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 Counselling courses in 2018 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.

As an international student you will need to work through the application process once you arrive on campus.

To do this, take your proof of identity to a NSW Roads & Maritime Services branch together with your Application number which usually starts with APP (this should have been emailed to you). The closest branches to Avondale are Warners Bay, Toukley or Tuggerah.

Within 4 weeks you should receive your clearance letter by email. Please supply your WWCC number which usually starts with WWC to the Counselling Strand 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

As part of your course pattern of study, you will be required to take Cross-Institutional study through the University of New England (UNE). You will need to complete the Home Provider Endorsement Form. and return it to Admissions. The Home Provider Name is Avondale College of Higher Education. Fill in your name, the course title (the course you are enrolled in at Avondale) and the unit title and code you plan to study at UNE and email it to or fax it to 02 4980 2151 as soon as possible. If you are a Semester One student, you will apply for PSYC101 – Introduction to Psychology I.

The Avondale Academic Registrar will complete your form and then send it back to you to upload onto your UNE online application.

You will need to Apply Online by using the following prompts:
  1. Go to the Online Application Portal
  2. Start a New Application
  3. Select a Residency type
  4. Select the type of course you want to study - Cross Institutional
  5. Select the commencement period you would like to apply for
  6. Apply Now
  7. Click on Unit Choices
  8. Select Undergraduate for level of study
  9. Select part-time for how you would like to study
  10. Select Full-fee option as preferred fee option
  11. Enter in the code for the unit you wish to enrol in at UNE - eg PSYC101
  12. Add a relevant Trimester
  13. Upload documents - this is where you will need to upload your Home Provider Endorsement Form which you should receive back from Admissions. This is your form signed by the Avondale's Academic Registrar giving you approval for study with UNE
  14. Where it states to Upload your Academic Record - you don't need to upload anything
  15. Save

Please add a note in the 'Additional Notes' section to say that you are applying from Avondale.
If you require help completing your application, please contact UNE on 1800 818 865.

An official transcript of your grade/s from cross-institutional study must be received by the Academic Office no later than the published deadline for grade upload for prospective graduates prior to your graduation, and earlier if possible so that the advanced standing can be officially recorded. Upon successful completion of the unit/s at UNE, it is the student's responsibility to submit a copy of the official transcript with the grades obtained.

Students applying to study Music at Avondale will need to successfully audition and complete music proficiency tests before being accepted into the program. Details on the audition and evaluation process are available here.


Working with Children Check(WWCC)

All students applying to enter Education courses will be required to comply with the relevant working with children legislation. It is important for students to be aware of the following:

  1. Students who are enrolled in any four-year Education degree and who will be completing their teaching course on-campus, will need to have obtained a New South Wales working with children check by the end of their first year at Avondale College of Higher Education.
  2. Students will need to individually obtain a working with children check in any state or territory in which they intend to complete a professional placement. This needs to be obtained in advance of going on professional placement. Students will not be able to proceed with a professional placement unless this has been obtained.
  3. Students enrolled in a Master of Teaching degree will need to obtain a working with children check before the start of their first semester of study. This needs to be obtained from the state within which they are studying. They will also need to individually obtain a working with children check in any state or territory in which they intend to complete a professional placement. Students will not be able to proceed with a professional placement unless this has been obtained.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Professional Experience Officer:

Child Protection Awareness Training

All Education students are required to complete the Child protection awareness training online e-learning course. Evidence you have completed your training is to be copied and scanned to the Professional Placement Officer by email to

ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training

The New South Wales Department of Education and Communities requires that all education students are trained in anaphylaxis management before they undertake any professional experience. All education students must comply, regardless of whether or not they plan to undertake placements in NSW schools. Evidence that you have completed this training needs to be provided to the School Placement Officer in the Discipline of Education. Please ensure you print your certificate at the time you undertake the training. This should then be scanned and emailed to or handed into the Discipline of Education office.

Current and further anaphylaxis information.
  • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Birth – 5 years) need to do the course for Australasian childcare
  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) need to do the course for Australasian schools
  • Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Teaching (Birth – 12 years) need to do both sets of training
  • Students completing all other Education courses need to do the course for Australasian schools

Please note: these requirements are subject to change.

Fitness for Teaching

Teaching is a demanding career and there are both legal and Avondale College of Higher Education requirements that need to be met by anyone choosing to enrol in an Education Course. At any stage of the course, you may be asked to provide medical proof of fitness for teaching if the need arises. The requirements are:
  • Demonstrate sound cognitive, mental, emotional and physical health, and be able to cope with the varying demands of classroom situations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to cope with stressful situations in a calm and rational manner.
  • Demonstrate the ability to maintain duty of care regarding students at the placement school, including relating to students in an age appropriate and professional manner.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to interact in a positive manner with students of diverse cultural, socio-economic and religious backgrounds.
  • Demonstrate the ability to model appropriate literacy and numeracy skills in the classroom.

Pre-service teachers who feel they may have a condition that prevents them from meeting any of the above requirements that demonstrate fitness for teaching should contact the College Equity Officer to discuss the matter further before they enrol in an Education course.

Students applying to study Music at Avondale will need to successfully audition and complete music proficiency tests before being accepted into the program. Details on the audition and evaluation process are available here.


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 placements commence 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 with 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 Orientation Day, 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
  • 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).

At the commencement of the semester, 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
Follow the instructions, uploading three forms of identification and a selfie, approximate cost $53.00

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 completed form, or 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 by NSW Health.

It is your responsibility to show the Vaccination card to clinical office staff at clinical orientation, 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

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 which takes 6 months to complete or age appropriate course) and serological confirmation of Hepatitis B immunity, and
  • Two 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. For further information see:

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 will 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 Discipline of Nursing 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 there are no clinical opportunities for non-vaccinated students and employment as a Registered Nurse in health facilities at the completion of your course may be very restricted, if allowed at all.

The Head of Discipline of Nursing may be contacted through Nursing Reception, phone 02 9480 3627.
The Clinical Placement coordinator can be contacted through Clinical Reception, phone 02 9480 3626.

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 College nursing student to receive a discount.

Working With Children Check (WWCC)

This is a condition for clinical placement as our health providers have 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 your documented immunisation history, start your vaccinations and complete your first aid training as soon as you accept your offer into the Bachelor of Nursing course.


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