Independent Public School - Wheatbelt Education Region
Braeside Primary School
Education Assistant - Special Needs
Pool Ref IPS/SS718781
Level 2/3, $28.59 - $33.09 per hour (EA (Gov) GA 2021)

Advertised Vacancy Number IPS/SS718781

Appointment Pool

Do you have what it takes to improve the learning outcomes of students, including those with an identified disability? We are seeking organised and dedicated Education Assistants to join our school team.

Braeside Primary School (PS) is seeking to establish a Education Assistants - Special Needs pool 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.

Education Assistants - Special Needs at our school, provides assistance to the teacher in delivering planned education programs and encouraging a supportive and inclusive learning environment. This includes the operation of computers, digital technologies and implementation of individual student or small group programs or demonstrations. They also assist in the application of specialised education programs such as occupational therapy, speech therapy and physiotherapy programs, while providing support to the teacher or therapist to understand when there is communication difficulty between them and a student.

Additionally, suitable applicants will ideally be enthusiastic and patient, with experience working with students who have learning disabilities such as Dyslexia, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Speech and Language Disorder, Generalised Anxiety Disorder or who have challenges in regulating their behaviour; be able to implement Individual Education Plans and have the ability to work with staff to refine, reflect and further develop Individual Education Plans.

Key to this role, is for suitable applicants to have the ability to be able to liaise and communicate effectively with staff, students and parents; enjoy working and contributing as part of our student support team; be flexible and open to feedback, keen to improve their professional practice and be prepared to support students across a variety of learning environment outside of the classroom including on excursions and camps.

Braeside PS provides a vibrant, supportive and creative environment that encourages choice, challenge and curiosity in all students.  Our context allows us to deliver seamless programs and a learning journey through Kindergarten to Year 6 and as such our excellent standards in both learning and teaching create outcomes which are exceptionally rich, relevant and cater to individual need. The school is committed to a personalised approach to attendance and learning embracing diversity that individuals and their families bring to the school, this overtime has produced outstanding results for these students.

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 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 Braeside Primary School can be found by visiting the school website or Schools Online.

Additional information about Independent Public Schools is also available here.

For further job related information:

You are encouraged to contact Teresa Wigg, Principal, for further information about this employment opportunity, including information about living and working in Katanning, by telephoning 0429 642 033 or emailing   

During the school holiday period, please contact Teresa Wigg on 0429 642 033.

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 four (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 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:

  • Obtain a current Department of Education Criminal Record Clearance prior to commencement of employment
  • 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.


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.

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

Applications must be submitted before 4.30pm (WST) on Thursday, 27 January 2022



WORK TYPE:  Permanent - Part Time, Permanent - Full Time, Fixed Term - Part Time, Fixed Term - Full Time
FTE: 0.1-1.0
LOCATION: Katanning
CLOSING DATE: 2022-01-27 4:30 PM