Teacher School Counsellor – Casino West Public School – ($20K Recruitment Bonus) NSW Department of Education


Position Information

School counsellors are an essential part of the department’s school counselling service.

They provide counselling and psychological assessment of students to complement and enhance the work of teachers to strengthen student learning and wellbeing outcomes, and they help families understand and manage their children’s learning and mental health needs. This is a truly collegiate role offering unique challenges and opportunities – both in your professional development and your ability to make an impact on the lives of children and young people. 

The successful candidate will be based at Casino West Public School and provided with opportunities to work across the lifespan with both primary and high school aged students. Working as a school counsellor in a NSW public school will enable you to engage with a diversity of students (and school communities) like no other child and adolescent psychologist role can. This is a chance to use your skills to make a real difference in the lives of children and young people at a time in their lives when it matters most.

Casino West Public School has a population of 220 students, including 68% Aboriginal students. There are 200 K-6 students, including our 4 support class students and 40 students in the preschool. Casino West Public School values of being safe, responsible and respectful learners are upheld through the whole school community enabling our students to ‘Dream, Believe and Achieve’.


Selection Criteria

We are looking for School Counsellors with qualifications in Education and Psychology. To be successful in these roles you will have:

  • Teaching qualifications and eligibility for an approval to teach in NSW Department of Education schools
  • Be a registered or provisionally registered psychologist, or eligible for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia
  • Have demonstrated understanding of the mental health needs of children and young people
  • Experience in counselling children and young people using evidence-based interventions
  • Experience in cognitive, emotional and behavioural assessment of children and young people
  • Well-developed interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, including report writing
  • Ability to work collaboratively and liaise with key stakeholders to enhance outcomes for children and young people
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the Department’s Aboriginal education policies



The successful applicant may be eligible to receive a one-off recruitment payment of $20,000. (Conditions Apply).  Successful applicants will be provided with a Departmental induction program, ongoing professional learning and professional supervision. Find out more about working in the school counselling service. Visit the Department’s School counselling service pages to discover more about working as a school psychologist or school counsellor in NSW public schools. Rural and Remote Incentives Rural and Remote Incentive Package are available for eligible school counselling positions.The Department of Education is the largest provider of public education in Australia with responsibility for delivering high-quality public education to two-thirds of the NSW student population. We welcome applications from all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the LGBTQIA+ community, veterans, refugees and people with disability. If we can make some adjustments to our recruitment/interview process to better enable you to shine, please contact the Diversity and Inclusion Team ([email protected]) or visit NSW Department of Education Diversity and Inclusion. New merit selection application guidelines for classroom teachers, executives and principals have been introduced to provide greater clarity to applicants and selection panels. The guidelines are located here. To ensure that your application complies with the guideline page limits, your attachments must be in PDF format.


Special Notes

Ability and willingness to travel between worksites.

 An unconditional full approval to teach is a requirement. If you do not hold a full approval to teach with the NSW Department of Education, you are required to commence the application process at the same time as you apply for this teaching opportunity. https://files.jobs.nsw.gov.au/rnysoj

All Department of Education employees working in an SSP are required to be vaccinated as outlined at Vaccination requirements for school sites (nsw.gov.au). The successful candidate for this position will be required to confirm vaccination status prior to the department finalising their appointment and entry on duty. Find the department’s latest advice on COVID-19 (coronavirus) at https://education.nsw.gov.au/covid-19.


Please apply online at www.iworkfor.nsw.gov.au. Job reference: 00009TFW. Applications close at 4:00 pm, Wednesday 16 August 2023.

For more information, please contact Sue Macindoe on telephone 0459 854 002  via email to [email protected]  .



NSW Department of Education

Job Salary

Full time