Education Support- Home Economics Assistant

Part Time
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Ballarat High School - DET

Ballarat High School


TIME FRACTION:  23 hours per week, 0.61 EFT

SALARY:  ES Level 1, Range 1

EMPLOYMENT PERIOD:  22 February 2021 – ongoing





Ballarat High School has a long history and tradition of providing a quality education to the youth of Ballarat. While the school has changed physically over its hundred-year history, what has not changed is the significant contribution it makes to many young lives.


Our learning culture is supported by our Ballarat High School Learning Dispositions and the values of Pride, Respect and Responsibility. As a learning community, we are committed to educating the individual learner and focus on developing a growth mindset within our community. Our tradition of academic excellence combined with a long history of outstanding extracurricular programs and a supportive mentor program ensures the development of the whole student.

As a large school, we have a small team structure in place:

•             Years 7 and 8 learning teams

•             Year 9 ARCH Program

•             Years 10 to 12 learning teams

This structure supports every student in a safe and positive learning environment enabling all students to feel connected to their school. Every student is connected to a Learning Mentor, a teacher who will support them with their learning. We have high expectations of our students and teachers. We believe that high expectations encourage students to be responsible for their own learning and behaviour. We value and encourage parents to be actively involved in their child’s learning. We have a number of parent groups (Boat Club and Performing Arts Support) that make a significant contribution to our school.

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The holder of this position will work as a member of the Home Economics / Food Technology team at Ballarat High School, undertaking a range of tasks including cleaning of the kitchens and pantry areas, ordering of food products, receiving the deliveries of food and appropriate storage of food products. They would be also be responsible for the set up of trolleys for practical sessions.

As an ES staff member, the range of duties may be expanded in the future in accordance with the ES Range 1 General Duties.


Cleaning Duties:

·         Clean and sanitise kitchens, dining area and storage areas on a daily/weekly basis

·         Launder cloths and other kitchen linens.

·         Maintain laundry and cleaning supplies.

·         Additional cleaning tasks in kitchens, dining area, storage and staff areas is required each term.

Food Orders / Handling / Storage:

·         Receive and store stock.

·         Collate and place food orders with relevant suppliers.

·         Prepare for classes as per teachers’ requirements.

·         Place left over ingredients from days classes in appropriate storage facilities.

·         Manage and rotate stock.

·         Continually maintain food in storage areas.


·         Supplier Tax Invoices, checked on delivery and entered into database

·         Supply to Finance Manager on a monthly basis.

·         Actively liaise with suppliers and Finance Manager regarding refunds/credits.

Other Duties:
Participate in whole School activities when required.
Other duties to support Home Economics team as required.
Some manual handling/lifting will be required.
Human Resources:
Assist in the identification of own training needs.
Participate in a process of Performance Review.


Applicants are requested to present a written response to the key selection criteria below:

1.0       Demonstrated experience in the food industry, and a good knowledge of food handling safety standards.

2.0       An ability to communicate effectively, including a demonstrated high level of interpersonal skills when relating to staff, students, parents and the wider school community.

3.0       Demonstrated ability to follow direction, display initiative and work independently.

4.0       Demonstrated ability to utilise basic office equipment, and experience in the use of email, internet, Microsoft office suite and Google Drive.

5.0       Demonstrated commitment and capacity to actively uphold the School Values and positively contribute to a broad range of School activities as a member of the Home Economics team.

6.0       Hold, or be willing to undertake a Certificate IV in Food Safety for Food Handlers (or similar). Drivers licence and own vehicle would also be an advantage.


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


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

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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


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.


The cleaning component would be approximately 13 hours per week and be undertaken mostly outside class times. The food ordering/handling component would be approximately 10 hours per week and be undertaken throughout the week, as negotiated.

Split shifts can be required to effectively meet requirements.

Some flexibility may also be required to accommodate changing school timetables during the year.


Appointment of the successful applicant will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check. The successful applicant will be required to hold a Working with Children Card.

All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.

A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction support programs provided.

Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department’s Human Resources website at


Inquiries regarding the position can be directed to Mrs Lesley Thorpe (5338-9000).

Applications addressing the key selection criteria should be submitted via Recruitment Online or forwarded to Mrs Katie Gannon, Personnel Manager marked “Confidential – Home Economics Assistant Application”.

A CV including the names of three referees, contact numbers and email addresses should be included in the application.

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