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Lead School Psychologist

WA Statewide, WA




Department of Education
Goldfields Education Region
Boulder Primary School
Lead School Psychologist
Lead School Psychologist - $132,504 per annum (SEA GA 2014)

Advertised Vacancy Number: DOE521588

This is a permanent full-time position commencing Term 2, 2018

Are you an aspiring leader of psychologists working in schools? 

The Department of Education is seeking to appoint a dedicated and dynamic Lead School Psychologist responsible for the provision of school psychology service to schools in the northern part of the Goldfields Education Region.  You’ll be based at Boulder Primary School in the town of Kalgoorlie Boulder, approximately 600 km from Perth by road, but with regular services available by rail and air.

The successful applicant is required to have achieved Advanced Skills School Psychologist (ASSP) status for permanent appointment to this position.

Candidates with and without ASSP status are encouraged to apply as where no suitable applicant with ASSP status is available, candidates without this status may be considered for a fixed term appointment. 

Please also note there have been recent changes to the Department’s eligibility criteria to work as a school psychologist or lead school psychologist and a teaching qualification is not necessarily required. (Please reference eligibility requirements at the bottom of the advertisement).

As a lead school psychologist, you will provide professional leadership and support to a small team of dedicated and dynamic school psychologists in the Kalgoorlie area.  The team comprises school psychology graduates through to experienced officers and you will work collaboratively with another lead school psychologist managing a team in Esperance, at the southern end of the region.

You will be directly accountable to the Regional Executive Director and professionally accountable to the Manager, School Psychology Service, with your practice guided band directed by Department policies and guidelines and the Psychology Board of Australia’s (PsyBA) professional standards.

The Lead School Psychologist provides leadership and access to professional support and learning for all school psychologists, including ensuring professional supervision for provisionally registered psychologists to achieve standards outlined in the Competency Framework for school psychologists. The position assures the quality of all school psychologists’ practice meets the professional standards of the Department and the PsyBA and also leads in the provision of contemporary psychological practices.  Broad experience and capacity to provide leadership across all core areas of the service (mental health, learning, behaviour and disability) will be advantageous.

The Goldfields education region comprises 45 schools spread over a vast area of the south eastern corner of Western Australia and incorporates the area along the Great Australian Bight to the South Australian border known as the Nullabor. The Goldfields region is the largest of Western Australia''s regions, with an area of 771,276 km². The climate is mostly hot and dry. The region has a population of about 59,000 people, about half of whom live in the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Another quarter live in the Shire of Esperance, and the remaining shires are very sparsely populated. The economy of the Goldfields sub-region is based predominantly on the extraction and processing of various mineral resources, primarily gold and nickel. Further south near Esperance, the economy is based on agriculture and fishing, with wheat and barley widely grown.

As Western Australia’s largest employer, the Department of Education offers a range of attractive professional and personal benefits including:

  • a confirmed lead school psychologist salary of $132,504;
  • 9.25 percent employer contributions to superannuation;
  • 8 weeks vacation leave (during school holidays);
  • more than 20 days of other leave, including sick leave and carers’ leave;
  • subsidised accommodation and assistance with travel and the transport of furniture, personal effects and motor vehicles where applicable; and
  • professional development and career advancement opportunities.

This position attracts an Attraction and Retention Incentive of an additional $10, 210 p.a., approved to 31 December, 2019.

This selection process will initially be used to fill the above vacancy.  Applicants assessed as suitable during this selection process may be considered for permanent appointments to other similar vacancies that occur throughout our branch 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:

  1. Highly-proficient skills and the application of scientific practitioner models that contribute to system-level understandings and decision making.
  2. Application of exemplary specialist knowledge and skills and the provision of leadership in the development of programs and interventions.
  3. Ability to clarify and communicate complex concepts and provide feedback and critical evaluation on the school psychology profession, system policy, direction and operation.
  4. Leadership of strategic partnerships to build capacity, influence systemic policy and undertake interventions and prevention programs.
  5. Leadership and engagement in a variety of professional activities that indicate critical self-reflection, flexibility, exemplary practice and the development of learning communities.

Further information about this position can be found in the attached job description form (JDF).

Applications will be assessed against these work related requirements of the position. The business needs of the branch 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.

For further job related information:

Please contact Milton Butcher, Regional Executive Director – Goldfields on 0417 776 012 or  You may also contact Chris Gostelow, Manager, School Psychology Service on 0403 488 016 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.

You are required to attach a personal resume and covering letter outlining your skills and experiences in relation to the position. 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:

  • 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; and
  • hold an appropriate degree or equivalent qualification which entitles provisional or general registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA); and
    • hold a recognised qualification in teaching (minimum one year); or
    • have undertaken a minimum placement of 40 days in the school education sector as part of higher degree studies in psychology;
    • have worked a minimum of three years full-time (or equivalent part-time) as a school psychologist (or equivalent position).

Employees are required to have achieved Advanced Skills School Psychologist (ASSP) status for permanent appointment to this position.

Where no suitable applicant with ASSP credentials is available, candidates without ASSP status may be considered. A successful candidate without ASSP status will only be appointed for a 12 month fixed-term appointment.

Information about registration with the Psychology Board of Australia can be obtained by calling 1300 419 495 or by visiting  Please see the Department’s Careers website for the support provided to graduate school psychologists undertaking provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.


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 Friday, 16 March 2018



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WORK TYPE:  Permanent - Full Time
FTE: 1.0
CLOSING DATE: 2018-03-16 4:30 PM