Student Counsellor (ES 1-2)

Job posted: 12/05/2022
Applications close: 25/05/2022 (Midnight)
6 days remaining

6 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Cranbourne

Job type: Full time / From 27/01/2023

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Education and Training

Reference: 1278591

Reference: 1278591

Occupation: Education and Training

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Cranbourne

Selection Criteria

SC1    Demonstrated experience and skills in coordinating a specific education support function.

SC2    Demonstrated capacity to supervise the work of other support staff and to develop procedures and guidelines relating to the work area.

SC3    Demonstrated high level oral and written communication skills.

SC4    Possess the technical knowledge and expertise relevant to the position.

SC5    Demonstrated capacity to provide advice and support to management in respect to the work area.

SC6    Demonstrated commitment to professional learning and growth for both self and others.

SC6    Demonstrated commitment to, and experience in inclusive education and a capacity to work with the school community to develop a school culture which celebrates diversity and inclusivity. 


Performs and/or supervises tasks that are carried out in accordance with guidelines, accepted practice and school policy.  This may include the supervision and coordination of other education support class staff within the work area or educational program.  Supervision and coordination would be limited to ensuring routine tasks are performed to required standards.  Input into identifying training needs and development of education support class staff within the work area or educational program becomes an important feature at range 2.

Specialised support to achieve specific outcomes is a feature of range 2.  Typically this will involve accountability for a single function, (e.g. ensuring data is properly maintained) or the operation of a work area (e.g. managing the day to day operation of a school office) under the direction of the principal or another senior manager.

Provides support to teachers and students that is beyond the routine support provided at education support class Level 1, range 1.  Within an educational program assists teachers with the coordination of the support function, such as directing/organising the work of other support staff or providing a specialist support role. 

Undertakes medical intervention support tasks or other specialised student/teacher support roles that require specific training that must be updated from time to time.  The role is for a specific purpose for which there will be direct accountability as opposed to support roles that are carried out by a range of staff performing routine tasks under direction.

Performs technical tasks that require a sound knowledge of basic technical and/or scientific principles that are used to develop and adapt work methods and make judgements where there are clear guidelines and limited options.  Routine technical support in libraries, science and information technology laboratories would be typical examples.

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.


The Student Counsellor at Cranbourne West Secondary College will contribute to the overall wellbeing and welfare of students at the school under the direction of the Wellbeing Leader.

The Student Counsellor will:

  • Work collaboratively with a Year Level Team, the Executive Team and the Mental Health Practitioner to provide counselling, support and therapeutic services to students at the school under the direction of the Wellbeing leader.
  • Provide counselling and a range of therapeutic interventions
  • Be a visible and welcome presence in classrooms and the yard
  • Assist with Coordinating and supporting new students to transition smoothly into the College
  • Attend and contribute to relevant staff meetings, Year Level Meetings, Allied Health team meetings, Student Support Groups and Engagement and Wellbeing meetings
  • Work closely with families to create plans, ensure supports are in place, follow up and reassess as needed
  • Provide wellbeing support for the Disability and Inclusion Program, assisting with the development of IEP’s where appropriate
  • Promote student wellbeing to the school community, such as via newsletters, bulletins, noticeboards, etc
  • Work cooperatively with community service agencies and refer students/families where necessary
  • Liaise closely with all relevant members of staff, including liaising with Sub school Assistant Principals and Year Level Leaders.
  • Maintain accurate and confidential records
  • Conduct risk assessments and create safety plans in consultation with student, family and school based teams
  • Be proactive in the development and delivery of positive mental health promotion and initiatives within the school
  • Case management including consultation with a range of stakeholders involved with a student and/or their family
  • Developing and leading evidence-based programs that assist students to be resourceful and resilient at school and beyond, such as Bullying Prevention
  • Other duties as directed by the Executive Team

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

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

Cranbourne West Secondary College abuts rapidly growing residential areas in the suburb of Cranbourne. The school will work in partnership with the community to provide authentic learning opportunities and best academic and personal outcomes for all students. Cranbourne West Secondary College is the latest addition of a new secondary school in the rapidly growing suburb of Cranbourne opening as of January 2021 with 198 Year 7 enrolments. Currently the College has 462 students across Year 7 and 8 and is anticipated to grow beyond 700 students in 2023. Neighbouring schools are relatively large and Cranbourne West Secondary College is expected to grow quickly to meet residents’ demand for excellence in education, consistent with the vision for the Education State. Cranbourne West Secondary College will provide students with state of the art facilities in STEM and the Visual Arts in its initial stages, with Stage II to provide outstanding Physical Education and Performing Arts spaces to cater for the learning needs of all students.  It is proposed the new school will establish a set of guiding principles to inform and guide future community use of both school and community facilities.


Commitment to Excellence and Inclusion

Cranbourne West Secondary College delivers the highest quality of education for all learners. As a Supported Inclusion School, Cranbourne West Secondary College sets strong culture of inclusion at a whole-of-school level. The innovative and evidence-based schools design is flexible and allows schools to have students with special needs in the classroom with their peers, utilise smaller spaces and/or run stand-alone classes depending on the cohort of students.


Cranbourne West Secondary College staff deliver excellence by responding to the diverse needs of their students. We will provide staff access to a suite of Department educational resources and programs that support exemplary inclusive practice. Our College will demonstrate a strong commitment to outstanding post school outcomes for all students, be that University or other further study, apprenticeships, traineeships or full-time work.


School Vision and Values

Cranbourne West Secondary College fosters a love of learning. We respect inclusion, diversity and indigenous heritage. We aspire for continuous improvement in all our students as they grow into adulthood. We live by our motto, diversis viribus - “strength through diversity”, and look forward to our students emerging as resilient, productive and cooperative members of the community.


Cranbourne West Secondary College’s motto is Diversis Viribus - ‘Strength through Diversity’; our values are intrinsically linked to this motto as we ASPIRE every day:

  • Acceptance - to accept someone is to acknowledge them, to recognize how they are different, and to say that it is okay. Acceptance is good!
  • Sincerity - the quality of being open and truthful
  • Perseverance - is not giving up. It is persistence and tenacity, the effort required to do something and keep doing it till the end, even if it's hard.
  • Inclusion - a group that's particularly welcoming to all kinds of people. To include someone is to intentionally pursue ways to make them feel welcomed, heard, and valued.
  • Respect - respecting myself, others and the school environment.
  • Excellence - the quality of excelling; possessing good qualities in high degree and continually striving to improve.
Student Counsellor (ES 1-2)

Job type:

Full time / From 27/01/2023

Job classification:

Not provided


Rob Duncan | 03 9770 7200

Student Counsellor (ES 1-2)