Laboratory Technician (Education Support Level 1 Range 2) (Ed Support Level 1-range 2)

Schools (Government)

Wonthaggi, VIC

Posted 10/11/2019

Location Profile

Located in the Inner Gippsland Area of DET’s South East Victoria Region, Wonthaggi Secondary College is a Year 7-12 dual campus school of around 1390 students. The Dudley Campus (Years 7 to 9) and the McKenzie Street Campus (Years 10 to 12) are situated three kilometres apart.

The College draws its students from nine feeder schools located in the Bass Coast Shire. The Shire encompasses a large rural and coastal area centred around Wonthaggi, Inverloch, Grantville/Corinella, Coronet Bay and Phillip Island. Over half of the student population travel to the school by bus. There is one major private school in the area and no other Government secondary schools.

Wonthaggi was a coal-mining town but is now the busy hub of a thriving tourist area. The College is located in the rapidly growing Bass Coast Shire.

The current staffing levels comprise approximately 120 teachers and 50 non-teaching staff.

Wonthaggi Secondary College recognises that students have different needs, abilities, interests and ambitions and that its students are drawn from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds. These differences are catered for through the development of a comprehensive curriculum that extends and challenges students to realize their full potential. Sequential courses of study are provided for Years 7 to 10 in each of the Key Learning Areas. This is achieved using core units at Year 7 and a mixture of core and elective subjects at Years 8, 9 and 10. With a large Year 11 and Year 12 student population, the College is able to offer a broad range of Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) units and has a strong commitment to Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs. A successful Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) program operates, as well as an off-campus Community VCAL program. Additionally there is an Outreach program that supports approximately 15 students each year who have extreme mental health conditions that place them “at risk” of non-participation. We also work with the two Wonthaggi primary schools to supply an intervention/transition program for chronically absent students in Years 5 to 9 (FLO Wonthaggi). In 2019 we introduced a Pre-CAL program to accommodate a small number of ‘at-risk’ students in Years 9 and 10.

The College continues to develop its enrichment and consolidation programs. Students in Years 10 and 11 have the opportunity to accelerate through the VCE by taking higher-level units than is the norm for their age cohort. A very successful select entry (SEAL) program operates on the Dudley Campus.

College staff conduct a range of quality curriculum and co-curricular programs across both campuses. The College has a tradition of student participation and success in the Performing Arts. The College is a member school of the South Gippsland Schools Music Program and currently has around 100 students involved in the program. Wonthaggi Secondary College regularly enjoys sporting success at local, state and national levels. An ADVANCE program (based on surf lifesaving) also operates in the College.

Participation in Human Powered Vehicle events is also an established part of the College’s co-curricular program. An annual Human Powered Vehicle Grand Prix is a major feature of the local community calendar.

The College is committed to the welfare of its students. To this end, a Student Welfare Coordinator is attached to each campus, along with Careers counselling available at both the McBride and Dudley campus. The staff at Wonthaggi Secondary College are dedicated professional educators who place importance on quality teaching and professional development. The College provides a caring, supportive environment whilst also encouraging teamwork, leadership and a sense of belonging. Students are encouraged to develop leadership skills through the Peer Support Program, the Student Representative Council and as elected student leaders.

Extensive recreational, sporting and educational facilities are available. These include a gymnasium (2 at the Dudley campus), library, canteen, computer centres, theatrette/drama room, courts and oval or playing fields at each campus. The College also enjoys access to extensive community recreational facilities, local beaches and coastal reserves.

The extensive grounds and buildings are well maintained and attractive. The College continues to focus on upgrading facilities and grounds.

In 2018, the College, with the support of the Victorian School Building Authority, saw construction commence on its new Senior Campus in McKenzie Street (Wonthaggi). This project also includes an extended three-court highball facility with extensive community facilities. The community facility is coordinated with our key partner, the Bass Coast Shire.

In 2019, the Minister for Education also announced the establishment of an additional junior Campus of our College in San Remo. This is anticipated to open in 2022.


We believe all students can learn and that all students can be successful.
We believe that individual well-being stems from a sense of accomplishment and belonging.
We believe there are different forms of success.


Wonthaggi Secondary College seeks to create a challenging learning environment that encourages high expectations for success through instruction that caters for individual differences and learning styles. Creativity and care are pillars of our learning environment.


Achieving success in a caring and creative environment.

Selection Criteria

SC1 Demonstrated experience and skills in coordinating a specific education support function.

SC2 Demonstrated capacity to supervise the work of other support staff and to develop procedures and guidelines relating to the work area.

SC3 Demonstrated high level oral and written communication skills.

SC4 Possess the technical knowledge and expertise relevant to the position.

SC5 Demonstrated capacity to provide advice and support to management in respect to the work area.

SC6 Demonstrated commitment to professional learning and growth for both self and others.


Performs and/or supervises tasks that are carried out in accordance with guidelines, accepted practice and school policy. This may include the supervision and coordination of other education support class staff within the work area or educational program. Supervision and coordination would be limited to ensuring routine tasks are performed to required standards. Input into identifying training needs and development of education support class staff within the work area or educational program becomes an important feature at range 2.

Specialised support to achieve specific outcomes is a feature of range 2. Typically this will involve accountability for a single function, (e.g. ensuring data is properly maintained) or the operation of a work area (e.g. managing the day to day operation of a school office) under the direction of the principal or another senior manager.

Provides support to teachers and students that is beyond the routine support provided at education support class Level 1, range 1. Within an educational program assists teachers with the coordination of the support function, such as directing/organising the work of other support staff or providing a specialist support role.

Undertakes medical intervention support tasks or other specialised student/teacher support roles that require specific training that must be updated from time to time. The role is for a specific purpose for which there will be direct accountability as opposed to support roles that are carried out by a range of staff performing routine tasks under direction.

Performs technical tasks that require a sound knowledge of basic technical and/or scientific principles that are used to develop and adapt work methods and make judgements where there are clear guidelines and limited options. Routine technical support in libraries, science and information technology laboratories would be typical examples.

An education support class position supports the educational services being provided to students, but must not include duties of teaching as defined in clause 2.6.1 of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic) or its successor. Supervision of students cannot be required except where it is an integral part of the employee's position or involves supervision of students individually or in small groups, in controlled circumstances, where the responsibility for students remains clearly with a teacher.


- Provide specialist advice, under supervision of senior personnel, to students in relation to the handling and use of materials and equipment.
- Advise and assist staff in safety matters relating to a specific functional area, e.g. handling of chemicals in a science laboratory.
- Assist with the provision of a reference service to teachers.
- Develop and implement safety procedures within work and/or teaching areas in accordance with school policy and relevant safety legislation.
- Advise teachers about technical components of curriculum implementation.
- Manage experiments and/or use of equipment and materials under the supervision of teachers and provide basic instruction where required.
- Initiate, design and develop basic computer systems and undertake routine software design.

Who May Apply

Individuals with the aptitude, experience and/or qualifications to fulfill the specific requirements of the position.

EEO AND OHS Commitment

The Department values diversity and is committed to workforce diversity and equal opportunity in schools and all education workplaces. The Department recognises that the provision of family friendly, supportive, safe and harassment free workplaces is essential to high performance and promotes flexible work, diversity and safety across all schools and Department workplaces.

Child Safe Standards

Victorian government schools are child safe environments. Our schools actively promote the safety and wellbeing of all students, and all school staff are committed to protecting students from abuse or harm in the school environment, in accordance with their legal obligations including child safe standards. All schools have a Child Safety Code of Conduct consistent with the Department’s exemplar available at

DET Values

The Department’s employees commit to upholding DET’s Values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. DET’s Values complement each school’s own values and underpin the behaviours the community expects of Victorian public sector employees, including those who work in Victorian Government Schools. Information on the DET values is available at

Other Information


The role of the Laboratory Technician is to work in partnership with Science teachers to provide effective learning outcomes for students, and a safe environment for staff and students.

The role entails delivering a range of services in complex situations, working autonomously under limited direction and instruction.


The role requires:

  1. highly developed communication and interpersonal skills to develop positive working relationships and effectively communicate, liaise and negotiate with teaching staff and other school based and external personnel
  2. the ability to relate to both students and staff in a supportive manner and to work efficiently in a team environment
  3. strong organisational skills and the ability to take on responsibility and work independently, including managing the competing demands of two campuses
  4. a qualification and/or skills which are relevant to a school science environment
  5. a general understanding of physical, chemical, biological, earth, environment and space science core concepts as they apply to the science curriculum
  6. a working knowledge of Occupational Health and Safety regulations and relevant codes of practice, the school’s safety policies and procedures, and risk assessment and hazard management requirements for the science area
  7. a working knowledge of chemical, biological and physics safety in science
  8. a working knowledge of the legislative requirements for the ethical use and care of animals, as well as other relevant licencing requirements
  9. knowledge of how to access, understand and maintain chemical management systems
  10. communication technology skills including email, word processing and spread sheet applications, internet searches and science computer programs
  11. the capacity to undertake professional learning to achieve best practice for school operations


  1. Liaise with science teachers on their needs for practical work
  2. Advise science teachers on technical components of the curriculum
  3. Assist science teachers with demonstrations, including acting as a demonstrator on occasions
  4. Trial, assess, design and develop appropriate practical activities
  5. Demonstrate skills and suggest relevant practical activities to science teachers
  6. Demonstrate skills and advise or train science teachers in using specialist science equipment
  7. Prepare, collate and purchase resources; give guidance regarding the suitability and suggest alternative resources
  8. Manufacture simple glassware/science equipment; source equipment and recommend new equipment to be purchased
  9. Service and clean simple laboratory apparatus/equipment; make minor repairs and liaise with repair services
  10. Prepare solutions, stains and media for use in the laboratory
  11. Maintain a safe chemical storage/handling/disposal system in accordance with current regulations; label, store, stocktake and order chemicals
  12. Collect off campus scientific materials and field samples
  13. Collect and maintain living specimens (in accordance with regulations)
  14. Care for or coordinate the care of flora and fauna within the science department, in accordance with current handling and prevention of cruelty regulations
  15. Understand and respond to workplace OHS risks and practices; support the compliance of procedures for safe work practices; assist in maintaining a safe work environment and train others in safe work practices; identify hazards, undertake risk assessments and design appropriate control measures to minimize hazards; advise and assist science teachers in safety matters relating to the science department
  16. Support the compliance of procedures for the care of flora and fauna, the preparation and disposal of microbiological and hazardous biological or chemical materials
  17. Prepare safety assessments for activities in the preparation area and assist teachers with preparation of safety assessments for classroom activities
  18. Work directly with students in the laboratory and on excursions
  19. Liaise with organisations and industries for purpose of acquiring resources and liaise with other schools to share resources
  20. Operate a petty cash system and assist with management of the science budgets
  21. Assist with stocktaking and record keeping; use correct procedures when ordering consumables and new equipment
  22. Attend professional learning and undertake relevant professional research and reading
  23. Plan and deliver professional learning for laboratory personnel and teaching staff
  24. Other duties as required by the Principal

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