The Orientation Day activities help new students to meet staff and returning students, and to settle into college life. New students are guided through all aspects of academic and campus life on Orientation Day, when they receive a library orientation tour, an IT, Zotero and PBC Online support tour, a Student Handbook, a Getting Started Guide for New Students, The Big Book of Answers containing IT support, Library, and PBC Online instructions for accessing course information and submitting assignments, and a Using the PBC Wireless instruction guide. Students are guided through accessing the Student Portal, which makes a variety of support services and systems readily available to them.
Additionally, during Orientation Day students are made aware of:
- All students enrolled in an ACCS or SCD course are governed by their respective institution’s policies and procedures;
- SCD information being available for domestic students from https://scd.edu.au/current-students/,
- ACCS information being available for domestic students from https://www.ccs.edu.au/
- Referring SCD students to the SCD website for access to the SCD Handbook, policies and procedures from https://scd.edu.au/,
- Contact details for Professor Diane Speed, Dean and Chief Executive Officer, Sydney College of Divinity, Tel: (02) 9889 1969
- The designated first-contact for students being the Dean of Students;
- The designated contact for all students who need academic support being the Academic Tutor;
- The need to discuss academic concerns with the Dean of Studies as regularly as required and that referral to third-party services is an option;
- PBC’s reciprocal arrangement with Murdoch University, giving students free access to their library,;
- The different options available for pastoral care when required; and
- PBC students are walking distance from the Karrinyup shopping centre and bus stops close to the campus; therefore, it is possible for students to get around Perth without the need for a car.
The Perth Bible College facilities include a number of self-contained units. These units are either one, two or three-bedroom units and can be supplied with or without furnishings. PBC can accommodate single students (typically shared living arrangements, one student per bedroom), married students and families, depending on the availability of units. PBC can provide basic furnishing for units if desired. Furnishings include a washing machine, refrigerator, cooking facilities & implements, essential kitchen items (crockery and cutlery), beds, lounge chairs, built-in wardrobes and study desk. Residents do need to provide their own bedding and personal items.
As part of our commitment to train, equip and form people for effective Christian ministry, PBC is committed to pastorally caring for the students studying at the College. The designated first contact for all care matters is the Dean of Students, who will refer all matters appropriately.
Pastoral care within the college environment is provided via:
- Weekly devotions
- One on one sessions as requested by students
- One on one sessions as requested and available with the Dean of Counselling
- One on one sessions as requested by faculty advisors
- One on one sessions as required as part of a unit of study
- One on one sessions as required as part of PBC’s Personal and Ministry Formation monitoring.
PBC also recognises that an additional source for the pastoral care of students, is the local church and that we are called to operate in partnership with the local church. As part of this partnership, PBC requires each student to nominate a local church and a leader in this church who will be responsible for their pastoral care in their church setting.
As personal issues in the lives of students may not only affect their studies at PBC, but also their ministry in the local church, PBC must retain the right, where deemed appropriate, to share the communication of students with the student’s nominated local church leader, or other faculty members at PBC.
If it is deemed that the communication of the student is required to be shared with either other faculty or the student’s nominated local church leader, the student will be informed by PBC that this will be the case prior to any notification of the third party.
Students wishing to be counselled on a professional and confidential basis may ask to be referred by PBC to a Christian counselling service.
Students needing to be counselled on a professional and confidential basis will be referred by PBC to a Christian counselling service.
Library and computing services
Perth Bible College provides a library with over 25000 resources, a growing collection of online resources, and computers for the use of students. Additionally, printing services are available at the library or from the reception.
PBC is committed to assisting students to successfully complete the units in which they enrol. Students needing additional academic support are often identified during the enrolment process. They may be enrolled provisionally; in which case they need to enrol in CE504 Study Ready.
This unit is also recommended to students who may benefit from them, even if they are not enrolled provisionally. This unit interacts with other first-year subjects to help students engage with those assessments. There is also a free, timetabled weekly Study Ready Tutoring session made available to all students who may be struggling with understanding how to approach researching for and writing assessments.
In addition, lecturers are readily available for appointments and students can contact them at any time for academic assistance.
PBC also offers all students access to Studiosity. Studiosity is a free study support service with incredible benefits to you, whether you are an HD student or struggling to make sense of what to do. Studiosity offers core study skills and writing support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year. You can either Connect Live for personal support or submit your draft essay for Writing Feedback within 24 hours. You can access Studiosity through PBC Online and find more information in the HELP Course (PBC Online: HELPME!).
Students who fail assessments are given the opportunity to resubmit them, having gained the benefit of written lecturer feedback. As outlined in the Student Assessment Policy, students are also given the opportunity to re-sit an exam, if failing it has resulted in failure of the unit.
If a student is identified as “At Risk” (for PBC students, see Student Course Progress Policy and Student Course Progress Procedure; for SCD students, see SCD Monitoring Course Progress of Overseas Students Policy and Procedures and SCD Students at Academic Risk Policy and Procedures; for ACCS students, see Progress, Completion and Attendance Policy and Procedure and Students at Academic Risk Policy and Procedure) they may be required to access support, as advised by faculty, to assist in improving their results. This may include meeting with their faculty Growth Group advisor, attending a study group, accessing tutoring, etc.
At the end of each semester, student progress is examined by the Dean of Studies. It is also the role of the Dean of Studies to re-enrol students, resulting in any academic issues that surfaced in the previous semester being discussed at this time, and recommendations to strengthen the student’s progress are explored.
English Language Assistance Programs
PBC offers all students access to Studiosity. Studiosity is a free study support service with incredible benefits to you, whether you are an HD student or struggling to make sense of what to do. Studiosity offers core study skills and writing support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year. You can either Connect Live for personal support or submit your draft essay for Writing Feedback within 24 hours. You can access Studiosity through PBC Online and find more information in the HELP Course (PBC Online key: HELPME!).
Each Friday during semester time, Karrinyup Anglican Church – walking distance from the campus – offers free 3-hour long English tutoring sessions. These classes are suitable for anyone for whom English is an Additional Language (EAL) and who require support on a beginner, intermediate or advanced level. The focus during sessions is on improving speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Remember to bring $4 for coffee. This group also organises social events and excursions for participants.
Phone the IT Support line on 08 9243 2028. During office hours, office staff will triage the problem. When necessary, IT staff will be called in to remediate any problems. During out of office hours, students can leave a voicemail message which will be emailed to IT staff to triage and respond to as appropriate.
PBC uses PBC Online as our Learning Management System for students to access their course and unit content, as well as study support. Students gain access to PBC Online via the PBC Student Portal using their student email address. PBC Online is the gateway to Studiosity (24/7/365 study support), the HELP Course (extensive study support and PBC assignment completion expectations), all units offered by PBC, assignment submission options, and general information applicable to college life.
The Student Council is responsible to the Dean of Students for the conduct of student affairs, including ACCS and SCD students. The Student Council is responsible for the organisation and control of all “purely student” matters.
The Student Council is a group of about 4-6 students who are elected by the students to represent the student body’s interests and concerns. They act as a liaison from the students to the staff and in this sense the Student Council is open for ideas from the students to be heard and considered.
The Student Council organises and coordinates particular events where the students can come together and enjoy doing something different. Some of these events include balls, movie nights and other activities. They are also responsible for the upkeep and upgrading of the equipment in the common room which is designed specifically for student enjoyment and use.
The Student Council is funded by a voluntary contribution of $100 for full-time students and $50 for part-time students per semester. This contribution enables the Student Council to provide the services that it does at a minimal cost to the student.
Special Learning Needs, Mental health & Disability services
Perth Bible College strives to accommodate a variety of access needs for its students. Prospective students are invited to supply information on the Application for Admission form relating to any particular learning needs, disability, impairment or long-term medical condition which may affect their studies. They are given the option to receive advice on support services, equipment and facilities which may assist them. The Dean of Students liaises with all other relevant third parties to ensure individualised care plans for academic and emotional support are implemented and maintained for those where special learning needs, mental health or specific physical health issues are identified. The Student Support Policy further outlines details on mental health support for PBC students. For SCD students, the SCD Health and Safety Brochure and SCD Student Disability Policy outline the relevant support systems available. For ACCS students, please refer to the Student Support Services Policy and Procedure, Diversity and Equity Policy and Procedure, and the Safe and Well Booklet.
Health & Medical services
The following basic information was correct at the time of publication, but more up-to-date contact information should be accessed via the Internet:
|Facility||Distance from PBC||Address|
|St Luke Medical Centre||1.3km||1/57 Burroughs Road, Karrinyup, WA|
|Stirling Lakes Medical Centre||6.2km||1/734 Karrinyup Road, WA|
|Seacrest Medical Centre||7.2km||28 Seacrest Drive, Sorrento, WA|
Hospital Emergency Departments:
Depending on the level of urgency, to avoid long waiting times, check in real time how busy ED’s are in comparison to one another.
|Facility||Distance from PBC||Address|
|King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women||14.3km||374 Bagot Road, Subiaco, WA|
|Royal Perth Hospital||15.1km||197 Wellington Street, Perth, WA|
|Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital||17.3km||Hospital Avenue, Nedlands, WA|
|Perth Children’s Hospital||17.6km||Hospital Avenue, Nedlands, WA|
|Joondalup Health Campus Emergency Department||22.5km||Corner of Grand Boulevard & Shenton Avenue, Joondalup, WA|
Phone & Online services:
|Health and Wellness Services||https://www.blackswanhealth.com.au/|
|Health Direct Australia||a 24-hour health advice service by registered nurses||www.healthdirect.org.au||1800 022 222|
|24-hour Emergency Contacts||Crisis Care Helpline, Lifeline, Sexual Assault Resource Centre, etc.||http://www.entrypointperth.com.au/resources/24hr-emergency-contacts/||1800 199 008 or 9233 1111|
In case of a critical incident PBC follows the policy and procedures outlined in Critical Incident Management Policy and Critical Incident Management Procedure. After hours emergency assistance can be sought from the Dean of Counselling on 08 9243 2002, the PBC Principal on 08 9243 2003, the ACCS Principal on 0408 967 720 (all Bachelor of Counselling students), and/or the Property Manager on 08 9243 2004. For SCD students, please refer to the SCD Critical Incident Policy and Procedures and SCD Health and Safety Brochure. For ACCS students, please refer to the Critical Incident Policy and Procedures.
Sexual assault or harassment services and support
Perth Bible College is a community-centred, faith-based higher education provider. We believe that community is a primary means for personal transformation as well as being foundational for healthy church ministry. To facilitate this, part of our training includes being part of a transforming community. PBC, therefore, believes that members of this community will feel safe and respected, thereby contributing to both preventing sexual assault and sexual harassment and dealing in a caring manner with incidents that may occur. The practices, policies and procedures that underwrite this belief are outlined in the Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Policy and its associated procedure and the form Application to Use Electronic Resources Perth Bible College, signed by all students before they commence their studies at PBC. For ACCS students, please refer to the Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedure.
After hours emergency assistance can be sought from the Dean of Counselling & Pastoral Care on 08 9243 2002, the Principal on 08 9243 2003, and/or the Property Manager on 08 9243 2004. Students can also gain access to the Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) at http://www.wnhs.health.wa.gov.au/ or on 1800 199 88 or 08 9340 1828 for free medical, forensic and supportive care, including a free counselling service and an Aboriginal Liaison Officer.
|Emergency||000||For life threatening situations requiring police/ambulance/fire & rescue services|
|SES||13 25 00||State Emergency Services (SES)|
|Police Assistance||131 444||When police attendance is required|
|Crime Stoppers||1800 333 000||Report crimes anonymously|
|Police Direct||https://www.police.wa.gov.au/||Reports, applications and payments|
|Sexual Assault Resource Centre||1800 199 888 or 08 9340 1828||For free medical, forensic and supportive care to people who have been sexually assaulted or sexually abused in the past two weeks.|
Safety & Security on campus
College car parks are located in close proximity to the main Administration area and lecture rooms and are clearly lit in the evening. Likewise, safety is ensured as residential students live adjacent to car parks and are aware of disturbances.
The PBC campus contains a number of self-contained units, which are provided for student accommodation. Students are made aware that life on campus is a privilege and is to be seen as an integral part of their and their family’s spiritual and ministry formation. In many ministry situations, community living is part of the work situation. All students are encouraged to treat College units as they would someone’s private dwelling and respect the privacy of residents. This includes not entering these units without the invitation of the residents.
Student units contain a lounge area for the relaxation and recreation of the students living in that unit. Single students are free to invite visitors of the same sex to their units and use the lounge area for entertaining provided that the other occupants of the unit are not inconvenienced, e.g. through loud talking during study times, etc. When a single student wishes to invite a person of the opposite sex to visit their unit, whether that person be part of a group or by themselves (e.g. their mother or father), the permission of the other members of the unit is required. A single student is not to be alone in the unit with another person of the opposite sex, nor is a person of the opposite sex to be in a student’s bedroom.
Residential students require the prior approval of the College Administrator for a visitor (guest, friend or family member) to stay at the College over-night.
Safety & security online
All students sign the Application to Use Electronic Resources Perth Bible College before they commence their studies at PBC.
If you need access to external bodies for legal advice on an academic matter, please consult the Complaints, Appeals and Opportunities for Improvement Policy and accompanying procedure.
- All PBC’s undergraduate courses qualify for Centrelink Youth Allowance & Ausstudy Assistance to help domestic full-time students with living expenses.
- FEE-HELP is a student loan scheme for which you may be eligible. To find out if you qualify, visit http://studyassist.gov.au/sites/studyassist/helppayingmyfees/.
- Although there are no full fee-paying scholarships available for beginning students, the college does offer work contracts for which all full-time students are eligible to apply. Work contracts enable students to subsidise their fees in exchange for performing certain cleaning, library, or maintenance duties around the campus.
- The Graham D. Michie Scholarship and the Overseas Student scholarship is awarded annually to continuing students.
- Students can apply for a study grant from the Concerned Christian Growth Ministries Charitable trust under the guidance of their lecturer.
- The Scarborough Christian Service Fund allows PBC to use interest earned on an investment loan to be distributed to deserving students to provide funds towards college fees.
Because Perth Bible College is inter-denominational, students and staff need to be tolerant and understanding of the denominational doctrinal distinctives, policies and practices of all students. We should all seek to edify others and not pull them down. (1 Cor 8:1, “Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.”)
Equal Opportunity & Harassment
Perth Bible College does not discriminate in the admission and access to its programmes and activities on the basis of handicap, age, sex, race, colour, national or ethnic origin. Perth Bible College does not discriminate on the basis of gender but affords equal opportunities for both men and women in service, employment, training, leadership and teaching.
Complaints and Appeals
Perth Bible College implements the following policies and procedures for all internal complaints and appeals:
- Admissions Policy and procedure
- Complaints, Appeals and Opportunities for Improvement Policy and procedure.
- Enrolment – Domestic Students Policy and procedure
- Enrolment – Overseas Students Policy and procedure
- Student Transfer Policy – Overseas Students and procedure
- Academic Freedom Policy
The College refers SCD students to the following policies and procedures:
- SCD Student Grievance Policy and Procedures,
- SCD Grievance Flowchart,
- SCD Transfer between Registered Providers Policy,
- SCD Record-Keeping Policy,
- SCD Refund and Withdrawal Policy.
Employment Rights & Conditions – Fair Work Ombudsman
You can access information on your employment rights and conditions in Australia, and how to resolve workplace issues through the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website at https://www.fairwork.gov.au/small-business-showcase/paying-employees.
During the course of study, students may be involved in ministry practicum. In ministry practicum, students are expected to be involved at a leadership level of ministry. This might include involvement with a co-ordination or leadership group for a ministry area, regularly leading a ministry area, planning and running an event, etc. These activities form a framework for the discussion of the student’s spiritual development and service, as well as provide for a reference to future employers.
Ministry Forums are often held throughout the semester and can consist of either a visiting missionary or ministry worker sharing their experience and about the ministry they are involved in, a panel discussion about varied areas of ministry, or a small devotion. These forums not only provide a broad overview of what God is doing in the world but also provide contacts from a range of areas that may offer employment opportunities.
Additionally, PBC is continuously seeking partnerships with external organisations to ensure industry relevance and provide avenues for graduate success.