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Speech-language pathologists

​ ​Speech-language therapy services are provided for students with speech- language communication needs enrolled or registered in state education facilities.

The focus of these services is to support student learning and participation in schooling.

Communication is essential for learning, literacy and numeracy development, interacting with others, participation in all class and school activities, and positive self-esteem.

Speech-language pathologists in state schools provide services for students with speech-language communication needs who are experiencing barriers to learning.

These students require assistance to develop competencies in the areas of communication, language, learning and literacy.

About the role

Speech-language therapy services are responsive to local needs and therefore may differ across schools and regions. The service to a particular school is determined through collaboration between the principal and the speech-language pathologist, with assistance from the regional senior speech-language pathologist.

Information about the role, responsibilities and services a speech-language pathologist provides:


The following professional registrations and qualifications are required for employment as a speech-language pathologist:

  • current working with children blue card issued by the Public Safety Business Agency
  • a qualification in speech pathology from an accredited university
  • eligibility for certified practising speech pathologist (or provisional certified practising speech pathologist) membership of Speech Pathology Australia


Speech-language therapy services are coordinated in the regions by regional senior speech-language pathologists in consultation with regional and school staff. Regional senior speech-language pathologists provide professional supervision and support to speech-language pathologists.

Speech-language pathologists are managed by the principal of their base school and are generally based in one school, while providing a service to a number of schools across a local area.


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Last updated
08 November 2019