Completing Your Application for Employment as a School Psychologist
- The mandatory qualifications for employment as a school psychologist in ACT public school includes eligibility for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.
- Applicants must complete all sections of the application form and include all attachments. If an application is incomplete it may jeopardise your recruitment rating. Please ensure that your name appears on all attachments.
- You are required to write a statement (maximum of four-pages) addressing the domains of the Professional Framework. Use examples of your professional knowledge, practice, relationships and attributes to support your claims.
- Please do not attach original documents to your application. If you receive an offer of employment, certified documentation will be requested at that time.
- Applicants who only wish to be considered for long term contract work (i.e. one term up to one year) should tick the appropriate boxes on the front page.
- It is essential to notify Workforce Management of any change of address and phone number in writing or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Your application must provide sufficient evidence of your qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience in order to gain employment. Your application must include academic transcripts and professional references and/or performance reports.
A curriculum vitae contains your personal details, your professional experience and your qualifications. It may also contain achievements, awards or honours, affiliations with professional associations, presentations, publications and professional learning.
A selection panel will assess the evidence you provide against the framework in order to determine your relative merit in comparison with other applicants.
At interview the selection panel will ask questions based on the Professional Framework. The panel may also seek clarification of information included in the application.
Applicants should select referees who have supervised their work. It is important that the referees are aware of your application for employment as a school psychologist.
The Recruitment Process
- Applicants are initially assessed through application. If these documents satisfy employment requirements, applicants proceed to interview and referee. Interviews are conducted either in person, or by telephone.
- At the end of the selection process applicants are advised of their recruitment rating in writing. The rating is based on the evidence you and your referee provide during the recruitment process. The rating indicates your eligibility for employment.
- Rating groups are defined as Outstanding, Meritorious and Competent. Unqualified or unsuitable applicants do not get rated. The selection panel develops indicators to assess you as a school psychologist. These indicators provide markers against which to compare applicants in a merit-based process. It is important for applicants to provide examples of practice to demonstrate their level of achievement.
- All offers of employment are made on the basis of merit and in accordance with the Department's Equity & Diversity Policy. Offers of employment may be made at any time when vacancies arise.
- Offers of employment are conditional on applicants meeting the Department's registration requirements with the Psychology Board of Australia. These include qualifications, medical fitness and pre-employment checks, including a criminal history check and employment history with other education departments.
- Applicants may be offered permanent appointment or a temporary contract, depending on the nature and length of known vacancies in the various teaching areas. Applicants are expected to work anywhere in the ACT, excluding Jervis Bay.
Applicants are required to submit a maximum of four pages (12 point font) statement addressing the domains of the Professional Framework (criteria) and describe relevant counselling qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience. The application should include examples of professional knowledge, professional practice, professional relationships and professional attributes that best demonstrate achievement in the school setting or another relevant counselling environment. The statement should reflect the ACT Education Directorate’s commitment to achieving quality learning outcomes for all students.
- know and apply a range of age appropriate therapeutic interventions
- know and apply age appropriate assessment instruments
- know and apply individual and group interventions
- understand how children and young people learn
- know principles of Promotion Prevention and Early Intervention
- work in an inclusive and supportive manner
- use a range of strategies and interventions to work with children and young people
- assess and report to ensure effective interventions
- engage in reflective practice to improve outcomes for children and young people
- present to a range of audiences in order to build capacity within school communities
- work collaboratively with colleagues within student support section and school communities
- foster effective communication with students/staff/ families/community
- develop respectful relationships with children, young people and families from diverse backgrounds
- work productively with schools, parents, carers and the wider community to support students
- demonstrate flexibility and adaptability
- are resilient and respond positively to change
- display ethical behaviour and responsibility
- accept responsibility for professional learning and development
- actively engage in their profession, their school and the wider community