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College of Indigenous Futures, Education & the Arts

Before Placement

The InSchool team works to locate placements in schools and before school settings.

You need to read, understand and complete all the Pre-placement Requirements (PPRs) to ensure your placement can be finalised and confirmed.  You need to complete two Pre-Placement forms (pre-service teacher contract and introductory profile). You also need to complete the background checks and clearances for the state or territory in which you will undertake a placement and Infection Control Training - COVID-19 training.

Inherent teaching requirements

Please familiarise yourself with these so you can ensure successful completion of your Professional Experience.

Placement setting

A. Conflict of Interest

Before commencing placement in a school or early childhood setting, pre-service teachers need to ensure they can perform the placement requirements without potential conflicts of interest. This is to ensure pre-service teachers:

  • Have the opportunity to undertake placement without having to cope with presumptions or meet expectations from teaching and non-teaching staff who know them from a current or previous context.
  • Can avoid a conflict of interest situation arising during the professional experience, particularly from a challenging placement or potentially failed placement.

To minimise potential conflicts of interest during a teaching placement, the Professional Experience Office advises the following guidelines.

Professional experience placement can be undertaken at a school where the pre-service teacher attended as a student, providing it has been six years since they were last enrolled.

  • It is not permitted to undertake a placement at a school or early childhood service where an immediate family member is employed, either as a teacher or in a non-teaching position, or where your child or children are enrolled.
  • It is not be permitted to undertake a placement in a school or early childhood service where you are already employed or work in a voluntary capacity.

Exemptions to these guidelines can be made by completing the attached Conflict of Interest Form and emailing this to outlining:

  • strategies put into place to minimise any conflict of interest (please complete the conflict of interest form)
  • documentation from the school's Professional Experience Co-ordinator or Centre Director, indicating support for the placement

B. Alternative and Specialist Settings 

On the condition that the professional experience requirements can be met, pre-service teachers may undertake one placement in an alternative or specialist setting such as: 

  • a Steiner or Montessori school; 
  • a special education school; 
  • an outdoor education centre;  
  • an environmental education centre; 
  • a distance education school. 

If you are interested in undertaking a placement in an alternative or specialist school, please email and provide the following information:

  • your student number
  • the name and unit code of the placement unit
  • the name of the course you enrolled in
  • the alternative or specialist setting you are interested in (e.g. special education)

Requests to undertake the final professional experience placement in an alternative or specialist setting are not usually approved as it can be challenging to meet the unit requirements.

C. Number of placements in the same education setting 

Professional experience needs to be undertaken in as 'diverse a range of settings as practicable'. Up to two placements can be undertaken in the same education setting; however, each placement should be with a different mentor teacher and class.

Pre-placement forms

1. Pre-Service Teacher Contract 

Pre-service Teacher Contract (DOCX, 481.61 KB) 

This important document outlines your responsibilities before and during your placement and must be signed and uploaded to your student portal (InPlace) when you enrol in your first placement unit. 

You only need to sign this once, but you should read this before every placement to clarify your responsibilities during professional experience placements concerning the CDU Code of Conduct and Professional Experience Guidelines.    

2. Introductory Profiles

Introductory profiles are professional documents that provide the placements team and education settings with important information that helps to place you.

After each placement, you should update your profile, carefully proofread and remove any spelling and grammar errors, and upload to your student portal (InPlace).

Early Learning and Primary 

Download the Introductory Profile - Early Learning and Primary (DOCX, 490.24 KB)


Download the Introductory Profile – Secondary (DOCX, 483.25 KB)

Secondary Teaching Areas 

Your course coordinator advises you about your major and minor teaching areas. Once you have confirmed these with your course coordinator, please use this guide to record your major and minor teaching areas for middle years and senior secondary.

Download the Secondary Teaching Areas (PDF, 131.38 KB)



Pre-placement clearances

Clearance requirements

It's compulsory when working with children to complete background checks and screening. If you don't have the appropriate clearance, you won't be permitted to commence placement.

State and Territory requirements are updated regularly. You are responsible for ensuring you have all the required clearances and checks in place and are up-to-date.

Please apply for your clearance/s early as the process can take up to three months. In some instances, workshops or training must be completed.

Please refer to the current policy in your State or Territory below.

You must submit copies of all certificates and screenings to the placement portal.

State and Territory policies


A Letter of offer is not evidence of your enrolment.

Common ages

The age of first-year students in primary school varies considerably between states and territories. Download the Australian compulsory school years table.

Description of early childhood placement settings

  • Before school: 0-35 months, i.e. babies room of a childcare centre
  • Before school: 3-5 years, i.e. toddlers room of a childcare centre or preschool (Yr 1 minus 2)
  • Pre-school attached to a school: (Yr 1 minus 2)
  • Foundation: First year of formal full-time school: called Transition, Reception, Prep or Kindergarten in different states (Yr 1 minus 1)