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Special requirements are related to enrolment in courses/units where clinical, practical or work placements are part of a course/unit structure. These include courses/units in Education, Nursing and Social & Health related sciences.
Working with Children Check - WCC
You need to make an online application with the Office of the Children's Guardian (opens in a new window) and follow the steps as outlined.
At the end of the application process, you will be issued with a receipt document with an application number (AAP). You need to take this document and photo ID to a Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) office. You will receive a verification letter from the RMS, which will include your verification number. Please allow up to four weeks for the verification letter.
You need to provide your verification letter to the University, either by taking it to a Student Central office or by scanning and emailing a copy to email@example.com. Your verification number will be confirmed with the Office of the Children's Guardian and you will be advised of the outcome. Please note: receipt of a verification number does not indicate clearance to work with children.
If you receive clearance, your Western Sydney University student record will be updated and you will be advised by email that you can proceed with your enrolment. You may need to provide your verification letter to a placement authority, so please keep your original letter for future use.
For more information on the Working with Children Check Student Declaration, please visit the NSW Office of the Children's Guardian (opens in a new window) website.
National Police Check - including Clinical Placement Requirements
1. Sign the Student Undertaking Sign the Student Undertaking form. This is available electronically in MySR (via Western Central) for commencing students. If you cannot complete the form electronically, the Student Undertaking form is available from any Student Central.
2. Apply for a National Police Check After you have signed the Student Undertaking form, you will be required to undergo a National Police Check (opens in a new window) either through your state or territory police service or the Australian Federal Police. You should allow 15 working days for your check to be processed.
How to complete the Check
- You will need to apply online through the NSW Police website or through a Crim Trac accredited broker (opens in a new window)
- In the online National Police Check form you must complete all mandatory fields marked with an *. Once the form is complete, you need to print the confirmation page
- Submit the confirmation page and proof of identity to a NSW Police station
- While at the station pay the appropriate fee to the NSW Police. Fees as at December 2015 are 'Name and date of birth check' ($53.30)
You will need to apply in an appropriate time-frame to allow you to receive the certificate approximately three weeks before your placement. In order to ensure that you receive the certificate in time, you should apply no later than six weeks before your placement.
Failure to obtain a National Police Check will mean you will not be able to attend any 'placement' units. This may result in you being unable to complete your enrolled unit/s, or your course.
For more information please see the NSW Police website (opens in a new window).
Students undertaking clinical placement in NSW Health facilities can also apply for a National Police Check through Crim Trac Accredited Brokers. Crim Trac's list of accredited broker organisations is available on the Crim Trac website (opens in a new window).
As Police Certificates from CrimTrac Accredited Broker Agencies may vary in format and content, the minimum compliance requirements for a National Criminal Record Check are:
- it must be from a CrimTrac Accredited Broker Agency (as listed on CrimTrac's website) or an Australian State or Territory Police Force or the Australian Federal Police, and
- it must state that it is a National or Australia wide check, and
- it must include the student's full name and their date of birth, and
- it must not have any offences listed (students with a criminal history must provide a Clinical Placement Authority Card (CPAC) or conditional letter from the Employment Screening and Review Unit, NSW HealthShare) email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information, and
- the name on the Police Certificate must be the same name as on the Student's ID card
As the National Police Check is NSW Health requirement, you may also want to check out the NSW Health's Frequently Asked Questions (opens in a new window).
International students are also required to obtain a National Police Check. You can apply for a National Police Check prior to your arrival in Australia through the Australian Federal Police (opens in a new window).
In addition to the instructions provided on the AFP website you must:
- Enter Code Number 37 in Section 1 "Purpose of NPC'
- Tick "No" to the Fingerprint check in Section 5
You will also need to obtain a Police Certificate (with English translation) from your home country and any other country that you have lived.
If you are unable to obtain a Police Check you can complete a Statutory Declaration from the NSW Health website (opens in a new window) stating that you do not have any current or previous criminal charges or convictions in your home country or any other country in which you have lived. If you do have a criminal record you must list the offences, the dates and court outcomes.
3. Present your National Police Check to a Student Central office When you have received your National Police Check you must take this to any Student Central office to have this recorded on your student record.
Clinical Placement Requirements for NSW Health
When you attend a NSW Health facility to undertake a clinical placement you must submit the following documents to the Clinical Coordinator.
- Must read information for students undertaking clinical placement in an NSW Health facility (opens in a new window)
- Completed Code of Conduct Agreement from the NSW Health webpage (opens in a new window)
- Original copy of your current National Police Check and a photocopy of your National Police Check (you must have the original certificate with you but you will need to submit the photocopy only as you will need the original certificate for all clinical placements with NSW Health) or a current Clinical Placement Authority card
If you are an overseas student you will need to submit the above documentation and the following additional document/s.
- Overseas Police Certificate (with English translation) or a Statutory Declaration available from the NSW Health webpage (opens in a new window) showing that you have no criminal records
Clinical Placement Requirements for an Aged Care Facility
The Department of Health and Ageing require all students attending any clinical placement in an Aged Care Facility get a National Police Check (opens in a new window).
When you receive your National Police Check you will need to take this to Student Central to have this recorded on your student record.
- When you attend your Clinical Placement at the Aged Care Facility you will need to have the original copy of your current National Police Certificate and a photocopy of your National Police Certificate (you must have the original certificate with you but you will need to submit the photocopy only as you will need the original certificate for all clinical placements)
NOTE: Overseas students or students who have lived in a foreign country for any period of time after the age of 16 must provide a statutory declaration stating they were not convicted of murder or sexual assault, and not convicted of and sentenced to imprisonment for any other form of assault during their time overseas. Any such criminal record would exclude the person from working within an aged care service if they would be reasonably likely to have access to care recipients. In addition to the statutory declaration, the person must also get a police check to cover the time (after age 16) that they have lived in Australia.
For further information on the clinical placement requirements of NSW Health (opens in a new window) or Department of Health and Ageing please visit their websites.
Adult Vaccination Record Card
Details regarding the Vaccination requirements and additional useful information is available on the NSW Health website (opens in a new window). Vaccination record cards are available at all Student Central locations.
Note: It is your responsibility to ensure you meet any vaccination requirements prior to attending fieldwork, research or clinical placement and that your card is available for NSW Health supervisory staff to view as required when attending your placement.
Failure to meet vaccination requirements could result in you being denied entry to a NSW Health facility and will jeopardise your progression in the associated unit.
First Aid Certificate
- Take their original current First Aid certificate from a Registered Training Organisation (see National Training and Information System) to a Student Central with their current Student ID card or photo ID (eg, a current Drivers Licence or passport). The certificate must display one of the following unit codes; HLTAID004,HLTAID006, HLTFA301B, HLTAID003 or HLTFA311A for it to qualify as equivalent to Senior First Aid
- Have a Student Central Officer check their credentials and process the requirement on their student record
- Check MySR approximately 48 hours later to ensure enrolment in the relevant unit has been confirmed
Note: You cannot enrol in the associated unit until this requirement has been validated.
For more information on First Aid Certificates, please visit the National Training Information Service website (opens in a new window) to check that your certificate has been issued by an approved provider.
- Clinical Placement - National Criminal History Record Check and Adult Vaccination Record Cards, please visit the NSW Health (opens in a new window) website.
- Aged Care Facility - National Criminal History Record Check visit the Department of Health and Ageing (opens in a new window) website.
- Working with Children Check, please visit the NSW Commission for Children and Young People (opens in a new window) website.
- First Aid Certificates, please visit the National Training Information Service website (opens in a new window) to check that your certificate has been issued by an approved provider.
- Child Protection Workshops - If you are required to attend a Child Protection Workshop please contact your School for further information.
If you have any other enquiries please email email@example.com.