Principal-Range 4

Job posted: 28/06/2024
Applications close: 25/07/2024 (Midnight)
3 days remaining

3 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Southern Metropolitan

Job type: Full time / From 07/10/2024 - 06/10/2029

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Teacher

Reference: 1423427

Reference: 1423427

Occupation: Teacher

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Southern Metropolitan

Selection Criteria

(a) Vision and values

Demonstrated capacity to create a shared vision, define and gain acceptance of school goals and set and communicate expectations for effective performance.

(b) Teaching and Learning

Demonstrated ability to manage the quality of teaching and create a positive culture of challenge, support and collaboration.

(c) Improvement, Innovation and Change

Demonstrated capacity to produce and implement clear, evidence-based improvement plans and policies and lead innovation and change.

(d) Management

Demonstrated capacity to ensure that the school's human, physical and financial resources are efficiently allocated and managed.

(e) Development

Demonstrated capacity to create a professional learning community that is focused on the continuous improvement of teaching and learning, supporting all staff to achieve high standards and commitment to their own learning and wellbeing.

(f) Engagement

Demonstrated capacity to develop positive relationships with students, parents/families and the local community and participate in and contribute to system-level activities.


The role of the principal is to lead and manage the planning, delivery, evaluation and improvement of the education of all students in a community through the deployment of resources provided by the Department and the school community.

At the same time, the principal, as executive officer of the school council, must ensure that adequate and appropriate advice is provided to the council on educational and other matters, that the decisions of the council are implemented and that adequate support and resources are provided for the conduct of council meetings.


The principal is accountable for the overall management and development of the school within statewide guidelines and Government policies. A clear set of accountabilities, which distinguish their work from other members of the Teaching Service and the education community are set out in detail in the contract of employment.

The core accountabilities of all principals are to:

  • ensure the delivery of a comprehensive education program to all students
  • be executive officer of the school council.
  • establish and manage financial systems in accordance with the Department and school council requirements.
  • represent the Department in the school and the local community.
  • implement decisions of the school council.
  • contribute to system-wide activities, including policy and strategic planning and development.
  • manage and integrate the resources available to the school.
  • appropriately involve staff, students and the community in the development, implementation and review of school policies, programs and operations.
  • report to the Department, school community, parents and students on the achievements of the school and of individual students as appropriate.

Who May Apply

Appropriately qualified individuals currently registered or eligible for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

EEO AND OHS Commitment

Applicants seeking part-time employment are encouraged to apply for any teaching service position and, if they are the successful candidate, request a reduced time fraction. Such requests will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis and will be subject to the operational requirements of the school.

The Department of Education 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).

Additional support and advice on the recruitment process is available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders from the Koorie Outcomes Division (KOD) via marrung@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:


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


To be eligible for employment, transfer or promotion in the principal or teacher class a person must have provisional or full registration from the Victorian Institute of Teaching. In addition, from 3 August 2020, to be eligible for employment in the principal class or teacher class, a person who graduated from a Victorian Initial Teacher Education program after 1 July 2016, must demonstrate that they have passed the literacy and numeracy test for initial teacher education (LANTITE) requirements. This condition is satisfied where the LANTITE requirement is part of the Victorian Initial Teacher Education program completed by the person.

VAPA Requirement

To be eligible for appointment as a principal a person must either already be a Principal or have met the Victorian Aspiring Principal Assessment (VAPA) requirement as follows:

  • For principal positions advertised between 1 August 2021 and 31 December 2021 a person will be required to have registered to undertake the VAPA before being appointed to a principal position.
  • For principal positions advertised on or after from 1 January 2022 a person must have completed the VAPA and be provided with a statement of readiness before they can be appointed to a principal position.

Location Profile

Aspendale Primary School is located on a large, picturesque site in a well-established residential beachside suburb on Port Phillip Bay, 27 km southeast of Melbourne. Students are drawn from the local and wider Aspendale community, with public transport, parklands, and recreational facilities making this school a popular choice with families. Aspendale Primary School will be celebrating 100 years of service to the community in 2025.

The school has an SFOE of 0.2591. The staffing profile comprises an essential mix of experience, passion and gender balance, with an FTE of 41.2. Currently, this consists of three Principal Class, one Leading Teacher, two Learning Specialists, 30 teachers and 17 ES. We have 23 classes.

Our mission is to provide a high quality, supportive and engaging learning program that builds the academic, social and emotional capacity of every student at our primary school. We aim to develop lifelong learners who care for themselves, others and the community around them and actively contribute to a more sustainable and peaceful world. Our core values of Passion, Respect, Integrity, Commitment and Empathy underpin and guide how we teach, learn and interact at Aspendale Primary School. As a result of continued dedication, APS was endorsed for another five years as an accredited IB World School in 2022, delivering the IB Primary Years Program (PYP). This philosophy fortifies our approach to teaching and learning.

There is a strong academic focus on Mathematics and English, as well as developing creative, higher-order thinkers that embrace a world of design and digital technology. Our students also thrive under a full range of specialist programs, including Performing Arts, Visual Arts, STEM and Physical Education. Students' participation in the specialist Chinese Mandarin benefits from our strong partnership with our sister school, Xuri Jing Cheng School in China.

Aspendale Primary School has an extensive student leadership program that provides opportunities for students to undertake a variety of roles and be active members of our school community. The school has a Student Representative Council with representatives from each grade in Years 3-6.

The school also benefits from a very active and supportive parent community with assistance in classrooms, the canteen, school council, various committees, our vegetable garden, excursions and camps.

The school has continued to focus on improving learning and wellbeing by further developing staff understanding and implementation of the Big Ideas in Number, formative assessment, and a current focus on evidence-based instruction of reading. The school has worked extensively on its approach to positive behaviour for learning, ensuring there is a calm, orderly and respectful environment for all learners. The development of school wide approaches to inclusion, learning enhancement and intervention, create an inclusive environment for everyone.

Principal-Range 4

Job type:

Full time / From 07/10/2024 - 06/10/2029

Job classification:

Principal-Range 4


Amelia Mastorakos | (03) 9580 3255

Principal-Range 4