Maintenance And Grounds Officer

Reference: 1189311

Location Profile

Dohertys Creek P-9 College is seeking an enthusiastic, innovative and energetic Facilities and Grounds Officer to work as part of a school team and school community to support our learning culture at our wonderful new school in Truganina.

Dohertys Creek P-9 College opened in 2019 and caters for children in P – 6 with the following years growing as a Primary School then eventually to Year 9.

The school is situated at 60 Elmhurst Road, Truganina East.

Our school is based on a relationship model and is inclusive.

Our school goal is to differentiate learning to meet every student’s needs.

Stage 1 of the build has seen a beautiful Administration building with purpose built classrooms and a gym arts area.

This is a really exciting time for the community and offers a great opportunity to establish a new school and learning culture from the start.

We aim to be a community school which is safe and secure and meets the needs of each individual young person.

Our Motto :

Balit Yirramboi- Strong Tomorrow


Our vision is to inspire and empower thinkers. We will create authentic relationships to enable successful living and wellbeing. We will become a recognized centre of educational excellence and inclusion.


Dohertys Creek College promotes and values academic excellence. We will provide a balanced and high quality personalised curriculum with a strong focus on student wellbeing. We will deliver a stimulating, nurturing environment and challenge all students to attain their highest potential both academically, socially, creatively and physically.


We are a school culture and community of people who are inspiring, accepting and non-judgmental.

Our values are: Respect, Kindness, Learning, Teamwork and Integrity.

Selection Criteria

SC1 Demonstrated ability and knowledge to carry out repairs and maintenance to school facilities and grounds (relevant trade qualifications/training would be beneficial but not neccesary)

SC2 Demonstrated experience and skills in coordinating, organising and determining work priorities relevant to the work area.

SC3 Demonstrated high level oral and written communication skills, including the ability to to work through issues constructively.

SC4 Demonstrated capacity to provide advice and support to management in respect to the work area.

SC5 Demonstrated commitment to professional learning and growth.


Hours of attendance: 7.45am - 3.15pm (includes 1/2 hour unpaid lunch break) 3 days a week.

Additional attendance of 10 days will be required during the school holidays. Days to be negotiated.

The Maintenance & Grounds Officer plays an integral role within the College by ensuring that the school’s buildings and grounds are well maintained and presented. It is expected that they will provide a high level of customer service and be competent in the provision of up to date and relevant information whilst ensuring that all work undertaken is done in a timely manner and is compliant with statutory obligations and DET standards.

The Maintenance & Grounds Officer fulfils an important public relations and customer service function by being one of the first points of contact for all staff with maintenance and grounds issues. It is important that the Maintenance & Grounds Officer operates in a consistent, professional, courteous and efficient manner at all times. The provision of accurate information is important as it projects a professional image which is the aim of Dohertys Creek College at all times. Adaptability to learn and undertake a diverse range of routine tasks is vital, particularly where the day to day priorities may vary considerably

Consistency is vital in all aspects of this role as the dissemination of consistent, accurate information is essential.

Education Support class Officers at range 2 peform and/or supervise 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.


Typical responsibilities include:

  • Working closely with the Business Manager & Principal to schedule, carry out and document planned maintenance to facilities and grounds, including but not limited to essential services, air conditioning, heating, electrical, plumbing, fire services, pest control, painting, concreting, engineering, glazing, carpentry.
  • To instruct and coordinate service contractors and ensure works are carried out with due regard to protection of the building and grounds an also with minimum disruption to school activities.
  • To take a ‘hands on’ role in performing daily maintenance tasks whenever required which will include: removal of graffiti, emergency maintenance, cleaning and deliveries.
  • To respond to service requests from staff for breakdowns and repairs and maintain records of such requests.
  • To identify, report and advise on major furniture, fixture and equipment renewal needs.
  • To assist with planning and staging of school events as required (eg. fete, Disco, Concerts) to ensure such matters as equipment and furniture relocation and facilities meet the needs of the school.
  • To respond to requests from staff to assist the moving of furniture and other heavy items around the school.
  • To respond to any emergency situations in an appropriate manner and undertake such other duties as may be required.
  • Monitor and replenish washroom supplies as necessary, as well as responding to any maintenance issues that may be identified by the cleaners.
  • Regular monitoring of school security ie. Open windows, unlocked doors, vandalism.
  • Comply with the College’s policies and procedures.
  • Weeding and garden maintenance as required.
  • Collection of rubbish around the school and disposal of litter into wheelie bins.
  • Sweeping of walkways and paved areas.
  • Daily walks around the school/grounds and note any graffiti and/or vandal damage, reporting to the Business Manager/Principal as required.
  • Removal of cobwebs throughout the school as required.
  • Other duties relevant to the field of responsibility as requested by the Business Manager or Principal


  • Induct contractors to ensure compliance with DET, worksafe & OH&S requirements and legislated standards.
  • Conduct and/or schedule work resulting from staff OH&S inspections.
  • Conduct OH&S and hazardous materials inspections of the building and grounds of the College.
  • Support the Principal & Business Manager in other areas of OH&S as required.

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

All applications should be submitted as a PDF, with all information (eg. cover letter / resume and Key Selection Criteria responses) included in one document.

Conditions of Employment

  • All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.
  • Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.
  • A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction and support programs provided.