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Qualified Trainer, Instructor Trainee - Melbourne, Australia

  • Generous Salary Packaging, ADO's and other benefits
  • Be part of a dynamic and diverse team of internationally-qualified and experienced instructors
  • Train in our internationally recognised mobility centre, the only one of its kind in Australia
  • $67,697 starting base salary!

Vision Australia is a leading national provider of blindness and low vision services in Australia.

Vision Australia Seeing Eye Dogs is a national organisation that established its first school for training dog guides in Victoria, on the 10th April 1960.

Vision Australia exists to support people who are blind or have low vision to live the life they choose. Vision Australia provides services to more than 25,500 people clients from 35 Vision Australia centres in Victoria, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia; and through outreach programs in the Northern Territory and Tasmania

An exciting opportunity awaits an experienced Qualified Trainer, Instructor Trainee to join our team in Kensington, operating from our flagship mobility centre.


As a Qualified Trainer, Instructor Trainee at Vision Australia you will under the supervision of a qualified instructor: 

  • Train dogs, to matching status, within the timeframe allotted
  • Interview client applicants to assess suitability for training
  • Train clients of all capabilities in the use of a Seeing Eye Dog, and how to care for and maintain their dog
  • Provide aftercare and follow-up to clients in the field, engaging creative and critical thinking, collaboration, and good problem solving skills
  • Participate in community education and public relations activities in order to increase community awareness of Seeing Eye Dogs, and Vision Australia’s, services


To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Qualified as a Guide Dog Trainer, as defined by the International Guide Dog Federation standards, with a minimum three years’ experience
  • Experience as an instructor with an International Guide Dog Federation accredited organisation
  • Advanced effective communicating skills including presentation and public speaking, written communications and a proven ability to collaborate with multiple departments within the organisation
  • Advanced staff training, coaching, and mentoring skills
  • Proven ability to meet the physical demands of the job, including walking up to 12 kilometers a day in all weather, and handling young, active dogs up to 30kg

We’re always on the lookout for energetic, motivated people who share our values to be Person Centred, Accountable, Collaborative, Commercially Focused and Agile.

Do you want to become a part of a team that supports a future where our clients have the opportunity like never before to live the life they choose? Please select the 'Apply' button below to be taken to our online application process.

Applications should consist of a full resume and a cover letter. Candidates should address the essential job competencies as outlined the position description and should also consider and be able to demonstrate Vision Australia’s organisational values which are central to the organisation’s culture. Applications should be uploaded as a word file. Please note pdf documents are not accepted for accessibility reasons.

As part of Vision Australia’s commitment to being an inclusive employer and embedding a culture where staff, volunteers and clients can be themselves and feel safe, and to protecting the best interests and safety of children and vulnerable people, successful applicants will be subject to a number of pre-employment checks including criminal history and working with children.

For more information about working at Vision Australia go to www.visionaustralia.org/careers 

We encourage applications from candidates who are blind or have low vision.

Closing date: 7th August 2019