Speech Pathologist (Ed Support Level 1-Range 3)

Job posted: 14/05/2024
Applications close: 27/05/2024 (Midnight)
4 days remaining

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Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Southern Metropolitan

Job type: Full time / From 15/07/2024 - 18/12/2026

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Health and Allied Health

Reference: 1415538

Reference: 1415538

Occupation: Health and Allied Health

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.

SC1: 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 social skills, Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) systems, dysphagia, and literacy.

SC2: An understanding and commitment to using a range of AAC encompassing both electronic and non-electronic systems to support participation and engagement across the school environment.

SC3. Demonstrated exemplary communication and interpersonal skills when working with students, families, colleagues, and other professionals.

SC4. Demonstrated capacity to work effectively in collaboration with therapy and teaching teams to devise programs that establish and extend a students functional communication and social skills in a range of contexts.

SC5. Highly developed organisational skills with a demonstrated ability to work independently, utilise effective time management strategies, establish priorities and meet deadlines.


Speech Pathologists at Nepean School work within a transdisciplinary teaming model, supporting the education of students with physical disabilities and complex health needs. The speech pathologist will be directly responsible to the Principal for the provision of speech pathology services within the transdisciplinary model, will comply with the professional standards developed by Nepean School and the purpose and values articulated in the school's Strategic Plan.


  •         to work with the Senior Speech Pathologist to maintain the high standard of therapy services
  •          to work cooperatively within transdisciplinary teams developing Individual Learning Plans and reports for students
  •         to work with transdisciplinary team to develop, implement and evaluate class-based programs that incorporate therapeutic interventions and support student learning
  •          to attend and contribute to Student Support Group meetings
  •          to contribute to the development and implementation of the schools Strategic Plan
  •          to prioritise and cater for students¿ communication needs, including assessment, design, production and programming of AAC devices/systems
  •          to participate in the mealtime assistance program, including provision of assessment, make recommendations, create Mealtime Assistance Profiles and prescribe equipment
  •          to provide comprehensive speech therapy assessments as identified by transdisciplinary team, e.g. swallowing, expressive and receptive language, AAC etc
  •          to act as a resource for Nepean students integrated into mainstream schools
  •          to attend relevant clinics and appointments with students and their families
  •          to liaise with and provide support to community agencies and other professionals in relation to students communication needs
  •          to participate in a range of ongoing professional development to further professional knowledge, skills and practice
  •          provide relevant professional development for school staff as part of the speech pathology team
  •          to participate in annual Performance & Development program to attend a variety of meetings e.g. staff, departmental, team

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:


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 speech pathology 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 (no school holiday work).

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.

At Nepean 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, class assistants, psychologists, nurses, families, and of course, the students themselves. We are connected by a strong belief that our purpose is to make a significant difference within and beyond our community.

About the role:

We pride ourselves on our ongoing commitment to learning and teamwork.

  • all therapy is delivered within a group-based model alongside teachers
  • work with students and their teams to assess communication needs and create functional goals
  • provide therapy to students in real, authentic situations such as in the yard, at mealtimes and in the classroom
  • support students with learning an alternative or augmentative communication system, and advocate for their communication rights
  • use your knowledge of dysphagia to assist students at mealtimes to be as independent as possible
  • 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 

Many of the above skills are learnt in real time. To support your clinical practice, we provide regular individualised clinical supervision and structured, weekly Peer to Peer learning sessions.

About you:

  • are passionate about communication and communication rights for all
  • you believe that communication happens all the time, not just when the speech pathologist is in the room!
  • are a qualified Speech Pathologist
  • have an employee WWCC


  • knowing that you make a difference to someone's life, every day
  • being surrounded and supported by a like-minded team
  • regular and relevant professional learning, both on-site and externally 
  • scheduled mentoring and clinical support with the Senior Speech Pathologist
  • 11 weeks of paid school holidays
Speech Pathologist (Ed Support Level 1-Range 3)

Job type:

Full time / From 15/07/2024 - 18/12/2026

Job classification:

Ed Support Level 1-Range 3


Amber Killian | 97869111

Speech Pathologist (Ed Support Level 1-Range 3)