Independent Public School - South Metropolitan Education Region
South East Metropolitan Language Development Centre
Speech and Language Officer
Pool Ref IPS/SS721001
Level 1 (Specified Calling), $70,165 - $94,345 (PSCA 2021)

Advertised Vacancy Number IPS/SS721001

Appointment Pool

Do you possess excellent communication skills and are ready to take on new challenges?

South East Metropolitan Language Development Centre (SEMLDC) is looking to establish a pool of dedicated Speech and Language Officers for appointments to permanent and fixed term, full-time and part-time vacancies which may arise during the 2022 school year. Appointments can be made from the pool at any time for commencements within the 2022 school year.

Suitable applicants will provide specialised speech and language services to support students with speech, language and literacy impairments. You will ideally have excellent interpersonal and communication skills to effectively prepare and maintain student speech and language/literacy records and reports and communicate student progress to teachers, family and other stake holders.

As a Speech and Language Officer, you will be required to work well in a team environment and be able to collaborate well with schools, internal and external service providers regarding language/literacy programs and service provision. In this role you will also be expected to participate in professional learning activities and liaise with organisations and research institutions to maintain and develop professional, up to date skills.

SEMLDC is an early childhood, special education setting requiring the staff to have extensive experience, expertise and knowledge in the area of Developmental Language Disorder and its impact on student learning and social emotional wellbeing. Suitable applicants will ideally have knowledge and experience in administering and analysing specific school based and standardised oral language assessments and making the appropriate learning adjustments to developing individual education plans. Staff, develop and provide professional learning to mainstream teachers in the area of Developmental Language Disorder, work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team and report to interagency and outside professionals. Staff use a range of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) across the curriculum to meet the learning needs of students with speech and language difficulties, along with strong behaviour management skills and the ability to develop and implement individual behaviour plans for students with extreme self-regulation difficulties.

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

  • Ability to provide specialised speech and language services and support to students with speech and language impairments and knowledge of the latest trends and research in speech and language development
  • Ability to monitor and evaluate language impaired students’ progress both individually and in the context of language/literacy programs
  • Ability to plan, implement, monitor and review speech and language programs
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills which demonstrate an ability to function in a self-directed way, and as a member of an inter-disciplinary team in an educational and/or community setting
  • Well-developed oral and written communication skills, including the ability to prepare reports

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 South East Metropolitan Language Development Centre can be found by visiting or Schools Online

Additional information about Independent Public Schools is also available here.

For further job related information:

Please contact Veronica O’Neil, Principal, by telephoning (08) 9473 9600 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 three (3) 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 four (4) pages outlining your employment history and professional learning summary relevant to this position
  • The contact details for two (2) work related referees who can attest to the claims made in your written application, preferably 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:

  • Hold a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) qualification and eligibility for membership of Speech Pathology Australia;
  • 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; and
  • 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.


Applicants are advised of the recently announced mandatory vaccination policy for various occupations and workforces in WA.  Employees working in, or attending school sites are required to be vaccinated in accordance with the policy.  More information can be found at Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for WA workforces.

Applications must be submitted before 4.30pm (WST) on Monday, 6 December 2021



WORK TYPE:  Permanent - Part Time, Permanent - Full Time, Fixed Term - Part Time, Fixed Term - Full Time
FTE:  0.1-1.0
LOCATION:  Cloverdale
CLOSING DATE: 2021-12-06 4:30 PM