COVID-19 Infection and Exposure

Students are required to report any COVID infection and exposure that will impact attendance for placement, clinical laboratory or class. Please complete the self-selectable WIL COVID-19 Reporting form available under the Forms tab, once you have logged into Sonia Online.

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This is the Placement system used by the Sport & Exercise Science Program at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Once you have logged into Sonia Online, your School homepage will become active. From here you can access information relating to your Placement including:

  • your placement details;
  • Forms and information for Mandatory Requirements;
  • Reminders and important dates;
  • Electronic forms;
  • Facility information;
  • Selecting placement group preferences;
  • Uploading and viewing documentation.

Please note:

  • When you attend your enrolment meeting, please bring your placement folder containing two copies of all of your mandatory check documents.
  • For your deadlines for placement please refer to the community page.


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Mandatory checks

You need to ensure that you have completed the following mandatory checks by the deadline given by your Placement Officer and that they are valid for the duration of your placement.

UniSC has a responsibility to ensure all students comply with the mandatory checks (requirements) of placement sites and UniSC. It is essential that each student maintains their own personal process to manage paper and electronic documents associated with these checks. Many placement sites will ask to see hardcopy evidence of all checks on the first day of placement, so it is the responsibility of each student to be able to provide these on request. For additional information on how to complete each mandatory check, please click on the headings below which will direct you to any forms, websites, or other applicable information that you will need to complete the check. Once completed, please upload the relevant documentation to the 'Checks' tab in Sonia Online.

For assistance with mandatory requirements contact the Fit for Placement Office by emailing ffpo@usc.edu.au


Covid-19 Vaccination Evidence

This is a mandatory requirement for all students enrolled in SPX300, SPX340, and SPX402. This is currently not a requirement for students enrolled in SPX304 (Bachelor of Sport Studies).

Log into Sonia Online > Checks tab and follow the instructions to upload your Covid-19 vaccination evidence.

Blue Card

Apply for a new card or link your existing card to UniSC

First aid and CPR Certificate

Must be maintained and current at all times



PrePlace is a series of three module online program located on Canvas that you must complete once prior to your placement.

Enrolment to PrePlace is an automated process, so is directly related to your course enrolment. If you are not yet officially enrolled in a placement course, the auto process cannot be triggered. Once you have been enrolled in your placement course the process will happen overnight and PrePlace will then be available to you.

UniSC Student Placement Agreement Forms

The Student Placement Agreement (SPA) consists of two mandatory electronic forms completed in your Sonia Online account before you attend your placement.
- Placement Disclosure Statement (Disclosing Health Conditions)
- Placement Details Agreement
Available 1–2 weeks prior to placement commencing (per placement requirement). You will receive an email when a Student Placement Agreement has been added to your Sonie Online > Forms.

UniSC Code of Conduct

To be eligible to attend placement, you must complete the UniSC Code of Conduct by reading the document and Agreeing by submitting the electronic form.

This is a per placement requirement available upon finalisation of allocations, you will receive an email when this form is available to you.


National Police Check

Police Check applications can take up to 6 weeks to be processed. NB. Only Australian Federal Police certificates with Purpose Type 37 are accepted.

NDIS Worker Screening Card Fact Sheet

To be eligible for placement you must hold a valid NDIS Worker Screening Card or valid Yellow Card

Vaccination Preventable Diseases (VPD)

All required vaccinations must be completed prior to your placement enrolment meeting. Vaccinations can take up to 12 months to complete the full vaccination courses.

Respirator Fit Testing

It is a Queensland Government requirement that all students attending any placement in a health facility and residential aged care setting, are required to undertake respirator mask fit testing prior to commencing.


Queensland Health Pre-Placement Requirements

To be eligible for a Queensland Health placement you must complete the following Queensland Health checks and iLearn training modules (iLearn User Guide ):

- Queensland Health Orientation Checklist
- Queensland Health Student Deed Poll
- Queensland Health Allied Health Training Record

You will be notified by the Placement Officer if you are required to complete these mandatories.


Student Minimum Pre-Placement Requirements

Students attending a Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service facility will need to complete all Student Minimum Pre-Placement Requirements which are SCHHS site specific checks and the SC-Learning on Line (SC-LoL) training modules.
You will be notified by the Placement Officer if you are required to complete these mandatories. You must complete and print all documents and take to your first day of placement. Failure to have these documents will result in you being removed from placement.

TB Screening

To be eligible for placement you must complete a Queensland Health TB Risk Assessment. If required, you also need to provide evidence of further testing.

PLEASE NOTE: You will be granted full access to Sonia Online, once you have been enrolled into your program.

If you require further information or assistance with submitting any of these mandatory checks please contact the Fit For Placement Office on the details below:
Building H1.G
Tel: +61 7 5456 5487
Email: ffpo@usc.edu.au

Contact the Placement Office

Aileen Spalding
Phone:  07 5456 3753
Email: SHSSPlacements@usc.edu.au

Jennifer MacNevin
Phone:  07 5456 5036
Email: SHSSPlacements@usc.edu.au

ESSA Website

The Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) website www.essa.org.au includes the ESSA application forms and guides for how to complete these forms in order to gain membership and AEP accreditation. It is important for all SPX300 and SPX402/SPX403 students to be familiar with this information.

Assessment Requirements

Once you are enrolled in SPX300, SPX340 or SPX402/SPX403 Prac Placement, you will find important documents you must 'download/read/print out' in order to complete the Assessment requirements of the Prac Placement. These documents are found on Canvas under “learning materials”. Please ensure you download and familiarise yourself with these before the lecture.



Please visit the Events page to view all current events.


Please note

It is the responsibility of each student to ensure their mandatory documents are current and that the originals are available for sighting on request from UniSC or Placement Staff.

You may still need to check Canvas for additional information, and some facility information may be provided via additional emails. If you believe any of the content is incorrect please contact the placement coordinator.

Mandatory checks

View your mandatory placement requirements.

Please Note: It is the responsibility of each student to ensure their mandatory requirements are fulfilled before attending placement.

Mandatory checks

Login to Sonia Online

  • first select your role (i.e. Student / Site / UniSC Support Person)
  • next enter your ‘UniSC username’ and ‘password’ in the spaces provided
  • then click on the ‘sign in’ button

Fit for Placement Office

For support regarding Mandatory Requirements:

Telephone: 07 5456 5487
Email: FFPO@usc.edu.au

Sonia for Students App

Download the Sonia for Students App:

Sonia support

For technical support:

Email: USCSoniaSupport@usc.edu.au