Special Requirements

Inherent Requirements

The study and practice of teaching requires respect for diversity, knowledge of theories, legislation, policies and procedures, effective communication, interpersonal, critical thinking and problem solving skills and stamina, to effectively work with children, their families and communities.

To support a potential student’s decision to become a teacher, a series of inherent requirement statements has been developed. These statements specify the requirements of the Western Sydney University teacher education courses for student admission and progression, with aspects associated with the study and the professional practice of teaching.

You need to read the inherent requirements for teacher education courses prior to commencing an Initial Teacher Education Program at Western Sydney University.

Subject Registration Special Requirements

For a summary copy of the subject registration special requirements please click here.

Full details on each subject registration special requirement can be found on this page.

Important information for current and enrolling Pre-service Teachers

LANTITE (Literacy and Numeracy TEST for Initial Teacher Education)

The Australian Government's Literacy and Numeracy TEST for Initial Teacher Education Students, (opens in new window) is a requirement for all pre-service teachers, continuing and commencing, enrolled in an initial teacher education course.

The National TEST is computer-based and designed to assess aspects of your personal literacy and numeracy through a combination of multiple choice and constructed response questions.

The National TEST is an additional external requirement that is undertaken externally prior to your final professional experience. This is different to the School of Education Literacy assessment TASK and Numeracy assessment TASK that is undertaken during Master of Teaching Compulsory Course Commencement programs and first week of semester to ensure you have developed the academic literacy and numeracy skills required for your course.

Pre-service teachers are required to sit and achieve the standards of the national Literacy and Numeracy TEST at a testing window prior to enrolling in the relevant professional experience school placement:

  • TEAC3023 PE4: Teaching in Country (B.Ed Primary – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education)
  • TEAC7106 Professional Experience K-6 (M.Teach Birth – 12)
  • TEAC7155 Primary Professional Practice 2 (M.Teach Primary)  
  • TEAC7155 Secondary Professional Practice 2 (M.Teach Secondary)

Pre-service teachers are also required to sit and achieve the standards of the national Literacy and Numeracy TEST prior to graduation.

2023 Literacy and Numeracy TEST sittings

National Literacy and Numeracy TEST dates currently scheduled for 2023 are listed in the table below.

There will be four test windows held in 2023.

Test Window Registration Opens Registration ClosesTest Window Dates
Window 1

10 January 2023

23 January 2023

13-26 February 2023

Window 2

4 April 2023

17 April 2023

8-21 May 2023

Window 3

4 July 2023

 7-20 August 2023
Window 4

26 September 2023

 30 October-12 November 2023

Registrations open between 10am-12pm on the first day and close at 5pm AEST/AEDT (local Melbourne time) on the last day for all test windows.

  • The remote proctoring test period ends 3 days (72 hours) prior to the conclusion of each test window. Please see the remote proctoring test sitting requirements for more information about test scheduling.

Further Information

  • You can register to sit the TEST in a test centre, or for eligible students, by remote proctoring.
  • Information about remote proctoring is available on the TEST Administrator's website.
  • Information about the TEST and becoming a teacher in New South Wales can be found here.
  • Answers to frequently asked questions are available on the Australian Government's website.
  • The Australian Council of Educational Research implement the TEST for the Federal Government and charge a fee for registering to sit the TEST, Refer to the ACER website.
  • Students will be given an initial attempt plus up to, but no more than, two resits of the test for each component of the test.

For further information about the TEST and becoming a teacher in New South Wales refer to this website.

The national Literacy and Numeracy TEST will be used as the means to demonstrate that students completing initial teacher education courses are in the top 30 per cent of the Australian adult population for personal literacy and numeracy.

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The following special prerequisite tasks must be completed before enrolment.

Working With Children Check (WWCC).

Pre-service teachers enrolled in Master of Teaching and Pathway to Teaching courses, where there are placement requirements, must comply with the NSW Working With Children Check legislation.

What are the requirements?

Each Pre-service teacher, student, volunteer or paid worker, working in child-related employment must apply for a Working With Children Check clearance number. This clearance is valid for 5 years.

In addition to providing the University with your WWCC clearance number details, you will need your clearance number to present to your placement setting.

If you are currently not working anywhere with children you can apply as a Pre-service teacher/volunteer and your check will be free of charge.

If you are currently working with children in paid employment of some sort you must apply as a paid employee and you will need to pay the relevant fee for your clearance number.

For information regarding fees please refer to the Office of the Children’s Guardian website.

For more information about Working with Children Check requirements for Tertiary Practicum Students and relevant DOE contacts please refer to this document: Declaration for Child Related Work - Tertiary Practicum Student

What is the process?

STEP 1: Fill in an application form online

Go to the Office of the Children’s Guardian Website: newcheck.kids.nsw.gov.au
Fill in the online application form. You will be asked whether your child-related work is paid or unpaid. Please make sure the details you provide are EXACTLY THE SAME as the details on your identity documents. If you have submitted the form with a mistake, please redo the form to avoid problems with providing your proof of identity at Step 2.

If you cannot access the online system, call a Customer Support Officer on (02) 9286 7219 for assistance with your application. Once you have submitted the form, you will receive an application number that looks like this: APP1234567

STEP 2: Present proof of your identity

Go to Service NSW with your application number AND proof of your identity (same as for a NSW driver’s license). You must have BOTH of these items for your application to proceed. You cannot complete this process at Student Services Hub.

STEP 3: Present your verification letter to the University

Upon receiving your emailed notification of clearance from Kids Guardian, you need to provide it to Western Sydney University. You can provide your clearance to the University by submitting it via the WesternNow Student Portal. Your WWCC (Working with Children Check) number will be confirmed with the Office of the Children’s Guardian and your student record will be updated.

Working With Children Check - Dept. of Education Verification

Note: This relates to placements in school-based settings only.

Following on from the 3 steps above, you must also complete the Department of Education’s (DoE) verification process by submitting the Declaration for Child Related Work – Tertiary Practicum Students Application Form (opens in new window) providing the necessary documents.

Once you receive the verification email from the Dept of Education probity unit please upload it to WesternNow Student Portal.

Please note that this takes between 1 and 7 business days and may go to your junk mail. This step is not complete until you have submitted your verification email from the DoE to WesternNow.

For more information about Working with Children Check requirements for Tertiary Practicum Students and relevant DOE contacts please refer to this document: Declaration for Child Related Work - Tertiary Practicum Student

ASCIA Anaphylaxis Training course

The Department of Education mandates the requirement for pre-service teachers to complete the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) anaphylaxis e-training course. This means prior to commencing your school placement and/or centre setting placement you will need to successfully complete the ACSIA anaphylaxis e-training courses and provide proof to your centre setting and/or school.

PLEASE NOTE: The course/online certificate has an expiry date two years from the completion date. If your course takes longer than two years to complete you may be required to do the e-training course again in order to complete a placement.

What do YOU need to do?

  • Access the ASCIA website (opens in new window)
  • Register for the course by clicking on New Account or clicking on the "Create New Account Button"
  • After completing the online form click Create my new account
  • You will be provided by return email a username and password to use to login at the ASCIA login page (opens in new window)
Program Course to Complete (most recent version) Upload to:
Early Childhood Birth - 5 Years: the ASCIA anaphylaxis Australasian early childhood education/care course Birth - 12 Years: - the ASCIA anaphylaxis Australasian early childhood education/care 2019-20 course and the ASCIA anaphylaxis Australasian schools course WesternNow Student Portal
Primary ASCIA anaphylaxis Australasian schools course WesternNow Student Portal     
Secondary ASCIA anaphylaxis Australasian schools course WesternNow Student Portal
  • Print and sign (or create a PDF which you can then save and print) the online certificate of completion. Please Note: There is no need for you to have your certificate counter signed by a Supervisor. Keep, for your own records, a copy of the certificate of completion (printed or PDF).
  • Present the certificate of completion to the appropriate centre/or school staff member on your first centre visit.

What to do next? Lodge your Certificate of Completion

The School of Education now requires you to lodge your anaphylaxis e-training certificate of completion via the WesternNow Student Portal.

Remember to keep a copy of your certificate of completion (printed or PDF)

Online Child Protection Awareness Training

The School of Education (SOE) views Child Protection Awareness Training (CPAT) as an essential preparation for any professional placements completed during your studies at Western Sydney University (WSU).

Since 2021, the Department of Education (DoE) has determined that all School of Education students completing placement need to complete their version of the CPAT.

This includes both, 1. an Initial Child Protection Induction and 2. the Annual Update. These are a compulsory pre-requisite for professional experience placement at WSU and for enrolment. Furthermore, this training meets the requirement of NSW Education that 'any person working with children in NSW education and care settings must participate in an initial child protection induction prior to commencing work.'

Both sets of these Child Protection Awareness Training from the DoE need only be completed once in your Pathway to Teaching undergraduate course (if required), and once in the Master of Teaching. If you are a student in the Bachelor of Education (Primary) - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education course or Bachelor of Education (Primary), you only need to complete it once.

You must undertake this online training even if you have completed Child Protection Training outside of the University.

To clarify:

There are TWO mandatory CPAT components provided via the NSW Department of Education:

1) Child Protection Awareness Training Induction: This is a once off, self-paced e-learning course that provides initial child protection induction training. It is to be completed through the DoE’s Learning Portal (MyPL).

Please register for an account via the link above and then complete this induction/mandatory training. Once completed, take a screen shot or download your certificate and upload to WesternNow Student Portal.

Please note: The Training entitled ‘2020 Mandatory Update’ is equal to the Induction described above.

2) 2023 Child Protection Update: This is an annual, self-paced e-learning course that provides continuous improvement and an update to those who have completed the original Induction Training. It is to be also completed through the DoE’s Learning Portal (MyPL). (2023 available online after 16 December 2022)

Please log in to your account that you  created during the Induction Training and once completed, take a screen shot or download your certificate and upload to WesternNow Student Portal.

Professional experience placement cannot be undertaken until you have completed both components listed on your WSU Student Record. CPAT is generally completed during Course Commencement or Orientation week.

Note: if you have completed CPAT in a previous degree or in your workplace you are still required to complete CPAT at the commencement of your initial teaching degree.

COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination *Early Childhood*

As of 1 August 2022, it is no longer a requirement of the Department of Education that all education and care workers and volunteers are double vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to work in a school (some exceptions apply). It is however still a requirement of many Early Childhood Centres.

While being vaccinated against COVID is no longer a compulsory requirement to enrol into a Professional Experience subject in the M.Teach (Birth-5/Birth-12 years), students must be aware that some settings may require you to show that you have received two or three COVID vaccinations.

If you have any questions or concerns about your COVID-19 vaccination status with regards to any placement subject, please email the Professional Experience Team - EduPEX@westernsydney.edu.au

QuEST - (Quality of Effective School Teachers) Online Interview

Non Academic Capabilities Selection

Students with an offer to enrol in an accredited initial teacher education course are required to complete an online interview to assess your capabilities, in other words, your talents and personal attributes that are relevant to the teaching profession. Western Sydney University refer to this compulsory assessment as QuEST about which you will receive an email prior to the start of the teaching session.

Students in initial teacher education courses who commenced studies prior to 2018, and then discontinued/ceased studies and are readmitted into the course from January 2018 onwards, are required to successfully complete QuEST.

Refer to the Australian Institute for Teaching and Leadership (AITSL) website for more information and the Selection Guidelines: Factsheet

QuEST - Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I have to do QuEST?

Western Sydney University, as part of the accreditation process for its initial teacher education programs, is required to conduct QuEST by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), which is the national accreditation body. AITSL requires all teacher education programs to comply with its requirements. For more information, please visit AITSL (opens in a new window)

When does QuEST happen?

Students receive an invitation to complete QuEST following acceptance of their offer. The invitation also states the completion date required.

Can I enrol in my course before undertaking QuEST? Or, if I have completed QuEST and am waiting for my result, can I still enrol?

Yes.  Currently, students are able to enrol in units in their Teacher Education program before undertaking QuEST or before receiving their result.

What happens if I don't pass QuEST?

Currently, an unsatisfactory completion of QuEST does not prevent course admission or enrolment into units. Students not achieving a satisfactory result will be given an opportunity to re-sit QuEST.

What if I still have questions about QuEST?

Information about QuEST will be communicated to commencing students, and QuEST will be discussed at the Compulsory Course Commencement (ComCoCom) sessions for your Teacher Education program.  
Additionally, you can email any questions about QuEST here.

Are there any tips on preparing for the QuEST assessment?

The following links will assist students with effective preparation for the QuEST assessment (hosted by Kira):

Do I still need to do QuEST if I had studied the course prior to 2018?

Students in initial teacher education courses who commenced studies prior to 2018, and then discontinued/ceased studies and are readmitted into the course from January 2018 onwards, are required to successfully complete QuEST.