Post-Admission Requirements

Some courses have special requirements where clinical placements, professional experience and/or cross-institutional study is an integral part of the course. It is important you begin your preparations now for meeting these requirements.

IMPORTANT: Students enrolling in units or courses requiring practical or work experience must comply with public health orders and other government and industry requirements. These may include mandatory vaccinations, such as for the coronavirus (COVID-19), and police and working with children checks. You will be notified about any applicable orders or requirements. Failure to comply may mean you cannot complete the unit or course for which you have enrolled.

Counselling & Psychology

Working with Children Check (WWCC)

Students enrolled in Counselling and Psychology courses are required to comply with the working with children legislation requirements for New South Wales as well as the State/Country in which their placement occurs.

You will need to apply for a Working With Children Check (WWCC) online through the Office of the Children’s Guardian. Once you have applied, email your application number to the course convenor - [email protected]


Cross-institutional Study

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 a Home Provider Endorsement Form and return it via email to [email protected] as soon as possible.


To assist you with you completing the form, refer to the following information:
  • Home Provider Name: Avondale University
  • Title of the current program towards which credit will be granted: the course title (the course you are enrolling in at Avondale)
  • The UNE unit/s to count towards your current program: i.e. Semester 1: PSYC101 – Introduction to Psychology 1

The office of the Avondale Academic Registrar will complete your form, giving you approval for study with UNE, and send it back to you ready to upload with your UNE online application.

To complete your application for cross-institutional study:
  • Go to the UNE Online Application Portal
  • Click on the ‘Create Account’ button
  • Complete the UNE Account Registration Form
  • Select a residency type
  • Select the type of course you want to study - i.e. Cross-Institutional
  • Select the commencement period you would like to apply for
  • Click on ‘Apply Now’
  • Click on ‘Unit Choices’
  • Select the level of study: Undergraduate
  • Select how you would like to study: Part-time
  • Select an attendance mode: Online
  • Select your preferred fee option: Full fee
  • Enter in the unit ID of the course you wish to enrol in at UNE - e.g. PSYC101
  • Add to the relevant Trimester
  • Upload documents - this is where you will need to upload your completed and signed Home Provider Form. You will also be required to upload your most recent academic record/transcript.
  • In the ‘Additional Notes' section, state that you are applying from Avondale University.
  • Click on ‘Save’

TIP: If you require help completing your application, please contact UNE on 1800 818 865.


NOTE: Upon successful completion of the unit/s at UNE, it is the student's responsibility to obtain an official transcript with the grade(s) for cross-institutional study. This transcript must be supplied to Student Administration Services 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.


Clinical Placements

Clinical placements commence in Semester two (2) for first-year Bachelor of Nursing students, provided students successfully complete pre-requisite Level 1 units. All allocated clinical placements are mandatory with 100% attendance required.

Students are expected to attend clinical placements on rotating shifts (morning, afternoon and night) and are responsible for travelling to and from placement sites. Although the majority of clinical placement sites are within the Sydney basin and Hunter New England Local Health District, some rural and remote placements may be utilised.

Student Clearances for Clinical Placements

NSW Health requires that all students enrolled in courses that involve clinical placements in NSW Public Health Facilities must comply with NSW Health policies.



NOTE: Any fees relating to the completion of these requirements must be met by students.

IMPORTANT: Now is the time to prepare for clinical placement. Several requirements will need to be satisfied prior to commencing the course with some vaccinations taking months to complete. It is your responsibility to read, understand and action the requirements well in advance of commencing your studies.

If you are studying part-time, please contact the Clinical Placement Officer to discuss your individual requirements.

E: [email protected]
P: +61 2 9480 3625

National Criminal Record Check (NCRC)

All students must obtain a National Police Check Certificate that is specifically recognised by NSW Health (i.e. must be obtained through the Australian Police Force or a CrimTrac Accredited Broker Agency). For overseas students and/or students with a criminal disclosure, there are additional requirements.



For a list of CrimTrac Accredited Broker Agencies, visit the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission.



All students must demonstrate acceptable evidence of protection against specified infectious diseases. All evidence of protection must be provided on an NSW Health Vaccination Record Card for Health Care Workers and Students, as stated in the NSW Health Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specified Infectious Diseases policy.


All students must have an annual flu vaccination and provide evidence of vaccination (during the flu season) to reduce the risk to vulnerable patients.

Students must co-operate with the requirements of NSW Health. 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. It will also lead to the refusal of an NSW Health and/or private health placement site from accepting a student for a clinical placement. Avondale University is not responsible for the student not being able to meet or complete course requirements in the usual manner resulting from non-participation in assessment, screening and vaccination.

If you refuse to participate, it is most important that you discuss the matter with the Faculty Dean prior to enrolment. Current advice indicates there are no clinical opportunities for non-compliant students and employment as a Registered Nurse at the completion of your course may be very restricted, if allowed at all.

To make an appointment with the Dean and/or the Nursing Head of School, phone Nursing Reception on +61 2 9480 3630. Alternatively, phone the Clinical Office on +61 2 9480 3620 to speak with the Clinical Coordinator.

Vaccination Record Card for Health Care Workers and Students

Nursing students will be supplied with an 'NSW Health Vaccination Record Card for Health Care Workers and Students' during orientation. When all vaccination requirements have been met, NSW Health will issue you with an NSW Health Compliance Certificate.

NOTE: Vaccination record cards must be completed by a medical practitioner (i.e. doctor/nurse immuniser) with each entry to be certified by the vaccination provider (i.e. clinic/practice stamp, full name and signature).

First Aid Certificate

You will need to complete, or have, a 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 (SAN) offers a one-day first aid course. A discount is provided to Avondale nursing students by applying for the concession rate when enrolling.



Working with Children Check (WWCC)

This is a mandatory requirement for students at the request of clinical placement sites.

You will need to apply for a Working With Children Check (WWCC) online through the Office of the Children’s Guardian. Once you have applied, email your application number to the Nursing Clinical Office - [email protected]



During orientation, you will be required to present the following documentation:
  • Australian National Police Check Certificate
  • First Aid or Senior First Aid Certificate
  • Working with Children Check
  • Other documents outlined in NSW Health policies will be supplied on the day

NOTE: Vaccination record cards and other evidence will be checked on compliance day. You will be notified about compliance day on Moodle and an appointment time will be sent to your Avondale student email.

NSW Health Compulsory Compliance Day

Staff from NSW Health will verify and record the compliance of students in ClinConnect (a web-based application for managing clinical placements) prior to the commencement of their first clinical placement. NSW Health Compulsory Compliance Day will be included in the semester timetables.

Students must complete the mandatory requirements:
  1. Criminal Record Checks
  2. Code of Conduct
  3. Immunisation

NOTE: For a breakdown of what is required along with links to the forms you are required to complete and submit on the day, refer to the NSW Health checklist and policy directive.




At the commencement of the semester, students are required to purchase an Avondale University nursing uniform. Your uniform must be worn during all laboratory sessions and while on clinical placement. The uniform consists of a chambray shirt with the Avondale University logo, blue uniform trousers or skirt, and enclosed black leather shoes. Students are required to have their hair off their face and collar. Only wedding rings (without stones) and one set of stud earrings is acceptable. No false nails or nail polish is allowed within clinical areas; nails must be kept trimmed. Students will be informed regarding the purchase of uniforms at the beginning of semester one (1).


Working with Children Check(WWCC)

Students enrolled in education courses are required to comply with the working with children legislation requirements for New South Wales as well as the State/Country in which their placement occurs.

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 an NSW WWCC no later than the end of their first year at Avondale University.
  2. Students enrolled in a Master of Teaching degree will need to obtain an NSW WWCC before the start of their first semester of study.
  3. All students will need to individually obtain an NSW WWCC (or equivalent), as well as the equivalent 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 are not permitted to commence a professional placement until they are cleared.

You will need to apply for a Working With Children Check (WWCC) online through the Office of the Children’s Guardian. Once you have applied, email your application number to the Professional Experience Placement Officer - [email protected]


Child Protection Awareness Training

All students enrolled in education courses are required to complete Child Protection Awareness Training, a self-paced online e-learning course through the NSW Department of Education. Once completed, scan and email evidence of completion to the Professional Experience Placement Officer - [email protected]


ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training

The NSW Department of Education requires that all education students are trained in anaphylaxis management before they undertake any professional experience. Students must comply, regardless of whether or not they plan to undertake placements in NSW schools.

Students enrolled in the:
  • Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Teaching (Birth – 12 years) are required to do ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training for Australasian schools and ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training for Early Childhood Education/Care.
  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) and all other education courses are required to do ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training for Australasian schools.

Once completed, please print, scan and email your certificate(s) to the Professional Experience Placement Officer - [email protected]


NOTE: These requirements are subject to change. Students must keep abreast of Education and Care national law and regulations.

National Literacy and Numeracy Test (LANTITE)

All students in education courses are required to successfully pass a national literacy and numeracy test. Students are unable to participate in their final professional experience placement unless they successfully pass this test.


Fitness for Teaching

Teaching is a demanding career and there are both legal and Avondale University requirements that need to be met by every student enrolled 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 a 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, socioeconomic and religious backgrounds;
  • Demonstrate the ability to model appropriate literacy and numeracy skills in the classroom.

If do not meet the above requirements, contact the Equity & Disability Officer on +61 2 4980 2118 before enrolling in an education course.

Ministry & Theology

AdSafe - Safe Churches Training

Students who enrol in ministry and/or theology courses may be required to obtain an AdSafe certificate of completion for Safer Churches Training to meet the requirements for church ministry units.