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Diocese of Townsville Catholic EducationMount Isa

Position: Assisting Student Learning - Indigenous Education Worker. 
Classification: Term Time, 1 Year Contract
Hours: 20 hours a week across 4 days
Salary Range:
$27.52 - $28.20 an hour pending experience
Commencing: Term 1, 2021
Closing Date: Thursday, 4th February 2021 unless filled prior.

St Kieran's Catholic Primary School offers prep to year 6 and has a strong commitment to communication. The school prides itself on being familiar with every member of the school community, as well as being attuned to the individual needs of others. 

Townsville Catholic Education provides a supportive, flexible working environment where care for the individual is an important part of our ethos.  We employ motivated people who want to work together to produce excellent outcomes for our students. Our staff is recognised as being central to achieving our mission. 

St Kieran's Catholic Primary School is seeking applications from hardworking and passionate Indigenous Education Workers This role is a Term Time, position for the duration of the 2021 teaching year.

About the role

The primary purpose of the ASL - Indigenous Education Worker is to work in collaboration with teachers to provide appropriate advice, practical support and guidance to assist Indigenous students with learning and development. The ASL - Indigenous Education Worker, under the guidance of the Principal, provides assistance to Indigenous students to optimise student learning outcomes in a supported environment with a range of cultural and educational programs.

The ASL - Indigenous Education Worker will demonstrate competency involving the application of knowledge and skills to a range of tasks to support teachers deliver contemporary learning and teaching. The ASL - Indigenous Education Worker ensures that all duties are completed to an acceptable standard as determined by the Principal.

Key Accountabilities

The Key Accountabilities are as follows but not limited to, and may vary based on classroom and student’s support needs:

  • Work in classrooms, with teachers, providing support for Indigenous students
  • Liaise with teachers to determine the progress and wellbeing of Indigenous students
  • Assist Indigenous students in the transition from community to school and be a positive role model
  • Provide guidance, pastoral care and advocacy for Indigenous students and their families
  • Provide awareness to school staff on Indigenous student backgrounds and Indigenous Community Perspectives
  • Assist in coordination and promotion of Indigenous cultural education events, activities and programs within the Community.

Learning and Teaching

  • Provide support to teachers in the classroom
  • Assist the teaching team with classroom resources
  • Work in partnership with teachers to support student learning which may include:
    • General support to a group of students while the teacher is engaged in focussed teaching
    • Provision of personalised support e.g. mobility or communication support, where required
    • Assisting students to complete tasks designed by the teacher
    • Preparation of support materials and resources
  • Support identified students with learning barriers, to engage in a range of learning activities
  • Collect data for analysis by the teacher - anecdotal notes on performance of task, work habits, behaviour etc., provided to the teacher.

Inclusive Education

  • Assist individuals or small groups with activities as part of inclusive teaching and learning practices, supporting the teacher with behaviour management and the development of social skills and classroom skills development
  • Assist students with their personal organisation when required.

Small Group and Personalised Support

  • Communicate with teachers about student progress and areas of need
  • Inform the Principal on any welfare issues that may arise with students
  • Develop professional relationships with students based on trust and respect, which utilises a strengths based approach
  • Provide general formative feedback to student on performance during the teaching session
  • Role model behaviour in line with the School’s mission
  • Work in partnership with teachers to implement aspects of learning plans, as identified by the teacher, for groups of students including:
    • Work with the student, under the direction of a teacher, to support the implementation of particular learning goals as identified in the Student’s Learning Plan.

Pastoral Care

  • Proactively monitor and support student wellbeing issues under the guidance of the pastoral care team
  • Work to promote self-esteem and assist with student social interactions by teaching them social skills and discussing with them their social behaviours as required
  • Provide assistance with personal care as required which may also include mobility and personal hygiene
  • Provide assistance with communication – including notetaking, taping material and using ICT to optimise the student’s learning experiences.

Professional Development

  • Support collegiate learning by sharing learnings with colleagues
  • Proactively seek opportunities to extend own professional learning via internal and external training.

About You


  • Demonstrated capacity to organise and prioritise a range of tasks and set priorities to meet deadlines in a busy environment
  • Ability to provide information and support to stakeholders regarding Indigenous communities
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Demonstrated understanding of and sensitivity to the learning needs of Indigenous students.


  • Understanding and ability to develop links between the school and Indigenous communities
  • Professional presentation skills with the ability to proactively engage and enthuse both students, parents and other colleagues
  • Well-developed computer literacy capacity to work in partnership with classroom teachers
  • Organisational planning and coordination skills including the ability to demonstrate flexibility and manage demanding or competing tasks.


  • Enthusiastic, energetic, flexible with a proactive attitude
  • Confident, well-presented and engaging with a personal warmth that engenders mutual respect with staff, parents and visitors
  • Flexible and responsive to the needs of the school community and driven to achieve the best outcomes for Indigenous students
  • Willingness to learn and develop in a supported environment.

Mandatory Criteria/Professional Registration/Other

  • Current Working with Children Suitability Card - The successful candidate will require a paid Blue Card before commencement as per the No Card, No Start policy developed by Queensland Government
  • Current Driver’s Licence
  • Ability to travel from time to time within the Catholic Diocese of Townsville
  • Ability to perform the physical requirements of the role in a safe manner.

Please review the Position Description before preparing your application.

What we offer

  • Competitive Salary starting:  $27.52 - $28.20 an hour pending experience
  • Annual Leave with 17.5% leave loading
  • Salary packaging options 
  • Modern facilities, equipment and resources
  • Superannuation up to 12.75% employer contribution (in a  co-contribution arrangement)
  • Access to long service leave after 7 years of continuous service
  • 14 Weeks’ paid parental leave
  • Corporate health insurance 
  • Induction, professional development and learning opportunities
  • Well-being programs and initiatives

How to apply

  1. Complete the application form
  2. Upload a cover letter/supporting statement (no more than 2 A4 pages) which addresses your suitability in relation to the qualifications, experience, knowledge and skills required of the role.
  3. Upload a current resume which also includes the name, email address and contact details of two referees. 

The closing date for applications for this role is 5pm Thursday, 4th February 2021 unless filled prior.


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Diocese of Townsville Catholic Education

Mount Isa

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