VB-816 | Psychologist (Ed Support Level 1-Range 4)

VB-816 | Psychologist (Ed Support Level 1-Range 4)

15 Sep
Schools (Government)

15 Sep

Schools (Government)


Location Profile

For information about Wodonga Senior Secondary College and the local area, please access the below links:

- WFGS website: http://www.wodonga.vic.edu.au/recruitment/

- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/WodongaSeniorSC

Geographical Context and Infrastructure

Wodonga Senior Secondary College is a government year 10 to 12 co-education school in the local government area of Wodonga. The College is located 1km from central Wodonga on 7.84 hectares surrounded by residential housing.

Wodonga is one of the fastest growing regional cities in Victoria with a population of 39,351. It is located 3 hours and 20 minutes from Melbourne on the Hume Hwy. Being a regional centre families can access social services, health,

employment, art and culture. Families are also able to commute to Albury (7.8 kms) for work and leisure. Employment opportunities for parents and carers of student centre on Manufacturing, Health Care and Social Assistance, Public Administration, and Safety and Retail.

Wodonga Senior Secondary College has exceptional, all abilities, access to high-quality facilities which meets the needs of our students and the wider community. The main building encompasses teaching and learning spaces for science, digital literacy, mathematics, literature, history and language. The College also offers industry standard learning spaces for trades, children services, hair and beauty, and hospitability. Students can also enjoy well equipped sporting and preforming arts centres.

The Seymour, Shepparton, Benalla and Wodonga Flexible Learning Centres and Choice Wodonga are all campuses of Wodonga Senior Secondary College. These centres/program provide students who generally experience difficulties accessing mainstream school an educational pathway tailored to their often complex educational, social, developmental, psychological, health, legal or family situation.

History and Enrolment Trends

Wodonga Senior Secondary College was established in 2005-2006 through the regeneration of government secondary education in Wodonga. This initiative took the three existing secondary schools in the city to form one senior secondary college (10 to 12) and one Middle Years College with two campuses that specialise in the education of year 7, 8 & 9 students. Today, Wodonga Senior Secondary College and Wodonga Middle Years College work collaboratively to provide all students with every opportunity of success from 7 to Career.

Student and Community Demographics

The College currently has 1172 students. Over the last five years enrolment trends have increased. The majority of students transition from year 9 at Wodonga Middle Years College into year 10 at the Senior College. While 24 % of students are drawn from neighbouring communities (including New South Wales), Independent schools and Catholic College.

The College serves a community with socially, economically and culturally diverse needs. It actively embraces, respects and promotes the uniqueness of all students. For 3.1% of students English is their additional language and 15.9% of students are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders. The School Family Occupation (SFO) in 2018 was 0.6877. This has remained relatively consistent over the last 5 years.

Staffing and Leadership Profiles

The College benefits from the highly professional teaching and support staff. The majority 80% of teaching staff are highly experienced teachers. This blends well with a consistent flow of new teachers each year. The Executive Team at the Wodonga Senior Secondary College campus consists of 5 Principal Class focusing on high quality education for all students and continuous improvement. This team is supported by 17 leading teachers. There is an additional 5 principal class supporting the Flexible Learning Centres.

The school is sustained by highly dedicated Education Support Staff 56. This includes laboratory technicians, Librarians, administrative staff, maintenance and grounds staff, IT assistants and trainees. The College has a strong commitment to the wellbeing of students and this is demonstrated through the four house leaders and assistant as well as a highly competent wellbeing team of social workers, Doctors in School program, Koorie Support mentor, Inclusion Support and a Defence Transition Mentor.

Curriculum and Specialisation

Wodonga Senior Secondary College has the broadest range of subject choices in the region across all subject areas. The College works with all students to design an individual pathway which provides them with every opportunity for success following their secondary education. VCE and VCAL are spread over two and half years at the College. Both pathways are well represented by students.

In partnership with our external Registered Trained Organisations, the College delivers a diverse range of VET Subjects. The VET program within the College has a strong reputation within the College and the community. This can be attributed to the Industry professional teaching staff, high quality facilities and supportive placement host from industry.

Students at the college have a wonderful opportunity to participate in and experience our global education programs. Each year the Senior College has a number of overseas students studying at the College, students can study Japanese or Indonesian face to face at the College as well as attend one of our international study tours to countries such as Cambodia, Japan, and Vietnam.

The College has a healthy focus on extra-curricular activities. Students are encouraged to participate in the annual swimming and athletic carnivals, Interschool sport, Instrumental Music program, College musicals and celebrity events.

Selection Criteria


- Full AHPRA registration as a Psychologist.

- Demonstrated high level of theoretical knowledge and practical expertise in assessing complex need and risk in young people within educational settings, and in developing and implementing complex intervention strategies to address these, in accordance with professional and industry standards, and in collaboration with internal and external agencies and professionals.

- Substantial demonstrated theoretical knowledge and practical expertise in relation to student risk management and crisis intervention strategies, and experience in providing advice and consultation for a range of school stakeholders.

- Demonstrated in-depth working knowledge of childhood trauma and the impacts on youth, as well as high level knowledge and experience in providing purposeful guidance, planning and mentorship towards a holistic experience of physical and mental health.

- Demonstrated commitment to DET and WSSC values, and ability and experience in providing expert advice which will influence the strategic approach to student support and learning.

- Current Victorian Working with Children Check.


- Current Drivers Licence.


Under the leadership of the Assistant Principal – Student Operations, the Psychologist will work as part of the existing multidisciplinary Student Wellbeing Team. This team are responsible for the development, implementation and review of a range of wellbeing support services/programs to address the wellbeing need of students. This involves contributing to a whole school culture of prioritising preventative wellbeing processes and policies, as well as individual case management and liaison with staff, parents and external service providers. Completion of need and risk assessments, safety plans and support plans will be in line with industry best practice.


- Direct student counselling support and other early intervention services.

- Contribute to whole-of-school prevention and mental health promotion activities.

- Provide a high level of engagement and assessment of individual students to determine areas of risk and need, and identify, design and implement interventions to address these.

- Have substantial working knowledge of student risk management and response techniques and strategies.

- Empower students and families in help-seeking and coping behaviours and contribute to the building of their resilience.

- Within the school environment, act as the link between the mental health and education sectors.

- Make decisions on complex intervention strategies, in accordance with professional and industry standards, that may have significant consequences for clients and their families.

- Apply sound theoretical knowledge and practical expertise in developing service delivery options.

- Undertake advanced interventions in dealing with particularly complex cases that may require cross-profession or agency collaboration.

- Provide expert advice in the psychology field which will influence the school’s strategic approach to student support and learning.

- Develop and implement professional support programs within the school environment, including training, development and guidance to other school staff and members of the school community.

- Liaise with the general school community, the Education Department and other government agencies and service providers.

- Provide professional guidance for school staff.

- Provide advice, expertise and leadership in policy development that guides the development of school policy and the work of others, including teachers.

- Provide consultancy to external stakeholders, which may involve provision of training to these stakeholders.

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