Student Wellbeing Worker – school based

ICYS seeks to employ one person to work across 2 schools in the Lockyer Valley, 4 days/week:

Title: Student Wellbeing Worker – school based
Program: Student Welfare Worker (SWW) and Chaplaincy Program
Hours and Term: 10-12 hours/week per school during school term only, Casual, fixed-term contract to the 9th December 2022 (possible extension re-commencing Term 1 2023 – subject to funding extension).  Total of 20-24 hours/week over 4 days (hours/days to be negotiated on appointment)
Location: This role combines 2 x primary schools in the Lockyer Valley: Glenore Grove State School (primary school) and Forest Hill State School (primary school) located in Lockyer Valley
Award: Social, Community, Home Care & Disability Services Industry Award 2010 (QLD TPEO rates) Level 2.4 (currently $39.71/hour – casual)
Responsible to: ICYS Programs Manager and ICYS CEO
Accountable to: ICYS CEO and ICYS Management Committee

About ICYS:

ICYS Ipswich Community Youth Service, a not-for-profit community based organisation, has been providing assistance and support to at-risk children, young people, their families and their communities in the Ipswich and surrounding regions since 1983.  As a multi-service organisation, ICYS provides a range of support programs and activities to assist and empower young people to make positive choices and decisions for their future. 

For 38 years, ICYS has been providing support and assistance to children and young people based on individual need including assistance with educational engagement, housing and homelessness, vocational training, employment assistance, crime prevention & intervention, information, referral, advocacy, practical assistance, drop-in, emergency relief and recreational activities in the Ipswich and surrounding regions. 

Each year ICYS provides direct services to thousands of children and young people across five Local Government Areas (Ipswich, Somerset, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and the western suburbs of Brisbane) from our offices in Ipswich and Lowood and within our partner schools.

Position Outline:

The role of the Student Wellbeing Worker (SWW) or Chaplain is to provide social, emotional, practical support and linkages to the broader community.  The specific work plan of a SWW / Chaplain is negotiated with each school Principal and ICYS Management and is based on the specific needs of each school community.

The ICYS Student Welfare Worker and Chaplaincy Program is funded by the Queensland State Government (and with Federal Government funding for Chaplaincy positions) to provide additional support to students and families as part of the school support teams.  ICYS has been delivering SWW services in schools since 2015 and currently has 9 (soon to be 10) active contracts with local schools that prioritise students, family and community at their core.  We are proud to currently partner with some exceptional schools to deliver the SWW / Chaplaincy program: Ipswich West State School, Goodna Special School, Riverview State School, Glenore Grove State School, Bundamba State School, Amberley District State School, Jindalee State School, Toogoolawah State School and Toogoolawah State High School. 

Schools benefit from having a SWW or Chaplain employed at ICYS due to our strong community links and our 25 years delivering school-based programs.  ICYS currently have formal partnerships with 9 State Primary Schools, 5 State High Schools and 1 Special School across the Brisbane, Ipswich, Somerset and Lockyer Valley regions through our Student Welfare Worker / Chaplaincy and Youth Support Coordinator programs.    


  1. Please read the Position Description: PD Student Wellbeing Worker_Chaplain Feb2022 and submit an application letter expressing your interest in the position to (maximum 2 pages);
  2. Your application letter must clearly outline how you meet the Position Prerequisites listed on page 4 of the Position Description; and
  3. This letter must be accompanied by a current resume including at least 2 referees (at least one must be a recent supervisor).

Application closing date has been extended due to Ipswich flooding weather event: Midnight Sunday 13th March 2022