How To Apply
VET Student Entry Procedure
The following information is provided to guide understanding about enrolling in a Vocational Education and Training qualification with Health Skills Australia.
1. Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment
- Nursing Students - You are required to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy assessment, (achieving exit level 3 on the ACER Core Skills Profile for Adults(CSPA) for all assessments) to meet the course eligibility requirements. HSA must be confident that you have completed this test independently and are able to display competence at or above Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF). Your course advisor will send you a link to complete the assessment online. To help you prepare for this assessment, we also offer a two-hour Literacy, Writing and Numeracy refresher class at no cost to you. We have a range of dates and times scheduled, you can make a booking for a refresher class here. All new students to the Diploma of Nursing are also enrolled in 50035 Perform Health Calculations at no charge in their first term of study to promote success with the medication administration and calculations. Students must be deemed competent in 50035 Perform Health Calculations unit to progress with the Diploma of Nursing without restrictions.
- All Other Courses – you are required to complete a language, literacy and numeracy assessment to determine any learning support needs you may have.
Information for all students The ACER CSPA testing tool consists of three assessments, one for reading, one for numeracy and one for writing. Each test takes approximately 50 to 60 minutes to complete. There is no time limit and each test can be completed progressively over multiple login sessions on different days. HSA will email you a copy of your assessment outcome normally within five business days of completion. HSA is required to store your assessment outcome for five years after you enrol and may be required to provide your test results to the Commonwealth if requested.
2. Proof of Identity & Citizenship
Health Skills Australia courses are available to Australian Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents, Special Category Visa holders (sub-class 444, NZ citizen).
All applicants must present photo ID clearly showing their date of birth i.e. Australian licence or passport. Evidence of your citizenship must also be supplied i.e. Australian birth certificate, passport or naturalisation certificate. Copies need to be provided with your application or prior to receiving an offer of enrolment. Your originals must also be presented at Enrolment & Orientation Day sessions.
3. National Police Check
All students enrolled in a course that includes a clinical or practical practicum component are required to provide evidence of a current National Police Records check to be eligible for clinical practicums. Health Skills Australia will arrange for log in details to be sent to students to begin a National Police Check with Fit2Work during their first term of study. National Police Checks must be renewed each calendar year. NB: Disclosable court outcomes may preclude HSA from being able to successfully arrange clinical practicums. Prospective students are encouraged to seek our guidance about their national police check if they have a disclosable outcome prior to enrolment.
4. Working With Children Check / Blue Card
If you are studying Nursing, a Working With Children Check / Blue Card will be required as a part of your eligibility for clinical practicums. NB: disclosable court outcomes may preclude HSA from being able to successfully arrange clinical practicums.
5. Immunisation and Vaccination – Nursing Students
All Nursing students are required to have up to date immunisations as a condition of enrolment to attend their clinical placement. Further guidance and instructions will be provided at orientation sessions.
6. Course tuition fees
Course tuition fees can be found here
7. VET Student Loan - Diploma level courses only
If you have indicated as part of the application process that you wish to access the Australian Government VET Student Loan to pay for your units (in full or in part) please read the following, as you may be required to provide further documentation.
- It is a Commonwealth legislated requirement that all students wishing to apply for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan must be assessed by their provider for academic suitability to undertake a high level VET qualification. This is a student protection measure introduced from 1 Jan 2017.
- A VET Student Loan is a personal debt obligation that can affect your credit rating and have wage and tax repayment implications. It is also important to understand that a VET Student Loan gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid. You may wish to seek independent financial advice before applying for a VET Student loan.
- A VET Student Loan will not be approved for students who do not meet eligibility requirements.
- You can access further information about the Commonwealth VET Student Loan here.
All new students applying for the VET Student Loan will be provided with a 'Statement of Covered' Fees - this is a statement issued to the student that provides details of the total course fee and how much will be covered by the loan amount.
If you are planning to apply for a VET Student Loan, HSA will send you a Commonwealth Assistance Notice (CAN), within 28 days after the census day, for each study period that you are using the loan. Your CAN will include information on: • the tuition fees for your course, • the course for which you have received VET Student Loans, • any upfront payments you have made, and • any VET Student Loan you have used for that study period. You are advised to check your CAN carefully. If you notice any errors on your CAN, you have 14 days from the date of the CAN to send HSA Accounts team a written request for further information and correction if required.
8. Submission of Application for a VET Student Loan - Diploma level courses only
If you have indicated to HSA that you wish to access the Australian Government VET Student Loan scheme to pay for your units in full or in part, you will be emailed a link to the Australian Government’s online VET Student Loan Application Form after your enrolment, provided you have met the VET Student Loan Student Entry Procedure and there is at least two business days before the census date for your enrolled unit(s).
This form must be submitted by census date, which is also the final date you can withdraw from your course without incurring academic penalties or tuition fees. For more information about VET Student Loans your rights and responsibilities, go here to access relevant Commonwealth government Student Fact Sheets
9. Student engagement and progression
As of 1 July 2017 the Government will require you to communicate your agreement to continue to use the VET Student Loan to pay your tuition fees. This will happen three(3) times each year. This is called a progression confirmation and comes in the form of an email asking you to log in to the ecaf site and complete a two question survey. HSA will ensure that you receive these communications.
10. Statement of Tuition Assurance - VET
For the HSA Statement of Tuition Assurance Scheme information click here
11. Course withdrawal and Refund Policy
12. Making a complaint
Complaint procedures and processes can be found here