Student Counsellor (967301) TasTAFE


About Us

TasTAFE is Tasmania’s largest provider of vocational education and training. With a focus on practical, real-life learning, we work closely with industry to produce job-ready and highly valued graduates. We stay connected with business and industry in Tasmania and we work hard to ensure the vocational education and training students receive is industry relevant and provide real industry skills that are highly valued by employers.

We encourage applications from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, people living with a disability, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, mature age workers and members of the LGBTIQ+ community.

We are a diverse and inclusive workplace and understand the importance of flexibility. We want our workforce to reflect the diversity in our community. Ask how we can make this role flexible to suit you. 

The Role

Permanent, working up to 58.8 hours per fortnight

You will be responsible to:

  • Provide a counselling service to assist prospective and current students to determine their career aspirations and make an informed appropriate selection of the organisation’s courses to match their preferred academic and /or vocational pathway and potential abilities.
  • Provide a counselling service to current students experiencing psychological or emotional distress that is adversely affecting their performance.
  • Act as a consultant to staff within the organisation to provide guidance and support to teachers on the effective behaviour management and educational counselling of students.
  • Act as a facilitator in resolving conflict that involves one or more students.
  • Act as an advocate for students and liaise with educational and administrative staff on matters affecting student welfare and development. 

About You

These are the capabilities required to undertake the role successfully:

  1. An understanding of the needs and constraints experienced by the broad range of people entering the organisation and established proficiency and expertise in counselling, mediation, advocacy career guidance and staff consultancy, with demonstrated skills in assessment and appropriate strategies to address student problems.
  2. Demonstrated high level interpersonal communication skills with the ability to relate to students with a high degree of sensitivity and to staff in a professional, cooperative manner.
  3. Extensive experience in providing career and course information, preferably in a vocational education and training environment.
  4. Well-developed self-management skills including flexibility and a capacity to remain impartial and manage a range of different tasks simultaneously.
  5. Well-developed skills in problem solving, liaison, negotiation, conflict resolution and the ability to exercise sound judgement.

To be successful in the role you will need to demonstrate in your resume and short (maximum two-page) statement how you meet the capabilities of the role. See the ‘Advice to Applicants’ guide for more information.

Essential Requirements

Evidence of meeting the following requirements for the role will need to be provided prior to starting:

  • Current Registration to work with vulnerable people in Tasmania.

Desirable Requirements

  • Experience in a vocational and education training environment.
  • A degree in Social Work, Psychology or similar.
  • Eligibility for membership of an appropriate professional association e.g. AASW, APA.

How to apply

Apply online by clicking the ‘Apply’ button.

Applications close Sunday 24 September 2023 at 11.55 pm

Detailed information about the vacancy is available from:

PD .doc

PD .pdf

Advice to Applicants.doc

Advice to Applicants.pdf

TasTAFE supports reasonable adjustment requests in any state of the assessment process to remove barriers and facilitate full participation in all aspects of employment for applicants with disability. If you have individual requirements that need to be accommodated to participate in an interview or recruitment activity, please inform the contact person listed for this vacancy.

Please visit TasTAFE Careers website for our guide to applying and details on the recruitment process.

For more information about this vacancy please contact:

Samantha Kerr-Smiley
Student Support Manager – Disability and Counselling Support Services
[email protected]
Phone: 0474 927 708