1.1 Can I defer my offer to a later intake into the course?
No, you cannot defer your offer, only accept or decline. You are able to submit your application and apply for a later intake as long as your Professional Suitability (PSA) is still current by the time you commence the (ADPP) course. You are permitted to decline up to 2 offers, however to receive a 3rd or maximum 4th offer from Charles Sturt University special circumstances must have kept you from accepting the offers and approval from the NSW Police Force must be granted for you to remain in the eligibility pool after 2 declines. It is also important to understand that by declining any offers may result in having to complete any parts that may have expired such as PCT valid for 6 months, medical/Psych, CNI & Traffic and UCWE valid for 12 months as with any re-test cost will need to be met by the applicant.
1.2 Can I apply as a full fee paying overseas or international student?
No. The NSW Police Force employment policy stipulates that applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent Australian residents.
1.3 Is there a preferred profile for applicants?
The aim of both the University and the NSW Police Force is to educate a student group that is balanced in terms of gender, ethnicity, age, academic qualifications and work and life experiences, which reflects the diversity of the State's population.
Students must be physically fit to cope with the rigours of training and operational policing.
1.4 Can I change from online study to on campus?
Prior to an offer being made, you can request, in writing, to change study modes.


2.1 What are my chances of being awarded a scholarship / financial support?
An unsuccessful scholarship / financial support application can only be reviewed at a later date if there has been an exceptional change in circumstances and is subject to sufficient funds being available.

All students studying full-time in sessions 2 will have their meals and accommodation covered by the $100 per week Accommodation Allowance. If you choose to live off campus the $100 per week Allowance will be transferred to you via your nominated bank details.
2.2 How is it determined who receives a scholarship / financial support?
To receive a scholarship / financial support, applicants must satisfy the professional criteria for entry into the program and provide evidence of financial need.


3.1 Do I have to pay tuition fees?
All students enrolled in the ADPP must pay a subject tuition fee that is calculated by a formula based on the number of subjects enrolled into in each session. Fees can be paid UPFRONT at the commencement of each session (this does not attract a discount) or DEFERRED, if eligible, via the Commonwealth Government loans scheme FEE-HELP, with repayments made later through the Australian Tax Office and attracting a loan fee for undergraduate students. You can change payment options at the start of each session.
3.2 How much does accommodation cost?
An Accommodation Allowance is currently provided to everyone who studies the Associate Degree in Police Practice full-time on campus. On campus accommodation at the NSW Police Academy, there is no cost for students while living on campus during session 2.
3.3 Are there any other forms of financial assistance?
Yes there are opportunities for scholarships / financial support. See Cost of Study and Scholarships for more information.


4.1 Do I have to live on campus at the Academy?
No. Students will find that course commitments dictate that they need to live close to the campus. Some students may prefer to rent a flat or board with local residents.
Remember that full-time on campus students attend Session 1 and Session 2 (approximately 14 weeks each) at Goulburn, depending on the needs of the NSW Police Force. DE students attend the Academy for face to face workshops during Sessions 1a, Session 1b and full-time for Session 2 (14 weeks duration). The need to arrange rental leases, bonds and furniture for periods of only 14 weeks does not necessarily restrict the options available to students. See NSW Police Academy Facilities for more information.
On campus accommodation is based around single bedroom units, with meals provided. There is no provision for partners or children to live on campus.
4.2 Can I commute to class from Sydney or Canberra?
Not on a daily basis. Experience has shown that it is not possible to commute due to the teaching schedule.
4.3 Am I guaranteed a room on campus?
Yes. Currently all students who are studying full time on campus are guaranteed accommodation.  If there however accommodation exceeds supply the campus management team will notify this students that will be affected See Accommodation for more information.
It is still very important that students fill in the accommodation registration form, this will allow for the campus management team to allocate an appropriate space.
4.4 Are there childcare facilities available?
There are no childcare facilities on the NSW Police Academy campus.


5.1 What assistance does the University provide for mature age students and students commencing tertiary study for the first time?
If it has been some time since you have studied, STUDY LINK subjects are available. Visit STUDY LINK for information. Once you are a student in the program, CSU Academic Skills Advisers provide individual and group workshops, together with information packs on topics such as time management; effective reading and note taking; essay writing; assignment techniques and exam preparation.


6.1 How academically and physically demanding is the course?
The course is not just focused on theory. It combines both the foundational knowledge and practical skills necessary for the modern policing professional. Students have found that the practical application of both knowledge and skills learnt in the classroom greatly enhances their learning ability and the relevance of the subject material.
The course is both rigorous and challenging. The rewards and satisfaction gained through your personal efforts will be significant. Motivation and commitment are likely to be the deciding factors in who successfully completes the course. Students concerned with aspects of their academic ability can seek assistance and support from Learning Skills Advisers located within CSU's Division of Student Services.
Don't wait for an offer to the ADPP before building your fitness level.
Increasing your physical fitness reduces injuries and increases your potential to cope with the rigours of the physical fitness training at the Academy including the fitness lessons and assessments, and officer safety lessons and assessments.  Policing students must pass mandatory fitness assessments during Session 1 to progress into Session 2 - AND must pass further fitness assessments in Session 2. Research shows that students with below to average physical fitness levels find the physical aspects of the ADPP (particularly officer safety training) challenging, increasing the potential for injury. This may result in students not achieving the mandatory assessment levels. Come to the Police Academy with a good level of physical fitness (cardio vascular and strength) and health.
6.2 Computing devices. Each student should have an up-to-date laptop / tablet that supports, at a minimum, the following functions:
  • Multimedia access and playback (audio, video, images)
  • Word processing and document viewing (including displaying .pdf and .epub files)
  • Internet browsing, email and up to date Wi-Fi capability
  • File upload, download and storage
  • USB or portable storage capability is desirable.
Computer skills and knowledge Students in the ADPP will use a range of information, communication and educational technologies during their studies.
To utilise these technologies students will need to be skilled in basic computer operations and have a sound knowledge of core computing concepts. For more information about what skills may be needed please read the NSW Public Schools list of computer skills.
6.3 When do we commence practical components of the course?
Training in practical skills necessary to become a police officer occurs throughout the course with an emphasis on the fitness, safety and wellbeing of officers and others.
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