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Welcome to the Faculty of Education, Professional Experience Centre placement site SONIA

The SONIA student placement system provides Pre-service Teachers, University Advisors, Schools and Centres electronic access to:

  • Placement documentation regarding professional experience placements
  • School/centre placement site details
  • Complete online placement forms and reports
  • Check personal details including mandatory checks
  • Upload Documents 

Students please continue to check Professional Experience Student Centre for announcements and additional information related to professional experience.

     No current valid WWCC/Blue Card = No Professional Experience 

Professional Experience Student Centre

As per Pre-service Teacher Agreement, students may be expected to travel up to 90 minutes/90 kilometres to and from a professional experience placement, from your registered address on SONIA regardless of transport arrangements.

Professional Experience Centre (PEC) Contact Details:

Placement Enquiries - email:

Mentor Pay Claims - email:

Phone: (02) 6626 9384


PEC Gold Coast Campus

Placement Coordinators
Alison Adams
Renee Hogben
Tiffany Cutter
(Gold Coast and Tweed/Online students)

Professional Experience Administration
Isabella Smith


PEC Lismore Campus

Team Leader
Sandra Kenny

Placement Coordinator
Judy de Vries
(Lismore, Ballina, Byron Bay/Online students)



PEC Coffs Harbour Campus

Placement Coordinator
Jenny Barron
(Coffs Harbour, Grafton/Online students)

Professional Experience Administration
Vicki Hennessy



Mentor Pay Claims

Isabella Smith
Vicki Hennessy



Useful Links: Professional Experience Centre   SCU COVID Updates  Student Equity & Inclusion

Privacy Collection Notice
Southern Cross University requires this information to arrange and facilitate your student placement or other professional experience activity, and for related statistical and reporting purposes. This may include disclosing personal or health information that is reasonably required to relevant third parties including placement providers, regulatory bodies or government departments. You may not be able to participate in placement/professional experience activities if you do not provide the information requested. 
We will treat your information confidentially and will not disclose it, other than in accordance with this notice, without your consent unless we are permitted or required to do so by law.
The University uses ‘Sonia’ student placement software to managing student placements and other professional experience opportunities. Information on how ‘Sonia’ handles personal information can be found here.
For more information on how the information will be used and disclosed, or to access and update your personal information, please contact your placement supervisor or Professional Experience Unit. For information on how the University collects, stores, uses and discloses personal information see the University’s Privacy Management Plan or contact the Privacy Officer at