Therapy Assistant

Melbourne, Australia
23 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
10 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term

Autism Playmates is a specialist provider of the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), an evidenced based intervention model for toddlers, aged 1 ½ to 3 ½, with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Autism Playmates is a community based program of the Victorian Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre.

Under the supervision of an ESDM Certified Therapist, an experienced allied health or education professional who specialises in working with young children with ASD, successful candidates will deliver the ESDM in a child’s home and/or early learning centre (childcare or kindergarten). Children and families enrolled in Autism Playmates live within a 45-minute drive of La Trobe University Bundoora Campus and commit to 10+ hours of intervention per week, for 10-12 months.

Successful candidates will initially complete a 3-day training in the ESDM before starting to embed the child’s individual goals into their play and daily routine.  The hours of work are completed during business hours (9am-5pm Monday to Friday) on La Trobe University working days.  For example, 3 x 3.5hour shifts per week. 

Candidates must be currently enrolled in a Bachelor or higher degree in a relevant discipline (such as psychology, speech pathology, occupational therapy or education) and have experience working with children. Alternatively, candidates must have completed a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. This position is open to people with Australian citizenship or the appropriate work visa and a current Working with Children Check.


Depending on the successful application’s qualification, the position attracts an hourly wage of HEO2 ($30.80) or HEO3 ($32.42), plus 9.5% superannuation.

Closing date: 11 pm Sunday 10th December 2017

How to apply:

By submitting your application via the ‘APPLY NOW’ button. Any applications submitted in any other format may not be considered. Applications must include a cover letter and resume.

Recruitment Timeline:

  • Monday 18th December, 2017: Interview shortlisted candidates
  • Friday 2nd February, 2018: Induction training
  • February, 2018: 3-day ESDM paraprofessional workshop

Position Enquires:          

Gabrielle Toscano, 9479 2122

Katherine Pye,,au 9479 2122