Rural school counsellor sponsorship

Through the rural school counsellor sponsorship, approved teachers who have completed a three year sequence of Australian Psychology Accredited Council (APAC) approved psychology studies with a minimum credit average are supported by the department for two years to study via distance whilst working as a rural school counsellor-in-training.

Rural school counsellors-in-training get:

  • appointed to a rural school counsellor-in-training position
  • full time teaching salary and study leave for up to two days per week
  • tuition fees paid for
  • reimbursement of approved travel (where applicable)
  • paid accommodation expenses to attend compulsory face-to-face sessions where overnight accommodation is necessary
  • a general purpose allowance of $300
  • awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (School Counselling)
  • a permanent school counsellor position in a rural NSW public school.

To apply, you will need to:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • hold a current NSW driver's licence
  • be an approved teacher with the NSW Department of Education
  • have, within the last ten years, completed a three year sequence of APAC approved psychology studies with a minimum credit average
  • be prepared to work as a school counsellor-in-training whilst studying part-time via distance
  • be prepared to attend compulsory university residential sessions and intensives
  • be willing to accept an appointment as a permanent full time school counsellor in a NSW public school in an agreed location on completion of your studies for a minimum period of two years.

Agreed locations

As part of the application process, you will be asked to select either 'Anywhere in the State' or individual school education areas where you would like to be appointed on completion of your studies.

If you select to be appointed 'Anywhere in the State', you are agreeing to be appointed to a school in one of the following school education areas: Albury, Armidale, Bankstown, Batemans Bay, Bathurst, Blacktown, Bondi, Bourke, Broken Hill, Campbelltown, Central Coast, Clarence/Coffs Harbour, Deniliquin, Dubbo, Fairfield, Granville, Griffith, Hornsby, Lake Macquarie, Lismore, Liverpool, Maitland, Moree, Mount Druitt, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Northern Beaches, Orange, Parramatta, Penrith, Port Jackson, Port Macquarie, Queanbeyan, Ryde, Shellharbour, St George, Sutherland, Tamworth, Taree, Tweed Heads/Ballina, Wagga Wagga, Windsor, Wollongong.

If you wish to select a minimum of three or more individual school education areas, you may choose to select from either Sydney metropolitan areas of workforce need and/or rural or remote NSW areas of workforce need.

The metropolitan areas where teachers are in high demand are Bankstown, Blacktown, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Granville, Liverpool, Mount Druitt, Parramatta, Penrith and Windsor.

The rural or remote NSW areas where teachers are in high demand are 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.

Further information

If you have questions that need answering, contact our sponsored training team via: or phone 1300 300 634.