Choose a career in the Student Support Services allied health workforce

You’ll find it challenging, rewarding and dynamic. You’ll work with a diverse group of people who share a common goal, and you will be well supported to use your professional skills and knowledge to provide specialised support at the individual, group, school and area level.

There is a range of opportunities in Student Support Services (SSS), including team leader, expert professional, through to SSS professionals.


What the work involves

  • working in collaboration with services within the community to identify and provide early interventions for children and young people who have additional needs or are at risk of disengagement
  • developing the capacity of the workforce within schools to meet the needs of children and young people who have additional needs, or are disadvantaged or vulnerable, to enable them to achieve successful education and wellbeing outcomes
  • targeting the delivery of individual support services to those who require specialised expertise, assessment and intervention in order to overcome barriers to learning
  • responding to emerging student wellbeing needs and contributing to identified school and Area priorities
  • responding to critical incidents involving students, staff and school communities
  • facilitating and strengthening partnerships between the SSS workforce in schools, early childhood services, community organisations, and health, family, child, mental health and youth services in order to provide greater options and coordinated service provision for children, young people and their families.

For more information see Student Support Services in the Schools Policy and Advisory Guide.


The benefits of a career in Student Support Services

As an employee of the Victorian government, you’ll have access to a broad range of benefits, including professional development through training programs and study leave. We support work-life balance with flexible working hours, generous leave entitlements and paid maternity leave.

You’ll also benefit from salary packaging and 9.5% superannuation employer contribution. New starters are assisted with regional orientation and induction.


Addressing changing needs and providing more support

The Victorian government implemented a new regional operating model called ‘Learning Places’ in March 2016, which created 17 areas within the Department’s four regions.

SSS now provide services as part of organised multidisciplinary teams with health and wellbeing professionals, and other Department specialist services. This has enabled SSS to work with a group of staff committed to a geographic area to identify opportunities and challenges for different cohorts, and build close working relationships with local community organisations and other services to develop innovative approaches to meet demand.

SSS particularly support collaboration between schools and Area teams, to deliver better student outcomes at the local level. SSS have an important role to play in supporting schools to achieve this by building the capability of teachers and school leaders and providing support to students.

The Department is investing in the recruitment of an additional 50 allied health staff over the next four years as part of the commitment to improving support for students who experience health and wellbeing issues.

For a list of current vacancies see Careers.Vic