Student Counsellor/Wellbeing 0.4

Job posted: 23/11/2022
Applications close: 06/12/2022 (Midnight)
3 days remaining

3 days remaining

Job Description

Location: South West Region | Camperdown

Job type: Part time / From 27/01/2023 - 23/06/2023

Organisation: Education and Training

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Education and Training

Reference: 1317782

Reference: 1317782

Occupation: Education and Training

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: South West Region | Camperdown

Selection Criteria

SC1    Demonstrated experience in addressing a range of student wellbeing needs, both through individual counselling and facilitation of small group therapeutic programs.

SC2    Demonstrated experience in working in effective teams and demonstrated experience in developing new initiatives.

SC3    Demonstrated experience in keeping confidential, professional records and case notes.

SC4    Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills, including the demonstrated ability to network with a wide range of people and support the work of others involved in the engagement and wellbeing of children and young people.

SC5    Demonstrated ongoing commitment to developing professional understanding and expertise in the area of student wellbeing.


Range 3 is distinguished by the introduction of management responsibility and accountability for the delivery of professional support services. The role will usually impact beyond the work area or professional field. It seeks to gain cooperation of other staff members or members of the school community to achieve specific objectives, such as in school administration, operations or educational programs.

Direction on targets and goals is provided but the position will have some degree of latitude in determining how they are achieved. This latitude will generally be limited by standard procedures and school policy.  Deviation from standard procedures and school policy will require guidance and direction from senior management.

The provision of business management responsibilities becomes a feature at range 3.  Management of staff to achieve the expected outcomes is a key responsibility.  Staff management issues will be resolved with minimal reference to senior management, although guidance will be required in more complex cases.  Senior management will be provided with timely reports and advice, although this will generally be confined to matters relating to the immediate work area, service provision or educational program and is unlikely to impact substantially on whole of school operations.

This is the minimum range for positions that carry a mandatory qualification requirement of not less than four years.  Professional student support positions become a feature at range 3 (e.g. therapists, psychologists) where standard professional services are delivered.  Professional support and guidance will be close at hand and deviation from standard procedures and school policy will require guidance and direction from senior management.

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.


-    Provide 1:1 and group counselling and debriefing to students as appropriate

-    Liase with Principal with regard to engagement of student wellbeing for specific students

-    Liase and provide referral to external support agencies and specialists as required

-    Support and co-lead responses to critical incidents and debriefing

-    Maintain appropriate case files

-    Provide written and oral reports as necessary, including presenting information to staff

-    Assist in the development of positive home and school liason

-    Carry out other duties as required by the Principal

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

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


Cobden Primary School is located in a rural township of 1800 people.  Cobden is situated in South West Victoria amid Australia’s fastest growing dry dairy farming region.  The township is ideally situated only twenty-five minutes from the Great Ocean Road, Port Campbell National Park and the world famous Twelve Apostles.

Cobden is approximately two and a half hours west of Melbourne and forty minutes east of Warrnambool.  The town provides a small shopping centre with a range of shops.  Cobden offers a wide range of sporting and recreational facilities which, include, a golf course, miniature trains, tennis courts, football, netball, cricket and bowling clubs, a newly designed skating ramp and lakes providing a range of water sports.

Secondary education is provided by the Cobden Technical School. Nearby Camperdown and Mercy Colleges provide alternative choices.  Tertiary education is available at Warrnambool Deakin University, South West TAFE and Melbourne University, Glenormiston Campus.

Health services in Cobden include: General Practice Medical Clinics, Allied Health Services, Accident Emergency Facilities, Aged Care Facilities and Health, Maternal and Child Care Centres.

Fonterra Foods Limited and related dairy services provide ample employment opportunities.  Tourism and the introduction of natural gas in the surrounding area facilitates additional employment.

Cobden Primary School has a current enrolment of 161 pupils.  Programs and Restorative Practices reflect the school’s commitment to student welfare.  The school’s values of Care, Respect and Excellence provide an environment where all children are encouraged to become responsible, co-operative members of the community.

The school currently has two departments under the leadership of co-ordinators. The department teams plan and evaluate programs, which enhance student learning.

The school has a commitment to consultation with all members of the school community and to democratic decision-making.  There are close links with the local kindergarten and secondary schools.  Parents play a supportive and active role within the school. 

Cobden Primary has acquired the local RSL Hall, which is adjacent to the school.  This is used as a multi-purpose facility for PMP, and other school and community activities.

Please contact Acting Principal Jarod Bacon on 5595 1087.

Student Counsellor/Wellbeing 0.4

Job type:

Part time / From 27/01/2023 - 23/06/2023

Job classification:

Not provided


Jarod Bacon | 03 5595-1087

Student Counsellor/Wellbeing 0.4