Department of Education
Independent Public School - Southwest Education Region
Cranbrook Primary School
Education Assistant - Special Needs
Level 2/3, $28.59 - $33.09 per hour (EA (Gov) GA 2021)

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Advertised Vacancy Number: IPS/SS681958 

This is a seven (7) month fixed term, part-time (0.19FTE) position commencing Term 2, 2021 with possible extension and/or permanency 

Are you seeking an opportunity to improve the learning outcomes of students with learning difficulties?

Cranbrook Primary School (PS) is seeking a hardworking and enthusiastic Education Assistant – Special Needs to join their school.

In order to best serve the business needs of the school, the successful applicant may be required to work partial days across the week.

As an Education Assistant – Special Needs you will be hard working and enjoy working together in a team to achieve the best outcomes for our children. You will be able to assist teachers in the delivery of planned education programs and assist with the care and well-being of students. To be successful in this role, you will be organised and diligent to effectively maintain equipment and resources for use in classes and ensure a safe, tidy learning environment is maintained.

The successful applicant should display a commitment to building positive relationships with students, parents, staff and the wider community.  The successful applicant will need to have a willingness to provide assistance to teachers of students with a variety of disabilities and/or learning needs.

Cranbrook PS is situated in the rural town of Cranbrook, in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. The school was opened in 1893 and officially became an Independent Public School in 2017. Cranbrook is located three hours’ drive south of Armadale, and one hour north of Albany. The major industry in the area is agriculture, including cropping, sheep, cattle and pigs. The school is a vibrant place, with a warm and caring school community. A major focus is placed on positive relationships, the development of positive values, and the wellbeing of all members.

The school currently caters for approximately 60 students from Kindergarten to Year 6. In addition to the main subject areas, the school has a specialist art program and operates the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program. Our students study Indonesian through the School of Isolated and Distance Education in Years 3 to 6. They also have access to a nature play area and participate in a range of sports and other activities with neighbouring schools. We also provide many opportunities for students to develop artistically, including visual art, with plans in place for music art and drama later in the year.

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 following work related requirements (selection criteria):

  • good written and oral communication skills, including the ability to interact with students with special needs, parents and teaching professionals on the provision of educational programs, and to assist teachers in understanding students where necessary.
  • good interpersonal skills, including the ability to work as part of a team in the evaluation of educational programs, including special education and therapy programs where these have been implemented.
  • good organisational skills that will assist in the delivery and development of effective education programs to students and subsequent feedback to teaching professionals or psychologists.
  • ability to assist teachers or therapists in implementing educational programs, including special education and, should this be a requirement of the position, occupational and/or physiotherapy programs.
  • knowledge of health and physical disabilities in students and adolescents.
  • ability to assist with general health and well-being of students.

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 Cranbrook Primary School can be found by visiting Schools Online

Additional information about Independent Public Schools is also available here.

For further job related information

You are encouraged to contact Patricia Parsons, Manager Corporate Services, for further information about this employment opportunity, including information about living and working in Cranbrook, by telephoning (08) 9826 0000 or

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 three to four (3-4) page statement addressing the Work Related Requirements (selection criteria), in context of the role and business needs of the school
  • A CV of up to three (3) pages 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. 


Employees will be required to:

  • obtain a current Department of Education Criminal Record Clearance prior to commencement of employment; and
  • obtain or hold a current Working with Children Check.
  • provide evidence of eligibility to work in Australia for the term of the vacancy

Education Assistants working with Kindergarten students may be required to have, or be actively working towards, a Certificate lll in Education Support (or approved equivalent) in order to meet the educator-to-student ratio outlined in the National Quality Standard for Early Childhood Education and Care. Approved equivalent qualifications are published by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority.   


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 Accountable 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, 18 May 2021



WORK TYPE:  Fixed Term - Part Time
FTE: 0.19
LOCATION: Cranbrook
CLOSING DATE: 2021-05-18 4:30 PM