FAQs

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?
How do I upload certified copies of my supporting documentation?
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 to 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?



Which sponsorship program am I eligible for?

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.

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Where do I find a list of programs of study that contain a three year sequence of APAC approved psychology studies?

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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What's the difference between the rural and metro programs?

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 provide 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 if 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.

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Can I apply for both the rural and metro programs?

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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Am I eligible to apply if I am still studying?

Yes, as long as you meet the eligibility criteria and will complete your studies prior to the end of the calendar year.

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How do I apply?

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. Outside the application period, you'll be able to sign up to receive an email notifying you when applications open.

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When should I submit my application?

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

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Will late applications be accepted?

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

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How can I be sure my application has been submitted?

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 sponsoredtraining@det.nsw.edu.au

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Does my principal have to endorse my application?

Yes. As part of the application process, you will be asked to provide a supporting statement from your principal.

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Who should I use as a referee?

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.

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How do I upload certified copies of my supporting documentation?
  1. Photocopy the original document
  2. Show the original document and the photocopy to a certifier*. The certifier will compare the original document with the photocopied document. The certifier will stamp or write "I certify that this is a true copy of the original document" on the photocopied version. Then they will sign and date the statement and add their occupation
  3. Scan the certified document (not the original document) as a pdf.
  4. Upload the document when you complete the online application form.

* A certifier is a Justice of the Peace (JP), solicitor or departmental employee. To find a JP, visit the australia.gov.au website and select your state.

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Where will interviews be conducted?

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview. Interviews will be conducted at the department's Blacktown State Office, 22 Main Street, NSW, Blacktown. 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 to university in Semester 1 the following year.

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What does the selection process involve?

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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Will successful and unsuccessful applicants be notified of the outcome?

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 my application has been unsuccessful, can I be provided with information as to why?

If you would like feedback on your application, contact the sponsored training team via sponsoredtraining@det.nsw.edu.au.

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What are the commitments of a sponsorship recipient?

Successful applicants are required to sign a Deed of Agreement with the department, committing them to:

  • successfully completing the required studies
  • accepting appointment as a permanent full time school counsellor to a NSW public school in an agreed location on completion of the required studies
  • 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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What financial support to successful applicants receive?

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. Sponsored teachers are also paid a full time teacher salary and a $300 general-purpose allowance when commencing the rural or metro counsellor sponsorship.

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When are sponsorship recipients appointed to their permanent position?

On successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma of 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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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?

Yes. On completion of the postgraduate diploma 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 teach.NSW benefits calculator to find out about the benefits and incentives that are available to teachers at individual schools.

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What are the geographic areas of workforce need?

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.

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Where can I find out more?

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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