School Counsellor, South Lismore

Our Lady Help of Christians Primary LISMORESouth Lismore
Date posted:
Contract type: Part Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Fixed Term

School Counsellor

At Our Lady Help of Christians South Lismore, we strive to provide an environment that nurtures the spiritual, academic and social development of all students. Our aim is to empower students with the knowledge, skills and capacities to respond creatively to the challenges of their world.

We are seeking an experienced and dynamic school counsellor to support the wellbeing of students in our school community.

Part-time 2 days a week

This position will be for three years through to 26 January 2023.

The role of the School Counsellor is to support and assist school teams to better understand and manage student mental health issues, with a view to improving student outcomes. As a School Counsellor, you will be an integral part of a school’s pastoral care support and will work with students, families, school staff and external agencies to maximise educational and wellbeing outcomes for students.

Selection Criteria:

  • Current registration with Psychology Board of Australia; or membership of Australian Association of Social Workers Association or membership of PACFA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia)/ ACA (Australian Counselling Association).
  • A strong understanding of the professional body’s ethical and legal requirements, especially in relation to working within a school setting.
  • Excellent communication skills with the proven ability to work collaboratively with teaching teams, and to engage and relate to students, families and staff.
  • Demonstrated understanding of child adolescent development and youth mental health interventions.
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision and manage caseloads.
  • Willingness to take an active part in the full life of the school and to support, accept, and uphold the mission, teachings and ethos of the Catholic Church’s work in schools.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience in providing evidence based interventions with children and young people, individually and in groups.
  • Proven experience and ability to respond appropriately in crisis situations and to students presenting with complex needs.
  • Experience or willingness to provide professional learning to school staff and families.


A teacher with psychology registration and 5 years full-time experience as a School Counsellor, can earn up to $118,018 (prorate)

An experienced psychologist or social worker/ counsellor can earn up to $109,427 (prorata). Each employee’s qualifications and experience are used in the calculation of remuneration. Any questions regarding remuneration contact

How to Apply:

Applicants are asked to submit all documents as one PDF to the Principal’s email address below:

1. Covering letter that addresses the selection criteria.

2. Catholic Schools Office application form

3. Current Resume

4. Academic transcript/s

The start date can be negotiated.

Applications must be received by 5pm Friday 24th January 2020


The successful applicant will be required to complete the registration for employment process with the Lismore Diocese in accordance with the Diocesan Website.

Child protection legislation requires preferred applicants to be subject to employment screening.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Information on how to Register for Employment in the Lismore Diocese is available on the Catholic Schools Office website

More about Our Lady Help of Christians Primary LISMORE
Address: 24 Rhodes Street, South Lismore, New South Wales, NSW 2480, Australia. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +61 2 6621 5490