Wheatbelt Education Region
Avonvale Primary School
Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer
Level 3, $31.50 - $33.09 per hour (EA (Gov) GA 2021)

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Advertised Vacancy Number: SS/SS701531

This is a twelve (12) month fixed term, part-time (0.3FTE) position commencing Term 1, 2022 

Are you passionate about working collaboratively to establish a quality public school with a focus on the development of the ‘whole child’?

Avonvale Primary School (PS) is seeking to appoint a dedicated Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer to join their friendly team.

The successful applicant will be passionate about working with our children to achieve academic excellence. You will possess good interpersonal and communication skills to develop positive, nurturing, productive relationships with students, parents and colleagues. Ideally, be willing to provide support in the classroom, school and the community to ensure the learning environment is inclusive and relevant. You will be able to assist the school in developing a greater awareness of cultural diversity and varying customs within the classroom and school environment through collaborative planning utilising your cultural expertise. This position is within our KindiLink program. KindiLink is a play-and-learn initiative for Aboriginal children who are not old enough to enrol in school. Early childhood teachers and Aboriginal and Islander education officers base learning activities on the Early Years Learning Framework to develop the social, emotional, language and cognitive abilities of Aboriginal children working alongside parents

The successful applicant will take a proactive role in the educational progress and social development of students. Your relationship with the community should contribute to the formulation of school policies and plans reflective of the Aboriginal Cultural Standards Framework.

As the successful applicant you will provide a high level of mentoring and pastoral care to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, particularly those students at risk, enabling students to have an increased participation rate, resulting in an ability to better utilise the education program. You will be a collaborative “team player” with a positive, can – do attitude.

Avonvale PS is situated in Northam, approximately 97kms east of Perth within the Avon Valley sub-region of the Western Australian Wheatbelt. Avonvale PS recognises the need to develop the whole child and the programs are tailored to meet these individual requirements. Students are able to explore and develop their understanding and learning across a diverse range of areas. These are designed to encourage success for all students ensuring literacy and numeracy standards are met. Healthy sporting pursuits and participation in school based and interschool sports is encouraged and includes swimming, athletics, cross country, netball, football and basketball.

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 effectively interact with students, teachers, parents, community members and professional staff on the provision and development of educational programs.
  • Good interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact on a range of levels in a variety of settings and with different audiences, including community members, teaching and other professionals.
  • Ability to contribute to a school-level team and to provide multi-cultural direction in the development of the educational program, development of language resources, and evaluation of education and behaviour management programs.
  • Ability to effectively assist teachers in implementing educational and behaviour management programs.
  • Good organisational skills that will assist in the delivery of effective education programs to students.
  • Ability to assist with the general health and well-being of students.

Applications will be assessed against these work related requirements (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 Avonvale Primary School can be found by visiting or Schools Online.

For further job related information:

You are encouraged to contact Adam Marchant, Principal, for further information about this employment opportunity, including information about living and working in Northam, by telephoning (08) 9621 5200 or emailing Michelle.withnell@education.wa.edu.au

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 two (2) 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 two (2) 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.


Pursuant of Section 50(d) of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984, the occupant of this position must be of Aboriginal descent.

Employees will be required to:

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

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 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 Friday, 3 December 2021



WORK TYPE:  Fixed Term - Part Time
FTE: 0.3
CLOSING DATE: 2021-12-03 4:30 PM