FAQs

Get answers to your questions about the School Counsellor Sponsorship Program.

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 either the Rural or Metro School Counsellor in Training Programs.

Approved teachers who have completed a minimum of two years of APAC approved psychology studies, with a credit average, 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 a  School Counsellor in Training Program.

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The department doesn’t endorse any individual program of study and accepts any program of study which is approved by APAC.

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.

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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.

Recent changes to the registration requirements for psychologist by the Psychology Board of Australia will result in a change to the School Counsellor in Training Programs from 2021 onwards.

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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.

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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 three year sequence of psychology studies prior to the end of the 2019 calendar year.

For psychology sponsorship, you must have completed two years of a three year sequence of psychology studies within the last 10 years and received no less than a credit average in your studies. Alternatively, if you are completing your two year sequence of approved psychology studies in semester 2, 2019, you must provide your academic results to date and evidence of enrolment for semester 2, 2019.

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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.

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We encourage applicants to commence and submit their applications as early as possible during the application period.

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No. The deadline for accepting online applications is 11:59pm on the closing date. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

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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 and have checked your junk folder, please email the department's sponsored training team via sponsoredtraining@det.nsw.edu.au

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Yes. As part of the application process, you will be asked to provide a supporting statement from your principal along with one other supporting statement from a supervisor or colleague.

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As well as your principal, you should ask a supervisor or colleague who can comment about your capabilities as a teacher. It is encouraged to ask a current school counsellor to support your application.

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Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview. Interviews will be conducted at the department's 105 Phillip Street, Parramatta Office. Applicants based in rural and remote locations may request an interview via video conference from the closest departmental office or school if you are currently employed by the department.

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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.

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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 sponsoredtraining@det.nsw.edu.au

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If you would like feedback on your application, contact the Sponsored Training Team via sponsoredtraining@det.nsw.edu.au. 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.

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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.

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For the Psychology Sponsorship Program, all tuition fees related to completing your three year sequence of psychology 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.

There is no provision for salary under the Psychology Sponsorship Program.

For the Metro and Rural School Counsellor in Training Programs, all tuiton fees related to the program are paid for by the department. Sponsored teachers are also paid a full time teacher salary and a $300 general-purpose allowance when commencing the Metro or Rural School Counsellor  in Training Program.

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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.

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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.

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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, Deniliquin, Dubbo, Griffith, Maitland, Moree, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Orange, Port Macquarie, Queanbeyan, Shellharbour, Tamworth, Taree, Wagga Wagga and Wollongong.

To view the schools located in each geographic area of workforce need please view the following: schstaffingareas.xls (354 KB)

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If you can't find answers to your questions in the above FAQs, contact our Sponsored Training Team via sponsoredtraining@det.nsw.edu.au or phone 1300 300 634.

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Sponsorships are offered to successful applicants in December for entry into the program from the start of Term 1, 2020.

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You must have completed your initial three year sequence of psychology studies within the last 10 years.

If the date of conferral on your academic transcript is more than 10 years ago, you will most likely be required to complete further studies.

You should refer your enquiry to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to identify if you are required to complete further studies to support your initial three years of psychology studies.

Should further studies be required you will not be eligible to apply for the Rural or Metro School Counselling Programs however, may be eligible to apply for the Psychology Sponsorship Program.

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If you are unsure if you have obtained a credit average for you psychology studies you may wish to email our Sponsored Training Team via sponsoredtraining@det.nsw.edu.au who will arrange for your transcript to be reviewed.

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The Psychology Board of Australia has recently announced changes to the psychology registration pathway and the transition from the 4+2 internship to the 5+1 internship model.

Under the announcement, should school counsellors wish to apply for general registration through the 4+2 pathway, they must have completed the four year sequence of study and submitted an application to commence a 4+2 internship to the Psychology Board of Australia by 30 June 2022.

Anyone who completes the School Counsellor in Training Program by the end of 2021 will not be effected by this change, however there may be changes to the program of study for those completing the School Counsellor in Training Program from 2022 onwards.

There will be no impact to those applicants commencing the School Counsellor in Training Program in 2020.

Applicants entering the Psychology Sponsorship Program from 2020 onwards will continue to be supported to gain the remaining academic requirements under the new 5+1 internship model.

Further advice will be provided prior to the end of the year.

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