist becomes part of the strategies that ensure the student achieves success.

The occupational therapist works as part of a multidisciplinary team comprising of speech pathologists, physiotherapists and allied health assistants. In addition, the occupational therapist is a member of a multidisciplinary team involving the school nurse, the psychologist, wellbeing support workers, management, teachers and assistants. Therapists work closely with parents, carers and other medical personnel and agencies that provide services to our students.


  • Independently, with clinical supervision support, provide high quality standard occupational therapy services (assessment, treatment and consultation) which focus on assisting the students towards maximum access to, and participation in, all aspects of the school curriculum, including their health and physical needs.
  • Provide occupational therapy services within defined organisational policies and procedures and within the BSS allied health team’s service delivery models.
  • Prioritise students’ occupational therapy support needs and independently organise caseloads, time tables and planning.
  • Provide evidence and documentation of all occupational therapy support services provided. This includes an up to date electronically shared calendar, electronically saved notes, referral reports and school report comments.
  • Respond to and communicate about referrals from parents, teachers and others appropriately and timely.
  • Work collaboratively with classroom and specialist staff in developing and implementing programs within the classrooms with an aim to embed occupational therapy strategies into the educational programs
  • Work collaboratively with the teacher, other professionals, parents, and the student to assist in establishing an optimal Individual Learning Plan (ILP). This may include assessments, planning and attending ILP or SSG meetings as required.
  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team comprising of 3 other occupational therapists, 3 speech pathologists, 1 physiotherapist, a school nurse, 3 allied health assistants, the health and well-being  team, teacher, parents, external agencies, classroom support staff while promoting a student centred approach.
  • Consult senior occupational therapist before and during equipment prescription process.
  • Follow processes required for the prescription, training, ongoing and safe use of equipment as required by/for students e.g. wheelchairs, hoist, standing frames and equipment for daily living skills and safe access to school and community environments
  • Monitor and evaluate use and maintenance of specialised adapted equipment.
  • Refer the student and family to external therapy services for occupational therapy support needs occurring in the student’s home and community environment. Liaise and communicate effectively with external therapy agencies.
  • Attend meetings and contribute in reviewing and celebrating learning and in curriculum design, implementation and evaluation as a member of the professional learning teams, mini school groups and class groups.
  • Attend, engage and contribute in weekly allied health meetings and fortnightly O.T specific meetings.
  • Provide complex professional reports requiring in-depth factual analysis, including assessment results and recommendations, e.g. reports supporting the educational needs questionnaires (ENQ)
  • Apply evidence based interventions, evaluate and modify interventions regularly and report on outcomes of interventions
  • Train and support allied health assistants and other staff as required in the delivery of occupational therapy programs and strategies
  • Liaise with school staff and parents regarding concerns or issues with respect to occupational therapy programs or students attending occupational therapy programs
  • Conduct training and instruction to school staff and parents within areas of the professional occupational therapy field and within expected level of experience, as required and identified by leadership groups (e.g. manual handling)
  • Assist in completion of risk assessments and development of safe work practices
  • Implement, model and train other staff in applying safe work practices
  • Participate in performance reviews
  • Assist and participate in the development of policies, strategies, processes and procedures for effective delivery of occupational therapy services to students
  • Promote awareness of issues relating to occupational therapy across the school
  • Demonstrate strong commitment to ongoing professional development
  • Participate in clinical supervision sessions and identify cases and issues which require guidance and supervision from a senior clinician
  • Communicate directly to the allied health team leader. Reports issues, discuss complex cases and queries with the allied health team leader.

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

Qualifications, Essential:

  • Bachelor degree in Occupational Therapy or equivalent
  • Eligibility for membership of OT Australia
  • Registered with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Current Victorian driver’s license


Applicants who are offered an interview will be required to complete a health declaration as part of the selection process.

Please provide a minimum of two professional referees.

Contact Information

Please forward enquiries and written applications to:-

Jessica Bothe

Ballarat Specialist School

25 Gillies St North
Lake Gardens   VIC   3355

P:  03 5334 1302


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

Ballarat Specialist School caters for students aged from 3 and 18 years who have a diagnosed intellectual disability ranging from mild to profound.  Ballarat Specialist School is a dual-campus K-12 school organised around four stages of learning - Early Learning (Ages 3-5), Primary School (Ages 5-12), Middle School (Ages 12-15) and Senior School (Ages 15-18). Our Early Learning to Middle School students are accommodated on our main Gillies Street Campus. Our Senior School students are located at our 8.09 hectare FARM Campus in Norman Street. Our current enrolment is approximately 430 students.

Our school's mission is "Achieving Personal Success Together". We strive to enable our students and staff to reach their full potential in a safe, stimulating and flexible learning environment. Our educational programs provide a balanced and personalised curriculum where student achievement is acknowledged and celebrated.  

Ballarat Specialist School provides an inclusive and rigorous learning program that challenges and engages students to grow as passionate learners.  The school's teaching and learning programs are underpinned by the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework, The Victorian Curriculum and the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning.  A comprehensive curriculum, with a strong focus on Literacy and Numeracy, is embedded into curriculum maps for each of the four mini-schools within the school. Each curriculum map is designed to meet the learning needs of students at their individual stages of learning. This is supported by Individual Education Plans for all students. Communication is a keystone of all learning and curriculums within the school.  The school's pedagogy reflects current research, and best practice is enacted to maximise student learning outcomes.  Our teaching and learning programs are anchored in a gradual release of responsibility model to enable our students to become independent and lifelong learners.  Through Professional Learning Communities, Ballarat Specialist School teachers invest in the collective application of curriculum, assessment, shared learning, reflection and they engage in inquiry about student work. 

Our specialist programs include: Science, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Physical Education (PE) and Hospitality. The school also operates two cafés open to the public. The Special Treats Café is located at our Gillies St. campus and the FARM Café is located at our Norman street FARM campus.  We also have a school based Op shop (Vintage Soul) that operates from our Gillies Street Campus. Through these enterprises, we can offer students pathways to future employment as these school-based work areas and programs are connected to the specific delivery of Certificate II Courses through local TAFE institutes. The courses conducted onsite are Kitchen Operations, Retail, Horticulture, Visual Arts, Sport & Recreation, Warehousing, Music Industry and Work skills.

Individual Educational Plans (IEP’s) are developed by the Student Support Group, which comprises parents and carers, outside agencies, and school staff. The IEPs are then implemented by school staff, including Classroom Teachers and Education Assistants and supported by the Integrated Service Team.

Occupational Therapist - Special Education

Job type:

Full time / From 27/01/2023 - 20/12/2023

Job classification:

Not provided


Jessica Bothe | 03 53341302

Occupational Therapist - Special Education