Wellbeing Counsellor - Ed Support Level 1-Range 3

Job posted: 24/06/2022
Applications close: 07/07/2022 (Midnight)
7 days remaining

7 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Southern Metropolitan

Job type: Full time / From 18/07/2022 - 09/07/2023

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Education and Training

Reference: 1285210

Reference: 1285210

Occupation: Education and Training

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Southern Metropolitan

Selection Criteria

KSC1 University level qualifications and/or experience in Student Support Services, youth work, or a relevant welfare field.

KSC2 Understanding of and the demonstrated ability to implement common approaches, policies, programs and research relating to student wellbeing, including the use of restorative practice to resolve conflict and restore relationships.

KSC3 Demonstrated ability in the delivery of student and family wellbeing services and programs in a real setting and preferably experience working within schools in the area of student wellbeing.

KSC4 Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively and network with the wide range of people within the education and the wider community.

KSC5 Experience in the development and delivery of proactive programs to develop optimism, resilience, organisational skills, leadership, health and wellbeing and interpersonal skills in adolescents.

KSC6 Personal qualities of integrity and loyalty and a demonstrated ability to work in a demanding environment that requires adaptability.

KSC7 Demonstrated ability to work within a diverse multi-cultural community preferred.

KSC8 Experience in Education Support Services desirable.


Demonstrate ability to undertake individual support and counselling for students and families.

Demonstrated capacity to work effectively, under minimal direction within the school as a member of the Wellbeing Team.  This requiring the ability to identify students’ needs and to implement appropriate strategies

Collaborate with school staff, the Wellbeing Team and support agencies to develop and initiate a range of programs that foster resilience, enhance social, emotional and educational skills, and build strong, positive working relationships.

Provide high quality advice and support to the school community, in the development and implementation of programs, procedures and policies on the wellbeing of students. .

Establish and maintain links with School networks, School Nurse and relevant support agencies with a view to optimising and coordinating service provision to students at risk.

Support the implementation of the Dandenong High School Student Engagement and Wellbeing Policy.

Possess high level oral and written communication skills and the qualifications and technical knowledge and expertise relevant to the position.


As a member of the Wellbeing Team provide high quality counselling services and work to develop, initiate and implement a range of programs and strategies that respond to the needs of students and their families.

Work within the whole school community to support students and their families and increase their connectedness to the School.

Contribute to the development of a whole school approach to student engagement and wellbeing and a positive and secure school environment.

Whole school responsibility as Wellbeing liaison for Indigenous students.

As a member of the Wellbeing Team work collaboratively to provide co-ordinated and effective student case co-ordination.

Work collaboratively within the Wellbeing Team to provide co-ordinated and effective student case co-ordination.

Support staff and teaching teams

Assist the Leadership Team with and management of critical incidents and emergency situations.

In consultation with the relevant member of the Leadership Team, report cases of risk to relevant authorities and follow DET requirements.

Conduct school based meetings with students and parents.

Assist families to access appropriate relief agencies. eg. State School Relief, Smith Family.

Provide feedback and advice to staff on the wellbeing of students referred within the relevant privacy laws.

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

Preferably all applicants should submit a cover letter CV and Key Selection Criteria response as one attached document on Recruitment On-Line

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

Established in 1919 Dandenong High School is one of the oldest, largest and most culturally diverse secondary schools in the state. It is situated in the South-East Region in Dandenong, a low socio-economic community (SFO density 0.72) with a high refugee population. The school has over 1600 students and is highly multicultural with 62 nationalities and 80 different language groups represented.

Dandenong High School is renowned, both nationally and internationally, for its state-of-the-art facilities that provide extensive and highly dynamic learning opportunities for all within the school community. These spaces, designed to empower students through discovery, inquiry and collaboration, include the 7 Houses, which are purposeful designed learning spaces in which students undertake their core learning. Our facilities also include specialist spaces such as the Melaleuca Performing Arts and Sporting complex and the Senior Science Wing which incorporates purposefully designed Chemistry, Physics and Biology labs that provide opportunities for students to collaborate and investigate real world scientific questions. Our Senior Visual Arts and Media space provide students the opportunity to experience real-world industry-standard learning, thereby preparing them for careers beyond school. In 2022, additional facilities will be opened which include two industry standard Food Technology Kitchens, a large dining Cafeteria, outdoor eating terrace and the Design Centre, where students will embark on innovative and future-focused STEM learning.

The structure of the school is designed to foster students' connectedness and engagement. We have seven identically designed Houses; each containing purposefully designed learning spaces. Each House is vertically structured with students at each year level from Year 7 through to Year 12. Each House has 25 staff from all Domains and teaching areas and is led by a House Leadership Team of 4 and an Administration Officer. A consistent pedagogical approach to teaching, learning and assessment is achieved through the Design for Learning that ensures every individual student is able to achieve at least one year’s growth in 12 months.

In Years 7-9, our collaborative model is designed to allow groups of students to learn with a team of teachers for the core subject areas. Each Teaching Team plan, teach and assess collaboratively. There is a focus on project-based learning and students are encouraged to be independent learners, self-motivated and curious about the world around them. Students in Years 7 – 8 also undertake a range of Arts and Design subjects over the two years in specialised learning areas outside the House. In Year 9, students can select from an extensive elective program in addition to their core learning.

Dandenong High School offers a broad range of opportunities to senior students, including VCE, Vocational Education and Training and the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning. Our Senior Studies program provides all students with a tailored individualised pathway, allowing for informed student choice. The personalisation of learning across the school is intended to ensure every individual student is provided with the most appropriate pathway so as to ensure all achieve success.

Dandenong High School has a highly rigorous and academically stimulating Accelerated and Enhanced Learning Program, providing students with an enriched and extended personalised program designed to ensure all individuals reach their full potential. Our STEM program includes a core subject in Year 7 and 8, a year-long elective in Year 9, Year 10 STEM Innovators, Robotics and IT, and a variety of pathway options in the senior years including Computing Science, IT, Systems Engineering and Software Development, proving extensive pathways opportunities into university and highly-sought after careers. In 2022 we are launching of Design Engineering Academy for selected students.

Student leadership, voice and agency is highly-valued and students have the opportunity to hold a range of formal leadership positions including School and House Captains and undertake membership on both the School Council and the Student Representative Council. Our Student Leaders have responsibility for shaping the strategic direction of the school.

Wellbeing Counsellor - Ed Support Level 1-Range 3

Job type:

Full time / From 18/07/2022 - 09/07/2023

Job classification:

Not provided


Mr Mark Dewar - Associate Principal | 9792 0561

Wellbeing Counsellor - Ed Support Level 1-Range 3