Department of Education
Independent Public School - Southwest Education Region
Bunbury Senior High School
Level 6, $160,188 - $171,192 per annum (SEA GA 2017)


Advertised Vacancy Number: PR607822

Please be advised that as of 27 November 2019, the closing date for this advertisement has been extended and the commencement date for the position has been amended.

This is a permanent full-time position commencing Term 2, 2020

Bunbury Senior High School (SHS) is seeking a vibrant and team oriented educational leader to join their friendly team. For this pro-active role, it is expected you will be highly motivated, energetic and possess the qualities needed to bring people together, inspire confidence, identify opportunities and establish new initiatives.  As the Principal of Bunbury SHS you will be in a high profile position in the community and experience with media and community organisations will be valuable.

In this challenging and rewarding role you will lead the school community in promoting a vision for the future, underpinned by common purposes and values. The ideal candidate will possess a high level understanding of current curriculum requirements, as well as effective communication and interpersonal skills to build positive relationships with all stakeholders.

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. Bunbury SHS is an Independent Public School and this flexibility in the way business is done enables full support of the range of special programs that are on offer in the school. These include the Bunbury Elite Sports Training (BEST) Program and the Visual Art Specialist Program (VASP).  The school has a Department of Education Gifted and Talented Education program (GATE).

The Principal supports the Department’s objectives for the public education and training of students in Western Australia. The role of the Principal is to lead and manage the planning, delivery, evaluation and improvement of the education of all students in a community through the deployment of resources provided by the Department of Education and the school community.                                    

This selection process will initially be used to fill the above vacancy. 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 three leadership requirements and five professional practices particular to the role of a principal identified by the Australian Professional Standard for Principals:

  1. Effective leadership in teaching and learning
  2. Developing self and others
  3. Leading improvement, innovation and change
  4. Leading the management of the school
  5. Engaging and working with the community

Applications will be assessed against the work related requirements identified in the Job Description Form (JDF) for the position. The business needs and context 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 this position can be found in the attached JDF.

For additional information about Bunbury Senior High School please visit  or Schools Online

Additional information about Independent Public Schools is also available here

For Further Job Related Information

Please contact Andrew Grono, Coordinator Regional Services by phoning (08) 9791 0300 or emailing

(Please do not email applications to this email address)

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, in context of the role and business needs of the branch
  • 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 8317.

Further information on how to apply is available via the attachments below.

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

All appointees to Principal positions longer than 6 months in duration who have not completed 6 months or more in a WA public school principal role prior to January 2015 will be required to satisfactorily complete all Principal Eligibility Modules.  The Principal Eligibility Modules which are completed online must be completed within 6 months of commencement in a principal role.


Employees will be required to:

  • provide evidence of eligibility to work in Australia for the term of the vacancy;
  • hold a recognised qualification in teaching and be currently registered or eligible for registration to teach in Western Australia;
  • obtain a current Department of Education Criminal Record Clearance prior to commencement of employment; and
  • obtain or hold a current Working with Children Check.


Employees will be required to:

  • complete the Department’s induction program within three months of commencement;
  • complete any training specific to this role required by Departmental policy; and
  • complete the Department’s training in Accountability and Ethical Decision-Making within six months of appointment.

The Department applies a four (4) day breach period to this selection process.

Applications must be submitted before 4.30pm (WST) on Tuesday, 28 January 2020



WORK TYPE:  Permanent - Full Time
FTE: 1.0
CLOSING DATE: 2020-01-28 4:30 PM