FAQs

1. ADMISSION

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 can only decline an offer (and request to remain in the eligibility pool once). 
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 or New Zealand 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 studying by distance education to being on campus?
Prior to an offer being made, you can request, in writing, to change study modes.

2. CSU POLICING SCHOLARSHIPS / FINANCIAL SUPPORT

2.1 What are my chances of being awarded a scholarship / financial support?
All students studying full-time in sessions 1 and 2 receive $100 per week Accommodation Allowance. Many full-time on campus students receive a scholarship / financial support.
Eligible DE students may receive a scholarship / financial support in Session 2 only.
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.
2.2 How is it determined who receives a scholarship / financial support?
To receive a scholarship / financial support, applicants must satisfy the professional and academic criteria for entry into the program and provide evidence of financial need.
Higher Value Scholarships / financial support are awarded to successful applicants who satisfy the above criteria and provide evidence of need such that, without receipt of the Higher Value Scholarship / financial support, they would not be able to undertake the course, e.g. dependent partner and/or children; having to maintain a family home; other financial or personal matters. Only 10% of students receive a Higher Value Scholarship / financial support.

3. COST OF LIVING

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, Goulburn is currently $100 per week, which includes meals.
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. LIVING AT THE NSW POLICE ACADEMY, GOULBURN

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?
No. While the University and NSW Police Academy, Goulburn will endeavour to place students on campus, demand often exceeds supply. See Accommodation for more information.
4.4 Are there childcare facilities available?
There are no childcare facilities on the NSW Police Academy campus. 

5. CSU STUDENT SERVICES

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 Learning 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. THE COURSE

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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