Student Support Officer Department of Education


A special challenge and highly rewarding opportunity for dedicated support workers!

The School of Alternative Learning Settings (SALS) is seeking two (2) Student Support Officers to join their school site in Hedland.

We currently have the following positions available:

For Permanent tenure only

  • 2 x – permanent full-time positions

All positions will commence Term 3, 2023

Professional Benefits

  • 11 weeks’ vacation leave
  • 11% employer contributions to superannuation
  • Additional district allowance
  • Annual travel concession (eligible after 12 months continuous employment)
  • Annual entitlement to 15 days personal leave
  • Up to 5 days cultural leave for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

About SALS

Since 2019, the Alternative Learning Settings program has targeted a specific cohort of students who have demonstrated signs of physical aggression and would benefit from a short-term, intensive intervention program. SALS delivers specialised activities and learning programs that build students’ social skills and self-regulation in environments designed to effect positive and lasting change in their behaviour. The program has the capacity to provide access to specialists such as paediatricians, clinical psychologists or consultation with psychiatrists.

About the role

The role of the Student Support Officer is considered essential to ensuring a responsive and effective student support service. As a result, your communication skills and ability to be an effective team player will be highly regarded. You will be part of a cohesive team that provides a responsive social and emotional curriculum where you will contribute to the development of student support strategies and student support programs. Student Support Officers may also be involved in transporting students.

School staff benefit from working in a collaborative team environment, sharing common goals and resources in supporting students, schools and parents across a state-wide service. Applicants that have skills in maintaining professional boundaries while adopting a student centric approach that aids in contributing to positive student outcomes will be highly regarded. In addition, under direction the Student Support Officer provides support in therapeutic crisis management and the development of personalised student de-escalation strategies.

The successful applicants will work as part of a SALS team located at each site. The setting comprises of a program coordinator, a team of teachers with support from student support officers, a youth transition officer and a school psychologist. Suitable applicants will ideally have experience and credibility in student engagement and transitions, case management, social and emotional learning program development, a background in student support and current professional learning, or the capacity to undertake targeted professional learning, in areas such as de-escalation, team teach, circle of courage, therapeutic crisis intervention in schools and trauma-informed practice.

The successful applicants may be required to travel to Perth, or other SALS locations to attend professional learning and staff development days and inductions, this may include overnight stays and air travel. This role will require the successful applicants to hold and maintain a valid WA driver’s license.

For further job related information

Please contact Dave Dennis, Associate Principal by telephoning 0449 278 889 or emailing [email protected]



Department of Education

Job Salary

Full time