Speech Pathologist

Job posted: 17/06/2022
Applications close: 10/07/2022 (Midnight)
9 days remaining

9 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Southern Metropolitan

Job type: Full time / From 01/08/2022 - 20/12/2022

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Health and Allied Health

Reference: 1282723

Reference: 1282723

Occupation: Health and Allied Health

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Southern Metropolitan

Selection Criteria

It is imperative applicants address each of the four selection criteria listed below, preferably in a separate document titled “Key Selection Criteria”.  Applicants are also asked to submit a covering letter and resume via Recruitment Online.  If for any reason Recruitment Online is unavailable, applicants are able to submit their application via email southern.autistic.sch@education.vic.gov.au by no later than 4pm on the closing date. 

If you would like further information, please contact the school on 03 9563 8139

Seth Willingham, Acting Principal 

SC1 Ability to deliver a comprehensive speech pathology service to students and families in an educational environment, including speech and language assessments, reports that support the Program for Students with Disabilities, school enrolment criteria eligibility and the Disability Inclusion Profile.

SC2 Experience working with children and adolescents with complex communication needs including Autism Spectrum Disorder

SC3 Capacity to work as part of a collaborative interdisciplinary professional team and contribute significantly to the achievements of the team.

SC4 Excellent communication, time management, networking, and interpersonal skills


This is a fulltime position.

 The role of Speech Pathologist may include but is not limited to:

- using your professional expertise you will bring to the multi-disciplinary team the ability to design and support individual programs to assist with student with communication needs using evidenced based strategies and modes of augmentative communication

- assess the individual needs of students and develop intervention strategies and supports.

- liaise with and advise teachers regarding supports and intervention needs for their student.

- engaging in professional development training to ensure practices are evidence-based.

- complete Programs for students with Disabilities (PSD) assessment and formulate detailed reports accordingly.




The Speech Pathologist will assist in the delivery of individualised intervention for students aged 3-18 years within the classroom setting and involves:

  • Working within a supportive team of allied health professionals with opportunities for peer mentoring and supervision
  • Gaining ASD-specific professional development opportunities
  • Working across a board area of key competencies including but not limited to Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), language, phonological awareness, feeding and self-regulation
  • Working collaboratively with a range of on-site healthcare professionals including occupational therapists, psychologist, social worker, and teachers experienced in working with children with autism
  • Supporting a workforce of teachers with specific training in ASD-specific evidence-based interventions such as PECS, Hanen “More Than Words” program, and Video Self Modelling
  • Becoming part of a supportive network of speech pathologists working within special schools
  • Building relationships with students over time for better outcomes
  • Involvement in the planning and delivery of professional development programs for teachers and education support staff

Who May Apply

Applicants must possess a minimum bachelor's degree qualification in speech pathology or equivalent. The successful applicant appointment will be conditional to that person holding a valid Working With Children check and possession of or eligibility for Speech Pathology Australia membership.

A member of the SAS Speech Pathology Team welcomes the opportunity to meet with applicants to discuss the role and provide a tour of facilities

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

Vaccination Requirement

A person is not eligible for employment in the Teaching Service unless that person meets the vaccination requirements on commencement in the position.

Location Profile

Southern Autistic School (SAS) is a specialist school dedicated to the education of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and with significant deficits in language. SAS provides evidence based educational programs to meet the learning needs of children with a diagnosis of ASD. A focus of the current Strategic Plan is making the school a centre of excellence and expertise in the delivery of education for students with autism.

The school is located in the South Eastern Region in East Bentleigh with approximately 280 students aged from 3 to 18 years. Classes have six to ten students with all children having an individual learning plan.  Individual Learning Plans are based on the Victorian Curriculum with a focus on developing communication, social interaction and independence skills.

The class teacher is supported by a teaching assistant. Speech pathologists support the development of individual communication programs and occupational therapists add to the comprehensive educational team. A clinical psychologist and an experienced social worker work with families and students to further enhance student wellbeing.

At SAS we implement the Victorian Curriculum and enhance our teaching and learning programs through the use of evidence based approaches and strategies. This includes the implementation of STAR and LINKS, use of Hanen Strategies, explicit teaching and PECs. Our Secondary Programs provide great vocational education opportunities in addition to the recreation and community access. Our Early Education Program utilises Hanen Strategies, and implements aspects and strategies from the Early Start Denver Model.

There are four sub schools on the same campus each led by a highly experienced school leader. Learning Specialists additionally support the development of teaching and learning programs. Our specialist programs vary across the sub schools however include ART, Media ARTS, Physical Education, Music and Cooking. The Primary aged students also attend a Swimming Program with a magnesium pool on site.

School Wide Positive Behaviour Support principles and approaches are key to supporting student engagement and data. The school is committed to the development of the whole child and works in partnership with parents. We have a supportive parent community who regularly communicate with staff.

Vision Statement:

The SAS vision for students is to develop lifelong learners who have a sense of belonging and are encouraged to implement their skills and knowledge to make choices and accept responsibility for their decisions. Our SWPBS values are: ‘I am Safe, I am a Learner and I Belong’

Speech Pathologist

Job type:

Full time / From 01/08/2022 - 20/12/2022

Job classification:

Not provided


Seth Willingham | 9653 8139

Speech Pathologist