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School Psychologists

As a school psychologist, you will play a key role in supporting our students, parents, teachers and school administrators in a wide range of areas, from mental health issues to complex behaviour, learning difficulties and disability, and emergency and critical incident management. 

More than 300 FTE school psychologists (around 400 individuals) work in metropolitan, country and remote public schools, making us one of the biggest employers of psychologists in Western Australia.  It’s an exciting, rewarding and diverse role with a great starting salary and opportunity for career development, including working in more specialised settings and leadership roles.

Most of our school psychologists provide service to more than one school and you could be working in a Kindergarten one day and a senior high school on another day.  The work might include assessment, consultation and intervention with individuals, groups and at the whole school level with school leaders and staff, students, parents, the community and interagency partners.  The diversity found in our public schools means that the students and their needs vary considerably and your work makes a real difference to the lives of many young people. 

Our school psychologists are usually located in a ‘host school’ with day to day responsibility to a principal and professional accountability to a lead school psychologist.  Access to professional resources, collegiate networking and professional learning opportunities are envied by psychologists around the around the country and our graduate school psychologists with provisional registration are supported to achieve general registration with the Psychology Board of Australia through one-to-one supervision, a comprehensive program of professional learning and assistance to attend the National Psychology Examination.  New employees are also able to access the professional learning component of our program.

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, travel concessions are available.

Are you interested in working as a school psychologist?  Our eligibility requirements have recently changed and we now welcome psychology graduates with and without teaching qualifications.  Visit school psychologist qualifications to see if you’re eligible to work for us.

If you require any further information, please feel free to contact us:

T: 9402 6430
E: school.psychology.service@education.wa.edu.au.

School Psychologists
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