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Student Support Officer

Government of Western Australia - Australia,

Education, Childcare & Training
Source: uWorkin

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Department of Education

Independent Public School - Southwest Education Region

Bunbury Senior High School

Student Support Officer


Level 3, $67,326 - $72,754 per annum (DOE (SSO) CA 2019)

Advertised Vacancy Number: IPS/SS670288

This is a twelve (12) month fixed term, full-time position commencing Term 1, 2021 with possible extension and/or permanency

Are you looking for an exciting change?

Bunbury Senior High School (SHS), 2019 Secondary School of the Year; is seeking to appoint a hardworking and motivated Student Support Officer to join our friendly and supportive team.

The Student Support Officer will assist in the day to day running of the student support programs, ensuring an effective and responsive service for students. This includes supporting students with social and emotional needs on a daily basis, assisting with development and running of small group social and emotional learning and wellbeing programs. The Student Support Officer will also assist the school Administration Team in crisis response strategies as required.

The successful applicant will assist in the development and introduction of systems, intervention strategies and alternative programs that provide a responsive and effective support service for students, family members and staff. You will develop supportive links between the student, family, school staff and other appropriate agencies in the community. You will actively participate in multi-disciplinary team meetings and case conferences as appropriate. You will have exceptional interpersonal skills, possess a flexible and reliable approach and can build strong professional relationships within a team environment. Knowledge and experience in working with indigenous families is highly desirable.

We want our staff, students, parents and the wider community to know what makes Bunbury SHS a distinctive school and where it is heading in the future. We are committed to developing partnerships that take learning beyond the classroom. We are focussed on projects, enterprises and research that are supported by our partnerships with industry and tertiary institutions.

Bunbury SHS was established in 1918 and is built on an impressive site on one of the city of Bunbury's highest points, Boulter's Heights. It is the fourth oldest government school in the state; thus is entrenched in history and has very loyal and strong support from a large and diverse group of former students, parents and staff.

Applicants assessed as suitable during this selection process may be considered for other similar vacancies that occur throughout our school for up to 12 months following this initial appointment. This includes circumstances where this position becomes subsequently vacant should the successful applicant decline or vacate the advertised position.

To be suitable for this role, you will need to demonstrate the following work related requirements (selection criteria):

  • good oral, written and interpersonal communication skills, with the ability to establish and maintain effective and collaborative working relationships.
  • effective planning and organisational skills, with the ability to manage competing prioritises within timelines.
  • good research, conceptual and analytical skills, including the ability to identify problems and provide solutions.
  • skills and experience in working with individual or small groups of students experiencing difficulties.
  • knowledge of the youth sector, particularly local organisations and services
Applications will be assessed against these work related (selection criteria) of the position. The business needs of the school may also be considered. It is therefore recommended that you consider all information contained in the advertisement and any other related information before applying for the vacancy.

The Department is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and persons from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply.

Further information about Bunbury Senior High School can be found by visiting or

Additional information about Independent Public Schools is also available

For further job related information:

You are encouraged to contact Tim Fry, Student Services Manager, for further information about this employment opportunity, including information about living and working in Bunbury, by telephoning (08) 9797 8900 or emailing

Application Instructions

All applications are submitted online. Select “Apply for Job”, at either the top or bottom of this screen and follow the instructions on your screen.

Your application should include:
  • A statement addressing the Work Related Requirements (selection criteria), in context of the role and business needs of the school
  • A CV outlining your employment history and professional learning summary relevant to this position
  • The contact details for two (2) work related referees (one being your current line manager)
It is recommended you have these documents completed and ready to attach before selecting “Apply for Job”.

You are asked to complete an online application form and attach your documentation, please allow enough time to complete this process as applications cannot be accepted after the closing date and time.

After you have submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming lodgement. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please telephone (08) 9264 4127.

If you are having difficulty submitting your online application, please telephone (08) 9264 8666 for assistance.

Eligibility and training requirements

Employees will be required to:
  • obtain a current Department of Education Criminal Record Clearance prior to commencement of employment
  • obtain or hold a current Working with Children Check
  • complete the Department’s induction program within three months of commencement
  • complete any training specific to this role required by Departmental policy
  • complete the Department’s training in Accountable and Ethical Decision-Making within six months of appointment.
  • provide evidence of eligibility to work in Australia for the term of the vacancy
The Department applies a four (4) day breach period to this selection process.

Applications must be submitted before 4.30pm (WST) on Tuesday, 2 March 2021.



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