Specialist support staff


Therapy roles in schools​

Making sure all students have access to quality learning opportunities focused on their individual needs is a priority for Queensland state schools.

Departmental therapy roles support schools to provide reasonable adjustments (DOCX 347KB) so that students with disability can access and participate in schooling on the same basis as their peers.

There are many opportunities for qualified, professional and team-orientated occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech-language pathologists to work collaboratively with teachers to support the access, participation and success of students in Queensland state schools.

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Support and incentives

Being a therapist with the department provides a unique opportunity to pursue a fulfilling and rewarding career while also meeting personal and lifestyle needs.

Therapy opportunities are available throughout Queensland, including in rural, remote or regional communities.

Incentives for all therapists

Therapists working in Queensland state schools have desirable and flexible employment conditions and access to a broad range of support and benefits, including:

  • part time work – employees work less than the full-time weekly hours of duty under the relevant award or certified agreement
  • job sharing – this involves the voluntary sharing of duties and responsibilities of 1 position between 2 employees and can be tailored to suit a variety of circumstances
  • flexible attendance – an employee can negotiate start and finish times with their principal or manager and take unplanned days off without loss of salary. This is usually approved on the basis that work rescheduling is possible or that lost time will be made up
  • purchased leave – this provides public sector employees with access to additional annual leave and an annualised salary
  • medication or treatment breaks – when returning to work after an injury or illness, some employees may require the option of part-time work or other flexible work arrangements or gradual return to full-time work after leave
  • a comprehensive induction program for newly appointed staff
  • regular professional development and training opportunities
  • professional supervision, support and mentoring from senior staff
  • collegial support and networking with fellow departmental therapists
  • support to achieve professional goals with the Developing Performance Framework.

Support for occupational therapists and physiotherapists

Professional support is provided by senior regionally-based professional supervisors for occupational therapists (OTs) and physiotherapists (PTs) employed by the department.

Regionally-based loan services provide specialised equipment to assist students with learning difficulties and/or disability to participate in curriculum activities enhancing student learning outcomes. Contact your regional office for more information.

The occupational therapy and physiotherapy discussion list provides a forum for OTs and PTs to share ideas and resources and seek support and advice via email from colleagues across the state.

Support for speech-language pathologists

Professional support is provided in each region by professional supervisors for speech-language pathologists employed by the department.

A departmental speech-language pathology (SLP) eLearn Blackboard community is available on the Learning Place for departmental speech-language pathologists. This is a password protected secure site that enables sharing of practice information. Contact your regional office for information on how to join this community.

Speech-language pathologists may be able to borrow specialised equipment including Augmentative and Alternative Communication items for use with students with disability through a regional loans service. Contact your regional office for more information.

The speech-language pathologists discussion list provides a forum for speech-language pathologists to share ideas and resources and seek support and advice from other speech-language pathologists across the state via email.

Last updated 02 September 2021