School psychologists play a key role in supporting students, parents, teachers and school administrators.
With more than 550 school psychologists in public schools across Western Australia, we are the largest employer of psychologists in the state. We are a growing service, with a commitment to recruit more than 100 additional psychologists to provide support for students and promote positive mental health.
Working in a range of educational settings, school psychologists provide services in the areas of mental health and wellbeing, disability, behaviour, learning and motivation, incident management, change management and organisational development.
Our public schools are diverse, which means our students and their needs vary considerably. As a school psychologist, you have the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of many young people, working directly with students, school leaders and staff, parents, the community and interagency partners.
We have recently made changes to our qualification requirements. Please see 'Qualifications, eligibility and registration' or join one of our live chats for more information.
School Psychology in WA - Live chats
Join our live chats to find out about a career in our School Psychology Service including support, benefits, and our highly regarded Graduate Induction Program.
- Career benefits and opportunities
- Qualifications, eligibility and registration
- Leap into school psychology - Department-funded short courses
- Advanced Skills School Psychologist
- Senior School Psychologist
- Lead School Psychologist
Being a school psychologist is highly rewarding and has many benefits including a competitive starting salary, Board approved supervision, ongoing professional development opportunities and a highly regarded two-year Graduate Induction Program.
Opportunities for our school psychologists include:
- career development into senior positions and leadership roles
- flexibility for part-time work arrangements
- the possibility to work in specialised settings
- access to housing support in select regional areas, and
- travel concessions in some locations.
Our school psychologists can access:
- professional resources
- collegiate networking
- professional learning opportunities.
Our graduates and all new school psychologists are provided with comprehensive, fully funded support:
- Psychology Board of Australia approved supervision for graduates completing the 4+2 or 5+1 internship program; and
- a two-year Graduate Induction Program of professional learning.
In Western Australian public schools, you are able to work as a school psychologist if you hold or are eligible for provisional or general registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.
Please refer to the Psychology Board of Australia website for information about:
- the retirement of the 4+2 internship program
- overseas qualifications
- approved programs of study (with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council)
- eligibility for registration as a psychologist.
Registration with the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia is not required to work as a school psychologist.
Apply to our Graduate School Psychologist Pool on JobsWA.
Our Leap program gives graduate and experienced psychologists an opportunity to learn about the work of psychologists in schools.
The first part of the program focuses on school-specific psychological interventions and how psychologists work directly, indirectly and at a whole school level to improve outcomes for students in public schools.
You will then be given the opportunity to work alongside experienced school psychologists in a metropolitan area for the second week and gain hands on experience working in schools.
Our Leap program is suitable for:
- psychologists with general registration with the Psychology Board of Australia, looking to make a ‘leap’ into a school psychology career;
- psychologists with provisional registration considering employment as a graduate school psychologist.
The unique blended design of the Leap Program involves online and self-paced learning, together with face-to-face experience in schools. Modules One through Five are offered with a morning or evening session at a time to suit participants.
Term 4 program dates:
- Module One – Wednesday 12 October
- Module Two – Wednesday 19 October
- Module Three – Wednesday 26 October
- Module Four – Wednesday 2 November
- Module Five – Wednesday 9 November
- Work shadowing Part 1 – week beginning Monday 14 November (two days)
- Work shadowing Part 2 – week beginning Monday 21 November (two days)
- Presentations – Friday 2 December
As highly skilled and experienced practitioners, Advanced Skills School Psychologists demonstrate exemplary practice in the delivery of psychological and specialist support services to schools. They contribute to influencing the system and the school psychology profession.
Advanced Skills School Psychologist status recognises expert knowledge and exemplary standards of professional practice. Those who achieve this status are part of a select group of highly skilled school psychology professionals in the Department. School psychologists achieving this status have attained all the competency standards at Phase 3 of our Competency Framework for School Psychologists.
Senior School Psychologist status recognises the professional skills and competencies of experienced practicing school psychologists at Phase 2 of our Competency Framework for School Psychologists.
Lead School Psychologists support the professional practice of school psychologists in over 800 public schools, with the Department's Chief Psychologist, Chris Gostelow, as the leader of the School Psychology Service.
They undertake a key region and system role in supporting the professional practice of school psychologists. Lead School Psychologists also work with Regional Executive Directors and provide advice to the system on the most complex of cases.