Join as a Graduate

Calling new Graduate Occupational Therapists and Speech Pathologists.

If you’re curious about what it takes to make the transition from graduation ceremony to a career in Occupational Therapy or Speech and Language Pathology, then join our People and Culture team for a live presentation about our Graduate Recruitment Program!

Our guest contributors are:

Lara Lasnitzki – Lara is an experienced clinician who has worked in private practice for over 20 years. She is enthusiastic about providing the best quality care for the families in her clinics and is constantly developing her skills in the latest evidence-based practice. Lara’s experience includes working with children attending independent, public and Catholic schools, as well as early learning centres and specialist schools for children with ASD. She brings particular enthusiasm working with children and enjoys working as part of a collaborative team including parents, teachers, specialist support staff and multidisciplinary medical and allied health professionals.

Shannon Weatherall – Occupational Therapist and recent graduate of the Early Start Australia Graduate Program.

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Early Start Australia is a growing organisation currently with clinics in the Australia Capital Territory, Queensland, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Victoria and Western Australia, and we are looking for graduate therapists who will complete their studies in 2021 to join our team.

All new graduates will complete a two week graduate induction which will include graduate workshops, online training and onboarding to your new clinic. This is where you will meet your new graduate colleagues and mentors to form strong relationships for support across your first year. Our dedicated graduate program also includes monthly training sessions, local supervision and mentorship.

The positions are ongoing and permanent (with a three-month trial period) and we will support you to build your career while providing continuity and service excellence to our clients.

By joining Early Start Australia you will:

  • Support children and their families living to achieve their goals that will give their life meaning and purpose, and support social change
  • Be part of a team that has a strong commitment to a positive culture and delivering outcomes that make a real difference to people’s lives
  • Be part of a national allied health organisation with opportunities to work around the country


  • You will be an employee, not a contractor – paid annual, personal leave, public holidays and insurance coverage
  • Extensive training in evidence-based, best practice assessment, therapy and support programs
  • Be part of a national organisation
  • Flexible working hours
  • Administrative and practice management support
  • Be part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Clinical supervision, professional development, coaching and mentoring
  • Individual professional development budget
  • Competitive remuneration
  • A laptop
  • Access to Employee Assistance Counselling
  • Access to Employment Hero – with access to Hero Shop – a discount marketplace with hundreds of products on offer at reduced prices, from groceries to movie tickets and electronics

We are actively recruiting graduates across all states and territories.

To register your interest, please send your CV and cover letter to [email protected]

Include details of your discipline (occupational therapist, speech pathologist, physiotherapist, psychologist) and which of our locations across Australia you would be interested in working at.

“It was such a great opportunity to participate in the new graduate training program with ESA. I enjoyed meeting other new graduate therapists from different practices as I was able to build connections with people who are also entering the workforce as newly qualified health professionals. I particularly appreciated the Q&A session with previous new graduate therapists who provided us with helpful tips and tricks for graduate life. I also valued hearing from speech pathologists and physiotherapists as it provided me with multidisciplinary knowledge I will be able to utilise throughout my career. I am grateful to ESA for providing me with such a valuable learning opportunity which has enabled me to make a smooth transition from student to therapist.”

Mikaylah – Occupational Therapist

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