Occupational Therapist (Time fraction negotiable)

Job posted: 16/03/2023
Applications close: 29/03/2023 (Midnight)
5 days remaining

5 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Northern Metropolitan

Job type: Full time / From 26/04/2023

Organisation: Education and Training

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Education and Training

Reference: 1336919

Reference: 1336919

Occupation: Education and Training

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Northern 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 5-15 years old with a wide range of disabilities (including but not limited to ID, ASD).

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.

SC7 A demonstrated commitment to inclusive education in a school which celebrates diversity and inclusivity.



The Occupational Therapist will fulfill an important specialist support services function at Keelonith 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 Keelonith 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 4 is distinguished by broader management responsibility, particularly in the areas of finance, human resource and other support functions.  Range 4 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 4 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 Leading Teacher and in collaboration with principal class, 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 the College’s 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 Dohertys Creek P-9 College, 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

Applicants must be a qualified Occupational Therapist and registered as a member of AHPRA by the commencement date of this position (27th January, 2023).

Applicants must have a valid Working with Children Check.

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

  • 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

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

**Days and times to be negotiated**

How would you like to be a part of a vibrant, enthusiastic and committed team?

Does working in an environment, where the values of respect, trust and care are demonstrated on a daily basis, appeal to you?

 If the answer is “yes” then please read on.

Keelonith Primary School, is a Supported Inclusion School that opened in Jan 2021. KPS has the motto “Learning Without Limits”. We are a universally designed school located in a rapidly growing residential area in the suburb of Greenvale.

The school is located on the corner of Blossom Drive and Greenvale Gardens Boulevard, Greenvale.

The school works in partnership with the community to provide authentic and engaging learning opportunities and best academic and personal outcomes for all students. KPS is a Supported Inclusion School, which models excellence in inclusive education in its school culture, leadership and teaching practices. Supported Inclusion Schools combine a level of targeted support and purpose built design specifically for students with additional needs, supporting stronger inclusion than is available in a standalone special school. The school can accommodate a higher proportion of students with an intellectual disability than other mainstream schools.

KPS is a school that focusses on providing an environment which is designed for every learner to have every opportunity to lead a successful and fulfilling life.

At KPS everyone is valued and celebrated and has the right to learn, excel and find joy in a safe, accessible and stimulating learning environment in which passion is sparked through authentic experiences, nature, play, and inquiry. Play and interactions with the natural world and purposeful integration of 21st Century technologies  underpin the teaching and learning approach of the school.

Learning is focussed on each child’s zone of proximal development and their interests with student agency being paramount in the learning journey for everyone. Learning is not done to students at KPS, we are building students to have capacity and agency in their learning. Our curriculum is designed to meet the individual needs of all students. It is implemented through an integrated approach, team teaching, cross age and peer tutoring.

The school values of:

Compassion- care, kindness, empathy

Honesty- be true to self and others, trust

Equity- each learner has what they need to learn, excel and find joy

Encouragement- work together to support and cheer on our peers

Respect- self, others, the environment and learning, flag that we CHEER for everyone in our community to be the best they can be in all areas of their life.

Finally, do you think you can make a positive difference to the learning of our community?

 If your answer is “yes” to the following statements then we would encourage you to apply:

I believe in the potential of all children to succeed.

I am able to develop positive relationships that foster growth with diverse individuals.

I am able to work well as part of a team.

I demonstrate the values of respect, trust and care.

 There is no doubt being a member in the foundation years of our school will be a huge challenge for all concerned. Initially, the work demands will probably be far greater than you have experienced before and you need to be aware of that. However the benefits to you, personally and professionally, will far outweigh the sacrifices you may have to make as we, together, establish a community learning environment we can all be proud of as we support this our students in a positive and caring way.

Occupational Therapist (Time fraction negotiable)

Job type:

Full time / From 26/04/2023

Job classification:

Not provided


Loren Peavey | 03 7379 5100

Occupational Therapist (Time fraction negotiable)