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Vocational Education & Training (VET)

VET Noticeboard

Catholic Schools NSW (CSNSW) is the approved funding authority supporting the implementation of Australian and NSW Government funded programs designed to improve Vocational Education and Training outcomes for Secondary Students.


  • coordinates Vocational Education teacher training programs on behalf of the Catholic sector
  • liaises with
    • Catholic school systems
    • Department of Education Schools Directorate
    • NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)
    • ITABS (Industry)
    • TAFE NSW

to support planning for and delivery of Vocational Education and Training for NSW Catholic school students.

The VET Teacher Training Program

Work Placement/Work Experience Insurance for 2023

Three separate policies provide work experience/placement cover for students, schools and employers involved in Work Experience and Work Placement activities.

  1. CCI School Care [Personal Accident and Disability] Policy or Student Work Experience Personal Accident Policy (each diocesan Catholic Schools Authority and Congregational school purchases these policies or equivalent)
  2. Ascot Group as lead insurer Insurance Work Experience/ Work Placement Public Liability Insurance Policy (Catholic Schools New South Wales manages this policy on behalf of Diocesan Offices and RI/MPJP subscribers).
  3. Vero Insurance Limited Professional Indemnity cover for Healthcare Assistants.

The Catholic Schools NSW Work Experience/Placement Insurance Summary and Certificate of Currency lists the terms and conditions of insurance cover, including activities that are excluded or require special approval during work placement.

The VERO Certificate of Currency for Professional Indemnity cover applies until 31 March 2024.


School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBAT)

School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBAT) provide students with the opportunity to attain a nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification as well as their Higher School Certificate (HSC) whilst also gaining valuable work skills and experience through paid employment.

The SBAT Guidelines set out the requirements for the implementation of school based apprenticeships and traineeships in NSW. The School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships webpage hosted by the Department of Education provides valuable information for schools, students and parents. This includes:

VET Diocesan Contacts

Armidale Catholic Schools Office

Sue Watts
PO Box 636
Armidale NSW 2350

Bathurst Catholic Education Office

Stephen Mitchell
PO Box 308
Bathurst NSW 2795

Catholic Schools Broken Bay

Phil Cox
PO Box 967
Pennant Hills NSW 1715

Canberra/Goulburn Catholic Education Office

Karen Ruppert
PO Box 3317
Manuka ACT 2603

Lismore Catholic Education Office

Sue Watts
PO Box 158
Lismore NSW 2480

Maitland/Newcastle Catholic Schools Office

Geraldine Blake
PO Box 714
Newcastle NSW 2300

Parramatta Catholic Education Office

John Wills
Locked Bag 4
North Parramatta NSW 1750

Sydney Catholic Schools

Irene Pereira
PO Box 20277
World Square NSW 2002

Wagga Wagga Catholic Schools Office

Vanessa Jennings
PO Box 1012
Wagga Wagga NSW 2650

Wollongong Catholic Education Office

Christina Desmond
LMB 8802
Wollongong NSW 2500

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