Get answers to your questions about the School Counsellor Sponsorship Program.
Which sponsorship program am I eligible for?
Where do I find a list of programs of study that contain a three year sequence of APAC approved psychology studies?
What's the difference between the rural and metro programs?
Can I apply for both the rural and metro programs?
Am I eligible to apply if I am still studying?
How do I apply?
When should I submit my application?
Will late applications be accepted?
How can I be sure my application has been submitted?
Does my principal have to endorse my application?
Who should I use as a referee?
Where will interviews be conducted?
What does the selection process involve?
Will successful and unsuccessful applicants be notified of the outcome?
If my application has been unsuccessful, can I be provided with information as to why?
What are the commitments of a sponsorship recipient?
What financial support do successful applicants receive?
When are sponsorship recipients appointed to their permanent position?
Do sponsorship recipients who are appointed to rural or remote areas receive the same benefits and/or incentives that are available to the other teachers in that location?
What are the geographic areas of workforce need?
Where can I find out more?
Approved teachers who have completed a three year sequence of Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) approved psychology studies in the last 10 years can apply for the rural or metro School Counsellor in Training Program.
Approved teachers who have completed a minimum of two first year level psychology units that form part of an APAC approved sequence of study, with credit, in the last 10 years can apply for the psychology sponsorship. Once you have finished your three year sequence of psychology and a review of your academic transcript confirms you have maintained a minimum credit average, you will transition into the School Counsellor in Training Program as either a rural or metro participant.
Visit the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) website for a list of approved sequences of study. You will also find a list of approved sequences of study on the Psychology Board of Australia website.
The delivery mode for the rural sponsorship is via distance education while the delivery mode for the metro program is face-to-face in Sydney.
The School Counsellor in Training Program is a two year university program which provides participants with the fourth year of study required to become a school counsellor as well as in school experience through practical placements.
The academic program is delivered by the University of Wollongong, Sydney Business School Campus, Circular Quay.
If you live 100km or more from the Sydney Business School, Circular Quay, your study pattern will be delivered under the Rural School Counsellor in Training Program as an external student. You will be working as a school counsellor in training in NSW public schools three days per week.
You will be required to attend Intensives at both the Sydney Business School and the University of Wollongong up to five times during your first year of the program.
If you live within 100km of the Sydney Business School, Circular Quay, your study pattern will be delivered face to face under the Metropolitan School Counsellor in Training Program, attending the Sydney Business School two days per week. You will be working as a school counsellor in training in NSW public schools two days per week.
You will also be required to attend Intensives at both the Sydney Business School and the University of Wollongong up to five times during your first year of the program.
No, you are only eligible to apply for the Rural School Counsellor in Training Program if you live 100km or more from the Sydney Business School, Circular Quay. If you live less than 100km from the Sydney Business School, Circular Quay, then you are only eligible to apply for the Metropolitan School Counsellor in Training Program.
For the Metro and Rural School Counsellor in Training Programs, yes you can, as long as you meet the eligibility criteria and will complete your studies prior to the end of the calendar year.
For psychology sponsorship, you must have already completed your studies to be able to provide evidence of a credit grade (or above) for the two first year level psychology units at the time of application.
Applications must be submitted using the online application form. During the application period, an 'Apply now' button will be available on the School Counsellor Sponsorship Program web page. Outside the application period, you'll be able to sign up to receive an email notifying you when applications open.
We encourage applicants to commence and submit their applications as early as possible during the application period.
No. The deadline for accepting online applications is 11:59 on the closing date. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.
Once you submit your application, a confirmation email will automatically be sent to the email address you provided during the application process. Please keep a copy of that email for your records.
If you did not receive a confirmation email, please email the department's sponsored training team via firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes. As part of the application process, you will be asked to provide a supporting statement from your principal.
You should use a supervisor or colleague who can comment about your capabilities as a teacher. It is recommended that one of your referees be a current school counsellor.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview. Interviews will be conducted at the department's Oxford Street Office, 1 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010. Applicants based in rural and remote locations may request an interview via video conference from the closest departmental office. Sponsorships are offered to successful applicants in December for entry into the program at the start of Term 1, the following year.
The selection process involves a review of your application including your supporting statement, your academic record to date, principal and referee statements and the school education areas that you have nominated. Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to attend an interview.
Yes. Both unsuccessful and successful applicants are notified of the outcome via email once the selection process is completed. If you change your contact details after the closing date, please email your updated contact details to the sponsored training team via email@example.com
If you would like feedback on your application, contact the sponsored training team via firstname.lastname@example.org. Provision of feedback may not be readily available immediately after the selection process due to deadlines following recruitment. The sponsored training team will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.
Successful applicants are required to sign a Deed of Agreement with the department, committing them to:
- successfully completing the required studies and training
- accepting appointment as a permanent full time school counsellor to a NSW public school in an agreed location on completion of the required studies and training
- remaining in the permanent full time school counsellor position they are appointed to on completion of the required studies for a minimum period of two years.
All tuition fees related to the program are paid for by the department, along with university-based accommodation expenses to attend compulsory university residential sessions and examinations where overnight accommodation is necessary. For the Metro and Rural School Counsellor in Training Programs, sponsored teachers are also paid a full time teacher salary and a $300 general-purpose allowance when commencing the rural or metro counsellor sponsorship.
There is no provision for salary under the psychology sponsorship program.
On successful completion of the School Counsellor in Training Program and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology (School Counselling), sponsorship recipients are appointed to a full time permanent school counsellor position in a NSW public school in an agreed location.
Yes. On completion of a Graduate Diploma in Psychology and appointment to a permanent position, sponsorship recipients may be eligible for a wide range of incentives and benefits. The benefits vary from school to school. Use the benefits calculator to find out about the benefits and incentives that are available to teachers at individual schools.
The high-demand metropolitan locations include Bankstown, Blacktown, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Granville, Liverpool, Mount Druitt, Parramatta, Penrith and Windsor. The high-demand rural locations include Albury, Armidale, Batemans Bay, Bathurst, Bourke, Broken Hill, Central Coast, Clarence/Coffs Harbour, Deniliquin, Dubbo, Griffith, Maitland, Moree, Muswellbrook, Orange, Port Macquarie, Queanbeyan, Tamworth, Taree and Wagga Wagga.
If you can't find answers to your questions in the above FAQs, contact our sponsored training team via email@example.com or phone 1300 300 634