FAQs

Study mode

When do we commence practical components of the course?

The practical training and assessment will be undertaken during your Session 2 studies while you are on campus at the NSW Police Academy.

Can I defer my offer to a later intake into the course?

No, you cannot defer your offer, only accept or decline. You can re-submit your application for a later intake if your Professional Suitability (PSA) is still current by the time you commence the Associate Degree in Policing Practice. You are permitted to decline up to two offers however, to receive a third or maximum fourth offer from Charles Sturt University special circumstances must have kept you from accepting the offers. Approval from the NSW Police Force must be granted for you to remain in the eligibility pool after two declines. It is also important to understand that declining any offers may result in having to complete any parts of your PSA that may have expired.  Some examples are your PCT (valid for 6 months), medical/Psych, CNI & Traffic and UCWE (valid for 12 months).  Any re-test cost will need to be met by the applicant.

Can I apply as a full fee paying overseas or international student?

No. The NSW Police Force employment policy stipulates those applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents.

Can I change from part-time study to full-time?

Prior to an offer being made, you can request, in writing, to change study modes.

Expectations

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 the Academic Skills Coordinator located within Charles Sturt, Division of Student Services.

Don't wait for an offer to the Associate Degree in Policing Practice 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. 

Research shows that students with below to average physical fitness levels find the physical aspects of the training (particularly officer safety training) challenging, increasing the potential for injury. This may result in students not achieving the mandatory assessment levels. It is important for students to arrive at the Police Academy with an appropriate level of health and physical fitness (cardio and strength).

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/ 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.

Financial information

Do I have to pay tuition fees?

All students enrolled in the Associate Degree in Policing Practice must pay the subject tuition fees, based on the number of subjects in each session. Fees can be paid upfront at the commencement of each session or deferred, if eligible, via the Commonwealth Government loans scheme FEE-HELP with repayments made later through the Australian Tax Office.  The deferral option attracts a loan fee. You can change payment options at the start of each session by submitting an e-CAF form.

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.

What are my chances of being awarded a scholarship / financial support?

All students are invited to apply for a scholarship during Session 1.  Please check your eligibility on the NSW Police Recruitment website, using the Scholarships calculator.  Awarded scholarship payments commence after week three of Session 2.

An unsuccessful scholarship / financial support application can only be reviewed, if there has been an exceptional change in circumstances and sufficient funds are available.

All students studying full-time in sessions 2 will have their meals and accommodation costs covered by the NSW Police Academy. If you choose to live off campus the $100 per week allowance will be transferred to your nominated bank account.

Are there any other forms of financial assistance?

Yes, there are opportunities for scholarships and further financial support.  Please visit Scholarships for more information.

Accommodation

How much does accommodation cost?

An Accommodation allowance is currently provided which covers the full costs of accommodation and dining room meals while at the NSW Police Academy so there is no cost for students for accommodation or meals while living on campus during session 2.

Do I have to live on campus at the Academy?

COVID19 has impacted the ability for student to live off campus. Until further notice, students will be required to remain on campus for the duration of their Session 2 studies.

During normal times, students will find that course commitments dictate that they need to live close to the campus. Some students may prefer to rent or board with local residents. On campus accommodation is based around single bedroom units, with meals provided. There is no provision for partners or children to live on campus. Students will study Session 2 on campus for 16 weeks.

Can I commute to class from Sydney or Canberra?

Experience has shown that it is not possible to commute due to the teaching schedule.

Am I guaranteed a room on campus?

Yes. Currently all students who are studying full time on campus are guaranteed accommodation.  If accommodation exceed supply, the campus management team will notify the students that will be affected. Please 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.

Are there childcare facilities available?

There are no childcare facilities on the NSW Police Academy campus.

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