Step 4 - Check for Special Requirements

Special requirements

Some courses have special requirements where work placements and clinical experience are part of the course structure.


Working with Children Check

All students applying to enter Bachelor of Arts (Counselling) courses will be required to comply with the working with children legislation requirements for New South Wales AND the State/Country in which their placement occurs.

Once you have accepted your offer to study at Avondale, applicants from NSW should work through the WWCC application process.

Students must take their proof of identity to NSW Roads & Maritime Services together with your Application number which usually starts with APP (this should have been emailed to you). The closest branch to Avondale College of Higher Education is Warners Bay or Toukley.

Within 4 weeks you should receive your clearance letter by email. Please supply your WWC number which usually starts with WWC to the Counselling Convenor – Paul Bogacs at by the commencement of classes.

FACT SHEET (16) How do I apply - for NSW students
FACT SHEET (15) Interstate applicants - for students coming from interstate


Working with Children Check

All students applying to enter Education courses will be required to comply with the working with children legislation requirements for New South Wales AND the State/Country in which their placement occurs.

Once you have accepted your offer to study at Avondale, applicants from NSW should work through the application process. The NSW Working with Children application is free to students enrolled in teacher education courses.

Students must take their proof of identity to a NSW Motor Registry branch to collect their WWCC card. The closest branch to Avondale College of Higher Education is Warners Bay or Toukley.

Evidence that you have done this will need to be provided to the School Placement Officer in the School of Education by the end of the Week 2 of classes.

For out of state placements, the School Placement officer will provide details, once placement school is chosen.

FACT SHEET (16) How do I apply - for NSW students
FACT SHEET (17) Interstate applicants - for students coming from interstate

Child Protection Awareness Training

All Education students are required to complete the Child protection awareness training online e-learning course. Once completed your training, the Professional Placement Officer will require a copy by scanning an emailing to

ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training

The New South Wales Department of Education and Communities requires that all teacher education students are trained in anaphylaxis management before they can undertake any professional experience in New South Wales public schools. We require that all education students comply, regardless of whether or not they plan to undertake placements in NSW schools. Evidence that you have completed this training will need to be provided to the School Placement Officer in the School of Education, so please make sure you print your certificate at the time you undertake the training. These can be emailed and scanned to or handed into the School of Education office.

*These requirements are subject to change. Current and further anaphylaxis information.
  • Bachelors of Education (Early Childhood - 0-5 years) need to select the course for Australasian childcare
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary) do the course for Australasian schools
  • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood/Primary 0 – 12 years need to do both sets of training
  • Students completing all other Education courses, need to select the course for Australasian schools

TIP: Each state has a different working with children form. If completing prac outside of NSW, please contact Emily Kilgour by emailing or phone 02 4980 2180


Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements are mandatory for all Bachelor of Nursing applicants. Be sure to read these carefully and think about whether you may experience challenges in meeting these requirements.

Clinical Placements

Clinical commences in Semester 2 for first year Bachelor of Nursing students who have successfully completed pre-requisite Level 1 units in the course. All clinical placements that are allocated are mandatory for 100% attendance.

Students will be caring for both male and female patients and will be expected to be available to attend clinical placements on rotating shifts (morning, afternoon and night), and are responsible for travel to and from venues. Although the majority of clinical venues are within the Sydney basin and Hunter New England local health district, there are some rural and remote NSW placements that may be utilised.

Now is the time to start getting ready for clinical placement because there are a number of special requirements that you will need to have satisfied prior to your commencement in the course.

On clinical orientation day during semester 1, you MUST bring the following:
  • National Police Check
  • Your record of vaccinations required for NSW Health nurses (bring evidence of progress if not already complete); including a completed TB Assessment form
  • NSW Health Code of Conduct for Clinical Placement
  • Senior First Aid or Apply First Aid Certificate
  • Working With Children Check

You are expected to begin this process as a matter of priority and can find out more information about these requirements by viewing the following NSW Health video.

If you are studying part time, please contact the clinical office to discuss your individual requirements (phone 02 9480 3626).

During semester 1, students are required to purchase an Avondale College of Higher Education nursing uniform to be worn during all laboratory sessions and on clinical placement from semester 2.

National Police Check

All full-time Nursing students enrolling in clinical units must have a current National Police Check that is specifically recognised by NSW Health. To obtain this check, visit the National Police Check website, complete the form, print and sign the applicable page and take the confirmation page and your original identification documents to your closest police station. The cost for the check is around $55. You need to take three forms of identification with you.

Identification documents include:
  • Photographic ID (must be current)
  • Current passport (Overseas students also need to show a current Australian visa)
  • Government issued driver’s license

Other forms of ID (must be current)
  • Citizenship Certificate
  • Birth Certificate
  • Proof of Age Card (Government issued)
  • Identification card issued by the Commonwealth or a State of Territory as evidence of entitlement to a financial benefit
  • Union or Professional Membership Card
  • Avondale College of Higher Education Student ID Card (make sure the name on this matches your National Police Check)
  • Council Rates notice
  • Utility Account (eg. Electricity, gas, water, telephone)
  • Medicare card
  • EFTPOS/Credit/Debit cards (only one per institution)
  • Marriage certificate and/or Change of Name Certificate from Births, Deaths and Marriages

Adult Vaccination Record Card

Your Vaccination Record Card must be completed by your medical practitioner with appropriate clinical practice stamps and signatures. Take your school student vaccination records with you when you visit your doctor. Contact your local public health unit for your school student vaccination record (approx $33) if you need a copy.

All students must have a Vaccination Record Card. You must show this card in progress at clinical orientation and it must be completed and checked well before commencing your clinical practice. (Students on Sydney campus will have their Vaccination Record Card checked on orientation day. Students on Lake Macquarie campus will have their Vaccination Record Card checked within the first two weeks of classes)You should also retrieve and provide any historical vaccination records (eg: School vaccination records) at time of clinical orientation.

A NSW Health Vaccination Card will be provided to you to complete and carry with you to venues as required. When all vaccination requirements have been met, you will be issued with a NSW Health Compliance Certificate.

It is your responsibility to show the Vaccination card to clinical office staff at clinical orientation, whenever the card is updated with more information and again at a scheduled NSW Health Compulsory Compliance Day (this information is subject to the Avondale College Privacy Policy)

Vaccination Screening Requirements for Nurses

A Vaccination Record is required for all nursing students. This must be shown at clinical orientation and updated prior to commencing clinical practice.

NSW Health Policy Directives related to vaccinations must be followed - Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specified Infectious Diseases. Within this directive, INFORMATION SHEET 4, FORM 2 and FORM 3 require your specific attention.

Keep in mind that acceptable evidence of protection against specified infectious diseases includes:
  • Written record of all vaccination signed and officially certified by a medical practitioner, stamped & dated and
  • Documented 1 x adult dose of dTpa vaccination adult dose of diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis) and
  • For Hepatitis B, a documented full course of Hepatitis B immunisation (3 dose course of immunisations or age appropriate course) and serological confirmation of Hepatitis B immunity and
  • To doses of Measles/Mumps/Rubella, and Varicella (chicken pox) immunisations OR positive serology results, and/or
  • Other evidence (Including Tuberculosis screening if required), as specified in the table in the NSW Health information

TST (tuberculin skin test) screening is required if you were born in a country with a high incidence of Tuberculosis (TB), or have resided for a cumulative time of 3 months or longer in a country with a high incidence of TB, check here for further information.

In certain specialised clinical settings, for example, in transplant, oncology or neonatal wards, the health facility may require serological evidence of protection (in addition to evidence of vaccination or other evidence) to ensure that the risk to vulnerable patients is reduced.

Students who are pregnant or have some other reason for concern with vaccinations should seek further medical advice.

Students must co-operate with the requirements of the NSW Health Policy Directive. It should be noted that non-participation in the vaccination and screening program may increase a student’s risk of contracting a disease through exposure to affected patients in the clinical area and would most likely also lead to the refusal of a NSW Health venue or private health service venue from accepting a student for a clinical placement. The Avondale Nursing School does not take responsibility for the student not being able to meet or complete course requirements in the usual manner resulting from non-participation in this vaccination and screening program.

If you refuse to participate in any vaccinations it is most important that you discuss the issue with the Faculty Dean prior to enrolment. Current advice indicates that very limited clinical opportunities exist for non-vaccinated students and employment as a Registered Nurse in health facilities at the completion of your course may be very restricted, if at all.

The Faculty Dean may be contacted through Nursing Reception, phone 02 9480 3630.
The Clinical Placement coordinator can be contacted through Clinical Reception, phone 02 9480 3626.

Code of Conduct for Clinical Placement

The NSW Health Policy Directive related to Code of Conduct must be read, understood and followed - Code of Conduct. You must review the Code of Conduct policy and be able to complete and sign the 'Code of Conduct Agreement for Students undertaking Clinical Placements' at clinical orientation. By agreeing to the Code of Conduct you undertake that if you are charged or convicted of any criminal offence after the date of issue of your Nationalal Police Certificate or while you are completing your course, that you will notify NSW Health before continuing with any clinical placement. You will also be agreeing to abide by the provisions set out in the Code of Conduct at all times during your clinical placements within NSW Health Facilities. Failure to do so may lead to withdrawal from your clinical placments within NSW Health.

First Aid Certificate

You will need to complete or have a current Apply First Aid or Senior First Aid Certificate by a recognised training body. Your certificate must be current and valid for the entirety of your enrolment in first year units of study..

Sydney Adventist Hospital offers Apply First Aid courses throughout the year. If you are a new nursing student and would like to complete a one-day course at the hospital, call 02 9487 9207 and mention you are an Avondale nursing student to receive a discount.

Working With Children Check (WWCC)

This is a condition for clinical placement as our local NSW Health partner has made this a mandatory requirement. As a student you can obtain the volunteer WWCC. Apply online on the following link:

TIP: It is important you retrieve documented immunisation history, start your vaccinations and complete your first aid training as soon as you accept your offer into the Bachelor of Nursing.

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