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School Psychologists

School psychologists support schools in the areas of student behaviour, mental health and learning. Every public school in the State has access to a school psychologist.

There are approximately 280 FTE (350 individuals) school psychologists in metropolitan, country and remote schools from Kindergarten to Year 12 in a variety of diverse roles with opportunities for career progression.

Each school psychologist is located in a host school and has operational responsibility to a principal and professional accountability to a Lead School Psychologist. Most school psychologists provide services to a number of schools. These services include assessment, consultation and intervention with individuals, groups and at the whole school level. They work with school leaders and staff, students, parents, the community and inter-agency partners. The diversity found in schools means that the students and their needs vary considerably.

School psychologists have access to professional resources, collegiate networking and professional learning opportunities. An induction program supports school psychologists in their first two years, after which general registration with the Psychology Board of Australia is offered.

Career development opportunities for school psychologists include senior positions and leadership roles. There is flexibility for part-time work arrangements. In some country areas there is support with housing and, in certain locations, salary, leave and travel concessions are available.

We welcome enquiries from suitably qualified registered psychologists and people eligible for provisional registration. For more information contact our School Psychology Service on T: 9402 6430 or email at

School Psychologists

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